I’m graduating from college in a month, and I have never had more sporadic emotions about an impending life transition, ever. In the course of a week I swing from lying awake anxious in my bed at 4 AM, to feeling like I will explode with excitement about moving to a still yet-to-be-determined city and building a new phase of life for myself. My general feelings about graduation — and, more generically, moving away from a place I’ve lived a solid life for four years — changes approximately once every 45 seconds.
Here’s a playlist for being excited and scared and also sort of calm about whatever is going to come next, while simultaneously having a lot of feelings about something really wonderful coming to an end. Won’t you join me in clinging to the past while yearning for the future?
Everything’s Changing and You’re Excited but Also Terrified
If I Ever Leave This World Alive – Flogging Molly
Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Goodbye, Goodbye – Tegan and Sara
Up Up Up – GIVERS
Love on Top – Beyoncé
Don’t Wait – Mapei
We Will All Be Changed – Seryn
Dissolve Me – Alt-J
Breatherz (Young as Clouds) – Rubblebucket
Sentimental X’s – Broken Social Scene
Silver Lining – Rilo Kiley
Time To Run – Lord Huron
Blue Skies – Noah and the Whale
That’s the Way – Led Zeppelin
Travel So Far – Joan Armatrading
Crueler Kind – San Fermin
Rivers and Roads – The Head and the Heart
Genius of Love – Tom Tom Club
Want to suggest a playlist theme? Hit Stef up and someone on the team might make it for you.