The beauty in a breakdown

Life is crazy, and there is no way of getting around that fact. People come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities, weather changes in an instant, politicians make decisions that impact our lives without talking to us, and just when you start to think you’re finally pulling everything together something comes out of left field and changes your entire perspective. 

Want to know something else about life? 

Life is beautiful. The things that make us different are the sources of great art, and in that art there are universal feelings of love, loss, longing, happiness, sadness, and a wide range of similar emotions we all recognize. Maybe you don’t know what inspired a piece of art that speaks to you, but the fact you connect with it cannot be denied.

When life throws us curveballs we try to take comfort in the fact we know, deep down, that we are not alone. The unpredictability of existence is the one constant in the universe that ties us all together. We are all on this journey called life together, and though our individual experiences may differ the way we feel and react is largely the same. 

This is why art, specifically music, is so powerful. Music allows us to take big ideas that feel unique unto ourselves and convey them in a way that help us connect with others who have gone through similar situations. As fans, music allows us to know we are not alone because somewhere out there is a singer-songwriter who knows the way we feels. That interconnectivity is everything.

So please, tell your story. Share your experience and connect with others who know your pain/joy/etc. That is the stuff that makes life great.

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the Director of Customer Engagement at Haulix and host of the company's podcast, Inside Music. He is also a public speaker known for promoting careers in the entertainment industry, as well as an entertainment journalist with over a decade of experience. His bylines include Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Nu Sound, and Under The Gun Review, among other popular outlets.