playlist: cosmos

You aren't a true New Yorker until you've cried on the subway, quietly letting tears stream down your face while you listen to a dramatic indie song about coming-of-age that makes you feel like you're in 500 Days of Summer. At least, that's what I tell myself when it always sometimes happens to me.

There's a saying I've recently come to both love and understand:
"For a star to be born, there is one thing that must happen: A nebula must collapse. So collapse. Crumble. This is not your destruction. This is your birth." 
In light of this quote (and the daily woes of being a young adult in a cruel, cruel world), I've created "cosmos," a playlist that is a collection of inspirational, soul-reviving "you'll-get-through-it-because-you're-strong-and-life-is-beautiful" songs to instill the slightest bit of hope into your heavy heart on those days where you just can't seem to win.

I think the power of music is wildly underrated. There are songs in which the lyrics cut so deep into my bones that I want to get the words tattooed on my skin. There are albums that have helped me cope with entire phases of my life. That's a true moment, when a song can sing back to you some sort of comfort you didn't have before. This collection of songs is near and dear to my heart, and I hope some of these tunes can offer you as much solace in your lives as I know they have in mine.

A couple noteworthy songs to listen to next time you feel like you're about to have an emotional breakdown definitely include "Take Your Time - Acoustic" by Fun., for when you're commuting home after a tough day; "Smile" by Mikky Ekko, for those days when the world feels big and scary; "Kill Your Heroes" by AWOLNATION, for when you wake up in a funk and want to change your mood; "Happy" by Marina and The Diamonds, for when it's midnight you feel terribly alone; and "All These Things That I've Done" by The Killers, for when the tears are streaming down your face and you need a way to let it all out.


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