By Amanda Azizi on Dec, 19, 2016
Being in school is both fun and stressful. It is fun to attend classes because I get to learn new things. There are also different organizations and activities that I can join to and at the same time make friends with other students. Generally, it is a great idea to go to school during weekdays because it means discovering new things and people that all contributes to the development and molding of myself as a person. On the other hand, it is also stressful to be at school because the many school assignment, projects, exams and other academic responsibilities can be so draining at times. This is especially true when all of the subjects announce their deadlines of academic requirements. These are the reasons why I decided to look for other ways of helping my mind and body cope to stress. I want to relieve myself of stress so I can still enjoy the fun things at school while being able to satisfy the academic requirements without getting irritable and too stressed. I was in this state when I received a brochure about a school that offer drum lessons. One of the lines in the brochure says about the life benefits of playing drums.
I read the brochure and found out that the school that offer the drum lessons is just a few blocks away from our house. I read further and learned that it won’t cost me that much but the benefits are more than what I will pay for. The fact that there will be long term life benefits has made me more convinced to try the lessons. When I was a little kid, I was able to experience one session of drum lesson with the other small girls in our neighborhood back in our first residential house. However, I was not able to attend more lessons because we had to move to where we are living now. Memories of me happily hitting the drum poured suddenly. So I immediately contacted the school that offer the drum lessons. I expressed interest in availing the lessons and would be happy to start immediately. I was told to go to their building the next day so I can be introduced to the students who were already taking lessons for days or weeks. I was so excited when I learned that I can start that soon.
During my first day of taking drum lessons, I was introduced to a group of people who have the same age as me. Many of them are also females like me. There are also males and there are some who are a little younger or a little older than me. I can say that it was the best drum lessons I’ve ever had because I got to meet new people who also have a lot of interests that are similar with mine. I was happy when we got to introduce ourselves one by one because it was when I got to know basic information about them. As I attend more lessons, I was able to deepen my relationship and understanding of the other students in the drum school. But aside from the camaraderie and friendship, we all enjoy the lessons more whenever we are instructed to hit the drums and whenever we are told to follow instructions to achieve certain beats and rhythms. It was such a pure joy and precious moment to see the other students who are now also my friends enjoying every hit they do no the drums. The smiles in their lips and eyes are just priceless. It was like we are driving away the bad energies in our bodies including the stress and just inviting the positive vibes that make us very happy and relaxed.
I can definitely say that attending drum lessons has greatly helped in making my life far better now. Because of the lessons I learned, I was able to cope with the stressful days at school. The actual of drums itself is helping me to release the stresses, which is great because I am able to handle stressful situations without getting too irritated and moody. The regular playing of drums has developed my patience and understanding of everything I do particularly the stressful and challenging ones. I became more patient and, thus, able to complete every task particularly those at school.
Lastly, one of the long term benefits of attending drum lessons is the new friends I gain at the drum school. They are now the new friends that help me in the things I do at school and in life.