In today’s society we are almost constantly surrounded by technology such as our desktop computers, laptops, and phones. This environment is present regardless if we are at work or at home. However, spending too much time online is not good for your mental health. That’s why it is good to take a breather and spend time away from the electronics. Even taking just one day away from the internet can have a huge positive impact on your mental wellness.
Most of us have been invited to attend a wedding ceremony of a family member or friend. At these events, the family and friends of both the bride and groom travel to attend this special ceremony at the location of the couple’s choice. (Sometimes the couple decides to limit the amount of people invited.) In addition, the ceremony is often followed by a reception later in the day. These are joyful gatherings which celebrate an important decision. In fact, they are so important that other plans will be rearranged in order to be able to attend the ceremony.
During my transition from being a High School student to becoming a young adult, I’ve learned why the standard classic video games are priceless. While going through this time of my life, I’ve been very busy with college. With this priority at hand, I am unable to spend as much time buying and playing the newest video games on the newest gaming consoles. (Not to mention how expensive that would get.) Therefore, whenever I take a moment to play video games, I choose to play retro games. These types of games are very simple and easy to understand. They are some of the most basic video games out there that just about anyone could learn how to play. In my experience, the depth of these games is fitting for how long I want to take a break from my responsibilities. Within just a few rounds of retro games (about 10 minutes total), I’ll be ready to turn the games off and go back to work.
It is surprising how much our world has changed within this calendar year of 2020. Back in January, the world was operating in a normal manner. All restaurants were open for dine-in service (in addition to take out and/or drive thru). Similarly, movie theatres and bars were open for business. Shortly after January however, these services were shut down due to the coronavirus. Events such as concerts and important meetings were either being cancelled or postponed. In addition, schools were closed and people were laid off from their jobs. In today’s society, many people are working from home. Business meetings are now being held through means of virtual communication Those who are not able to work from home (with the exception of essential emergency services) have had to file for unemployment. The large number of people who have had to file for unemployment has led to a financial crisis. This financial crisis is in addition to the health crisis that the coronavirus has caused.
The second piece on the release (Foreign Area) titled “Beauty in the Unfamiliar” is a short and calm piano piece which is meant to convey the nature of everything being shut down by COVID-19. The piece begins in a very calm manner and then maintains a steady eighth note motion in the accompaniment line. On this steady rhythmic motion begins in the key of B Major, the chords in this piece travel in unexpected directions as a way of highlighting uncertainty and the unexpected. However, the piece returns to B Major occasionally to illustrate stability and confidence moving forward in this challenging time. Eventually the eighth note momentum ceases and the piece concludes with a B Major chord. This ending is meant to help the listener feel at ease. In general, this piece can help the listener relax whenever they are stressed or trying to go to sleep. (See links below.)
In today’s society, we spend lots of time on social media, whether it be from our computers or mobile devices. We can instantly log into our social media profiles whether it be from home, in between two back to back classes, or during a brief lunch break at work. Whether you post often on social media platforms, or simply just read the posts of others, social media has a tendency to take up a lot of our free time. Sometimes, taking a break from it may be necessary.