For the past week, I haven’t been listening to any secular music. NONE, I mean NONE. No kpop, no jrock, no pop, no rock, no rap, no hiphop, no nothing. Some of you are probably wondering why. I made a bet with my friend. The goal of this bet was to become closer with God. No distractions, no music other than gospel, Christian contemporary, classic, or music with Christian lyrics. I love God. I love Him in my own way that is unique to others. This past week has been especially hard for me. You have to understand that music is VERY important to me. To be cut off from music is like…cutting off a vital piece of me. Music is a part of me. But she can’t seem to understand that. After the week ended, she wanted to do it for one more week. I can’t. I literally CAN’T. I will go crazy. Music centers me. Music is to me what art is to her. I go to music to relax, to calm my fears, to organize my thoughts, to release my anger, to show my joy. When I heard the beginning notes of Serenade by Versailles, it felt like a weight was lifted off my chest. I could breathe easier. I could think. I felt more like me. This past week I felt lost, not complete. She thinks she has won something. She thinks next time it will be easier for me. No, never again. No one will force me to do something I don’t want to do. God created music. By appreciating music, I like to think I’m appreciating one of His glorious creations.