All of my life I have adored the story of Peter Pan. I can relate so much of my personality to
Peter's whimsical desire to remain a child forever. I have met many adults throughout my lifetime that
have appeared unhappy and jaded; they lacked the spark that young kids carry. Peter's fantasy has always
been appealing to me, I suppose because of the associations I make with the life of a child; care free, no
responsibility, innocence, and just a general fresh and unique curiosity and appreciation for the things
most people take for granted every day.
One extremely huge influence that has kept me grounded since childhood is music. I can
remember being very young dancing to James Taylor and Eric Clapton with my parents in our
livingroom. Music is a refuge for me. The community associated with the music scene I am involved in
advocates love and respect for one another.
At a local youth club I attend frequently the singer of one
band halted the entire show to say, "You are choosing to be part of something positive instead of out
causing harm and getting into trouble. Thank you for supporting yourself, us, and each other." No matter
what place I am in or how awful I have felt, I have always had music to fall back on.
Another large puzzle piece to my personality as been art and writing. I have always been thankful
for having a talent that allows me to express myself visually. Coping with stress and anxiety was difficult
for me until a friend of mine suggested I get my feelings out through my art. Some of the best things I
have created were during difficult periods of my life. A finished piece of work brings me a sense of pride...