Obviously, now all my blog readers will know without a doubt I’m an old person, because there are a WHOLE lot more songs on this list and the one coming up tomorrow…because…they’re songs from my youth.
Music seems to really stick with us when we’re young and trying to figure out who we are and what we want to do. And graduating from high school and college or a trade school or even 8th grade or 5th grade or kindergarten is a time to feel special and accomplished. And now there are so many young people out there not only missing out on that celebration and sense of completion and togetherness with their friends and families, but also, maybe even to some degree, missing out on discovering parts of who they are. This whole mess might be changing who they are or will be. I’m hoping that’s for the better, if it’s true.
I guess I felt accomplished when I graduated from college, but I was definitely at a loss for what I was going to do with my life after formal education was over. I truly didn’t know what I wanted to do with myself, or felt settled in my life or felt I had a real purpose until I was in my mid 30s. And I think that’s okay. It’s common. It’s not pandemic related and it’s not youth related, necessarily either. We’re all unsure about who we are and what we’re going to do sometimes. I’m sure there are a lot of young people out there who are even more unsure and uncertain about not only who they want to be and what they want to do right now, but also if they’re going to have the freedom to choose a life for themselves about anything.
Twenty years ago (WOW…it was 20 years ago!), when I graduated from college, I didn’t really want to walk in the ceremony, and I didn’t really even want to have a party. I just wanted to move on with my life and figure some shit out to feel more secure. Right now, I have to keep the positive outlook that all of this too shall pass and we’re going to come out on the other side with more certainty about the people we are, and the things we want to do, and who we connect to.
Here’s my (longer) playlist for the year I graduated from college…2000.
- Beautiful Day by U2
- Yellow by Coldplay
- Say My Name by Destiny’s Child (Hey kids! Beyonce used to be part of a group called Destiny’s Child…I KNOW!…I’m old. Haha!)
- I Try by Macy Gray
- Don’t Tell Me by Madonna
- Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami
- Hello Operator by The White Stripes
- Bye Bye Bye by NSync (Hey kids! Justin Timberlake ALSO used to be part of a group called NSync…I KNOW!…SUPER old! Hahahahahaha!)
- The Light by Common
- Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Babylon by David Gray (no relation that I know of to Macy Gray)
- Maria Maria by Santana and The Product G&B
- Stellar by Incubus
- Batter Up by Nelly
- Hemorrhage (In My Hands) by Fuel
Congratulations to all you college grads who finished up online. You may not be walking in a big ceremony on time, but I still think your accomplishment is pretty rad, and I hope you find some inspiration to change the world in a positive way now that you’ve finished your degree. I believe in you.