music for coping
Invisible things – lauv
Lauv has been one of my favorite artists for a while, as he sings and advocates for mental health and problems that many teens and young adults face today. In this song, he underscores how the materialistic culture in America is not what will truly contribute to our well being and happiness; but rather, he emphasizes “invisible” things, or intangible things such as love. It really taught me to value my experiences and build my personality rather than focus on my appearance.
She shows the reader that even models face the same insecurities that we do, even though we perceive them as flawless and beautiful. It regularizes insecurities and shows girls that we all want to say “idontwannabeyouanymore” to ourselves in the mirror sometimes. This song almost validated my own feelings and gave me a sense of relief that others felt the same way.
liability – tove styrke
I really liked this take on Liability, originally by Lorde. The message touches upon being ignored and cut off my friends, and I felt I could relate to it because it’s easy to feel “not pretty” or “not good enough” compared to your friends. The feeling or being a hindrance based on looks is very common in high school, and is something all girls face.
broken and beautiful – kelly clarkson
This playful song always seems to bring a smile to my face. Clarkson shamelessly admits that though we all flaws, they are apart of what make us unique and beautiful. This song reminds me that facing our hardships and having different experiences build our personalities and make us stronger. She also touches upon the importance of being understood and accepted by others, because people tend to judge us on our experiences, rather than how they shaped us as a person – which is arguably more important.
rise up – andra day
I absolutely feel in love with Day’s voice the second I heard it. In her song, she completely addresses how it is exhausting to fight adversity in our lives, no matter who we are nor where we’re from. We all face hardship. But she motivated me to keep fighting whatever comes in my way. Her repetition of “I’ll rise up in spite of the ache” inspires me to work hard, both in continuing my vitiligo treatments, and also other stressors in my life such as homework and studying. She also reminds us that “all we need is hope // And for that we have each other”.