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Reason #24 to love Living in Olympia: ‘Come As You Are’

June 19, 2010

Reason #24 to love Living in Olympia: ‘Come As You Are’

Kurt CobainSadly, April 5th, 2010 marked the 16th anniversary of the death of grunge rock icon Kurt Cobain. While his life and music inspired countless people worldwide, his impact was felt on a much more personal level locally. Growing up in nearby Aberdeen WA, Cobain moved to Olympia at the age of 18 where he soon formed the band Nirvana.

Cobain spent his life searching for meaning, often struggling to fit in with the cruel world he perceived around him. His suffering and discontent with life and humanity showed through clearly in his art. However, through the outlet of music his pain was transformed into beauty. Not beauty in the sense of a well-orchestrated musical composition, but in the sense of being vulnerable, transparent, and real. Through music, Cobain was able to connect with and touch the hearts of anyone who shared in his feeling of disconnection.

Feeling misunderstood nearly his whole life, music presented him with an opportunity to lay his beliefs out there on a grand scale. His genuine, candid take on life always showed through and he was never one to conform to expectations. He always stayed true to his heart, even if it meant going against the grain. In a world where everyone and everything is constantly being fit into neatly packaged boxes, Kurt Cobain told the world to “come as you are”.

I can’t help but feel like that sentiment is shared by the community here in Olympia. Regardless of what you look like, where you come from, or what you do, as long as you are true to yourself you are welcome here. I think that is a respectable quality in a city and one of the reasons I love being here in Olympia. There is a sense of community here that is only possible because of the willingness to accept and respect our differences.

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