I have many influences which formed who I am so far - I'm still quite young, you see. I would say my biggest influence is music, and in particular, Westlife. Through Westlife I learned all about love, friendship, life, and about what it means to be me. To follow my dreams and try, and try again. I know that sounds pretty silly, but it's not as though I'm trying to claim life experience here. What I do claim is wisdom. It's no wonder Westlife was also a favourite band of the late great Blessed Pope John Paul 2. He even got to meet them!
The lyrics Westlife put out aren't songs of lovey dovey love. Their songs, especially the later albums are actually deep meditations on the topic. It touches on a lot of suffering, and a lot of mysteries of the heart and soul. I would venture to say Westlife is the reason I'm an optimist and the reason why I so believe that love is still real, even today.
As for Christ? Well, I don't think for a minute that I didn't just stumble upon Westlife by accident, or that they drew me in close right from that first song just because I liked the song. I remember devouring their songs for days and weeks on end.
It is true though, that what you expose yourself to impacts you. Those exposed to positive, genuine, soul moving material tend to actual have that shift. Those who tend more to violent and degrading things tend to move in that direction as well.
Christ presented to me Westlife for some reason I know not of, and not just to speak to me through the music. Truly a lot of their songs are actually quite devotional. There is still some greater purpose to all this, I just know it.
No matter what happens in life, there is a reason for it and for better or worse that reason is for your good. "And we know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good, to such as, according to his purpose, are called to be saints." (Romans 8:28)