I was about 15 and on the bus to school when Take Me to Church started playing on the radio. It was the first song by Hozier I had ever heard, and my 15-year-old self was not impressed.
I remember thinking the tune was kind of catchy, but I didn’t think much of it past that. I was still going through that stage where I only listened to classic rock and thought anything newer was not worth my time.
Flash forward many years. It wasn’t until relatively recently that, prompted by a friend who’s a fan, I finally listened to some of Hozier’s songs again. And fell head over heels in love. In fact, To Be Alone is playing through my earbuds as I write this and Hozier’s soulful, blues rock, songs are the soundtrack that carries me through this act of my life.
So, enough about my obsession with Hozier – though, I mean guys, that voice. This post is really about second chances. I don’t know what it was for you – a person you didn’t like before you got to know them, a food you hated as a kid but now eat regularly, music, art, politics – but I’m sure you can think of a time where you allowed your perspective to change and awesomeness ensued.
So, I want you to think: are there things that are still holding you back? A belief or fear you still hold but don’t know why? An assumption you still make, though you no longer have much justification? My advice is to give it a second chance and see if you still feel the same way. Don’t let past memories keep you trapped – sometimes you gotta start fresh and see where it takes you.
I mean, imagine if I didn’t have Hozier to keep me company during caffeine- fuelled late-night study sessions. The world would be bleaker even than the London winter we’re about to face.