When I was younger, I did a lot of memoir-type creative writing. It helped me process a lot of the things I went through as a teen, and at first I thought maybe it could help others to read it.
As time went on and I got older, I started to feel like maybe no one would want to read it after all. The experiences I had written pages and pages about, things that had seemed like such a big deal at the time, started to seem trivial. So I put the writing aside.
When I listen to Marina’s music, I hear a lot of the same themes that I’d tried to touch upon in my writing. Things I’d worried weren’t “deep” or “universal” enough are reflected in her music. She takes these same topics that I was afraid to write about, and turns them into something beautiful that has reached thousands of people.
Marina inspires me to keep moving forwards, to keep writing, and to stop judging myself so harshly. When I listen to her music, I am reminded that my experiences may have been more universal than I had previously thought.
The other song by Marina that you have to check out is Teen Idle. This song reminds me so much of my own adolescence, it hurts. But it’s so beautiful.