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Regarding music, the biggest shift in mindset for me was when I heard (and I can't remember where from now) that music theory is _descriptive_ and not proscriptive.

In other words, people have made music since the beginning of recorded history in ways that sound pleasing to them, and music theory is the language that evolved to describe the types of music that consistently sounded good to some people. It's not a set of rules that you must follow, and in fact if you stick too closely to what came before your music will probably be boring to most people.

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