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Unforgettable Melodies and Timeless Moments

Sadie is presently a part of the pre-sonography program here at CFCC. She grew up in a military household, and both of her
parents served in the Navy, where they originally met. Currently, Sadie and her husband reside in Wallace, NC, near their family farm. While taking a class at CFCC, she developed a passion for writing and intends to pursue her book-writing journey. Even if she never gets published, Sadie feels that the effort put into writing is rewarding enough.

Isn’t it mind-boggling how life is ever-changing? No matter how much
you plan or prepare yourself for life’s next challenges or movements, you can never know what will happen. With life’s unwavering ability to surprise you, where’s the stability? I have found my solidity in several places, one being music. Amid an uproar of moments in life passing you by so fast, you feel like you are on a roller coaster, you can simply turn on your music. It can take you back to a moment in time when just maybe, life was calmer. Music has the remarkable ability to stir emotions and evoke memories. Throughout our lives, certain songs become intertwined with specific moments, creating a soundtrack that encapsulates our unique journey.

As a child, every day felt like a new adventure, filled with innocence and boundless imagination. One particular memory that stands out vividly in my mind – is a sunny afternoon spent exploring the enchanting woods with my twin sister, Nichole, near our old house. This was one of our favorite things to do together, finding random flowers to bring home and decorate our room with or pretending we were finding our very own “Narnia.” The song that transports me back to the magical time as a child is “Pure Imagination” by Gene Wilder from the movie Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. This truly whimsical melody captures the essence of childhood wonder and ignites a sense of curiosity within me as I reminisce about those carefree days. Unfortunately, those carefree days don’t last forever and eventually, you have to grow up and deal with life’s challenges. With that comes the beauty in life, seeing how one can overcome these obstacles with beauty and grace to truly shows one’s character deep within their soul.

Personal triumphs and resilience are something to be proud of and reminisce on when going through difficult times. Life is full of challenges and obstacles that test us. One of the most significant moments of triumph in my life was when I finally graduated from high school after years of hard work, determination, trials, and obstacles. While my high school life and home life were far from normal in this period of my life, there truly was a blessing throughout it. I gained a beautiful village that continues to support me and love me throughout all of my endeavors. The song that instantly takes me back to that joyous day is “Hall of Fame’’ by The Script ft. Will.i.am. With its empowering lyrics and uplifting melody, this anthem of sorts represents the countless hours of studying, sacrifices made, and unwavering belief in myself that led me to that pivotal moment of graduating. After graduation, I craved change and thought that would lead me to ultimate happiness.

This led me to my decision to move to Florida since my grandmother needed help on the family ranch there anyway.

One song that particularly resonates with me and my memory of moving to find myself, only to discover that my happiness was at my old home, is “Homeward Bound” by Simon & Garfunkel. As I embarked on a new chapter in my life, seeking adventure and personal growth in a different state, I believed that the answers to my happiness and fulfillment lay somewhere beyond the familiar. However, as time went on, a sense of longing and nostalgia for my old home began to creep in. Every time I hear the gentle strumming of the guitar and the comforting harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel’s voices in “Homeward Bound, I am reminded of the emotional journey I embarked on and the realization that sometimes happiness is not found in external changes, but in embracing the roots and connections that made me who I am today. The song acts as a poignant reminder that home is not just a physical place, but a state of being, and that sometimes, the greatest discoveries are made by returning to where it all began.

The connection between music and memory is a profound and deeply personal one. As I reflect on the soundtrack of my life, it becomes evident that certain songs hold the power to transport me back to specific moments and stir the emotions associated with them. Whether it is the whimsical melodies of childhood innocence, the triumphant anthem of personal resilience, or finding that you can’t find happiness, each song serves as a vessel of sorts that carries me through time and allows me to relive those experiences. Music can elicit emotions and trigger memories in a way that few forms of art can. It serves as a universal language in a sense, speaking directly to our souls and connecting us to the moments that have shaped us into who we are today. Each song carries its unique meaning and the memories they evoke become forever etched in our minds. As I continue on my journey through life, I am certain that the soundtrack will grow and evolve like a flower. Adding new songs that become intertwined with new memories, the beauty of music lies in its ability to capture those fleeting moments and make them timeless through melody. In essence, the soundtrack of our lives is a testament to the power of music and its ability to shape our experiences. It is a testament to the enduring impact of certain melodies and lyrics that accompany us along our journey of ever-changing life.

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