say yes more often

I am a big fan of music. I played piano growing up (and am determined to get back into it), I rarely listen to podcasts because it takes away from my music time, and when I was younger I would volunteer at concerts, handing out programs just to catch the last thirty minutes of the main set. I was probably ten at the time, but I loved every second of it. Being in a room, watching someone play the songs they wrote for people who came from all over just to listen to them. It's the closest thing to magic I can think of. 

Something happens in a show. For those three hours, there is no us and them. Every person in that room is having a shared experience, and you're dancing with the stranger next to you and no one cares. It's the only place I've found where I can get out of my own head, forget everything and just be. Live music does something for your soul that is indescribable. 

I was invited to go see The Struts open up for the Foo Fighters at Madison Square Garden recently. I said yes immediately, without thinking. I had never heard of The Struts before, and I thought I didn't know any songs by the Foo Fighters (turns out I knew a few!), but I couldn't wait. Now I'm a fan of both The Struts and the Foo Fighters.

I guess my point is, it doesn't matter if you like the band or have never heard of the band or think you don't like the band, you should say yes to concerts. You should say yes to new experiences. Even if you have to put in a few extra work hours to make up for it. Even if you have to sacrifice a few months of Netflix to pay for it. A new experience is always worth the cost. We should say yes more often.