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Stop thinking.
Right now.
Stop whatever you’re doing and
Turn on the radio,
Doesn’t matter what song comes up,
Just listen to it.

Doesn’t matter whether it’s cool or whether it’s not,
Just listen.
It could be rap or country,
Snoop Dog or Tim McGraw,
Doesn’t matter,
Just listen.

Now, close your eyes.
Just listen to the song,
Listen to yourself breathing.

Forget about everything,
Forget about your day,
Forget about where you are,
Forget, and
Just listen.

Listen to the music,
Listen to the beat, the rhythm.
It doesn’t matter what the lyrics are,
Sing along even if you don’t know the words.

Now, dance.
Not the type of dancing that you would do with a boy
Or at a party.
But the type of dancing that you do when no one is watching,
The type of dancing you do in the rain.
So dance, even if people are watching, no one cares.
Just dance.

As the song ends,
Don’t turn off the radio, but listen to the next song, and

Just stop.
Just listen.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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