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The question in some ways needs to become "How has Metallica not impacted your life?" I know that I have not been a fan of Metallica as long as many people out there. What I do know is how, in my short span of time, Metallica has saved me from loosing myself. In a world where nothing always goes right, everything has gone wrong. I spent the first 10 years of my life in Brooklyn, growing up. Growing up faster than any child should have to. Learning the hard way about what drugs, alcohol, sex, betrayal and lies can do to a family. I had to learn to live with a father I rarely saw, and a sick and addicted mother I became the caretaker of. The only thing that held me through was the music. I learned to live with foster parents when my mother entered long-term rehabilitation. Learned to adjust to new friends often, and the thought of spending years of my life with strangers. My energy was poured into my school work, making my grades the best they could be, and trying to look happy while doing it. Metallica's music poured that energy back into me. And when I finally loved the family I became part of, I learned to throw on a smile and pretend it was okay to send me back to my mother. I adjusted to some new friends....and made many mistakes that looking back I regret. My skin was tough and I grit my teeth as my mother relapsed again and again. I became the parent in the household one more time. Through all of the days when there was no food to eat, no person to talk to, and no hope to grasp, I turned to Metallica. I turned myself to the pounding, throbbing beats, the haunting melodies, and the one voice I could identify with. Times were hard, and their music was harder. Could things be better right now? Everyone's life can be a little better. The music that is made by Metallica has brought me closer to a few very important friends, helped me make it through any situation, showed me that there is someone out there who really does understand, and has proven that I am not alone. The only way to drown out what I had to face each day, was to loose myself to them each night. And in return, they gave me back myself.

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