High school feels like a century ago. The first week of college has passed by in one big, happy, yet surreal blur - so much has gone on in such little time and it's difficult to process, and yet I have never felt more excited or overwhelmed all at once. I am starting to put names to faces, and can wave at people as we pass by each other in the halls of my dorms or on my way to class. I am striking conversations with intelligent people from all corners of the world, and am in awe that many things I once thought I only had passions for and obsessed over are also loved by many of my classmates or often even more obsessed over. I am bonding over the struggles of having to do laundry for the first time, or having to ask a million times to upperclassmen "Excuse me but... Where is... Dewick... again?" I am dancing my heart out with my roommate to "oldies but goodies" tunes and swinging our hallway door open as people listening from outside flood in singing at the top of their lungs the very song we are blasting. And I am standing on the roof of Tisch Library at 2am, engaging in stimulating conversations that I would never have had with anyone in my high school nor pictured having with anyone my age, reserving them for late night ice cream runs with (embarrassingly enough) my dad and dog. Suddenly things I had often never had the strength or wish to share come bubbling up from my throat eagerly, embraced by the community, welcomed by new and open ears. Just the other night, walking to a pizza parlor with friends, we found ourselves casually discussing global warming and quickly switched into nuclear weapons and Iran's nuclear deal, which quickly closed on the current presidential candidates. All while chewing on some cheese and pepperoni. I like the ability to be myself in college, and be who I want to be. The pettiness and clique-like nature of high school seems to have evaporated into thin air, and those that try to recreate its exclusive nature are quickly shut down. No one cares here. No one minds. Everyone is curious about everyone else, and it's refreshing. It feels good. It is feel good. And feeling good feels good.
As a result, I have comprised my top ten feel good songs for the beginning of college. For walking to class. For running. For dancing. For late nights. For life. Every day should feel this good.
If you liked what you saw above, feel free to go ahead and follow any of my playlists on Spotify (link listed above, or copy and paste it from right here: https://open.spotify.com/user/1240234400)! I love recommending music to others and also enjoy when others recommend music to me, so feel free to comment below with a few suggestions if you have any :)