This summer I’ve been thinking about what I REALLY want to do with my life. What I REALLY want to do with music.
Music is amazing. It has positive impact no matter what. However, this summer I had the privilege of meeting two people that made me think about how should I do music to impact people in a meaningful way.
Faith is a big part of how I got involved in music in the first place. I want to combine music and faith. I believe that Jesus called his disciples to take care of the broken. This summer I met a couple who works with a children’s choir in the Philippines. They write music to tell the story of poverty. They use music to connect with the kids, and when we use something like music to connect with the children of a community, a connection to the WHOLE community occurs.
I want to use my music to impact people in a way that causes change. I want to use it to heal communities and inspire others in a way that goes with my faith. I had a thought about a year ago for something I want to do, but now, I’m actually starting to believe I can make it happen.
I want to make choirs that help victims of human trafficking heal. I want to use music to make girls who have been victims of sexual trafficking smile. I want to use it so they can learn new skills and find confidence again.
So my long term idea is to develop a program to build choirs for former victims of sex trafficking. I’ve thought about combining music therapy with music education. Therapy helps with the actual mental and emotional healing on a deeper level. The music education (that’s me!) helps with the program development, the learning of a new skill, and the smiles.
I keep meeting certain people that know about the world of trafficking, and I do not think that is an accident.
So I think it’s actually on my heart now. I think I’m actually figuring out what I’m supposed to do. I started thinking about wanting to have this kind of social impact a few years ago. I did not really know what to do or how to do it. I would get excited about something, but not truly do something. I started dabbling in action with safe houses in high school, but I want to do something that actually will last. I think I’m going to go for it with this one and really make it work.