A Playlist for Seasons of Growth and Adversity

Hey guys!  Today I thought I would make a playlist to help you through seasons of growth and adversity.

The songs I selected aren’t exclusively about changing.  Some are about overcoming fear, getting past anxiety, letting go of things that aren’t right for you, having hope that things will get better, and making the choice to take charge of your life.  Most of them are pop songs because I wanted to choose something with a good beat to dance around your room to.  Some of them are punk rock, and some of them are indie-folk.  I tried to mix it up so everyone could find a song they like.

I’ve been going through a lot lately, so these songs have given me hope and something to relate to.  I’ve been dealing with the death of a friend, and I’ve been having a heck of a time trying to figure out if the grad school I applied to is going to accept me.  On top of that, I’ve been struggling with feeling uncertain of what I’m supposed to be doing with my life while I’m waiting to find out if I’ll be going to school again in the fall.  And there has been lots of other uncertainty and anxiety.

I’ve been doing a lot of job searching, a lot of soul searching, and a lot of praying. Ultimately, I’m trying to figure out what God’s purpose for me is, and what I need to be doing in the mean time.  I’ve been trying to listen to Him, but right now the only thing that keeps showing up when I read my Bible is about waiting and different seasons of life.  I guess that means my answer is to keep waiting, but waiting is no easy task for me – which is probably why God wants me to build my waiting muscles.

It’s really strange actually.  Everything I’ve seen lately, whether it be on Pinterest, in the Bible, devotionals, or songs, has all been about seasons.  Seasons of adversity, seasons of joy, seasons of waiting, friends and people who are only in your life for a season.  Changing and letting go of things that don’t belong in your life anymore has been another topic that I keep stumbling upon.

Since I love to plan everything out, having no clue what comes next is especially daunting.  I have so many questions that I don’t know how to answer since nothing seems concrete right now.  It’s really hard to wait and not try to take things into your own hands when it seem like your whole world is changing.  I like having some sort of structure and at least a little bit of an idea of what to expect in the near future; so I’ve been using music as a way to cope with not knowing what the future holds.

Jack Johnson and Xavier Rudd definitely have go-with-the-flow vibes that help melt away anxiety and the need for rigid plans.  Kesha and Miley Cyrus have both recently made come backs and have both grown and changed a lot as people and artists since their last albums.  Even though I wasn’t a big fan of their last albums or their party-hard attitudes, the way they’ve embraced change is very refreshing and admirable.  There are plenty more artists and songs that have been helping me get through this transitional season in my life, but I only selected fifteen songs to share for now.

Hopefully, if any of you find yourself going through hard or confusing times, and you’re not sure where life is taking you, you will find comfort and inspiration in these songs.  Stay positive, keep praying, and don’t give up!  Also, never be afraid to seek the help of a professional counselor or psychologist.  Your happiness, mental health, and life are worth it!

Please feel free to comment and let me know if you would like to see more playlists in the future, or if you know other songs that are comforting during seasons of change, waiting, or adversity!

  1. “Follow the Sun” – Xavier Rudd
  2. “Malibu” – Miley Cyrus
  3. “Don’t Matter Now” – George Ezra
  4. “Let it Happen” – United Pursuit (ft. Andrea Marie)
  5. “Everything is Alright” – Motion City Soundtrack
  6. “Belong” – Hilary Duff
  7. “Call it Dreaming” – Iron & Wine
  8. “Learn to Let Go” – Kesha
  9. “Living in the Moment” – Jason Mraz
  10. “Get Back Up Again” – Anna Kendrick
  11. “Hidden” – United Pursuit (ft. Will Reagan)
  12. “Up We Go” – Lights
  13. “Praying” – Kesha
  14. “Yes, I’m Changing” – Tame Impala
  15. “Walk” – Foo Fighters

2 thoughts on “A Playlist for Seasons of Growth and Adversity”

  1. Have you tried fasting. Prayer with fasting does wonders for the soul. It sounds like you have a lot of things coming at you at one time. When that happens to me I find a place to go where it can just be me and Jesus. I’ve done it while fasting, I’ve done it while hitting crazy intense bike trails in the mountains and I’ll tell you that there’s nothing like a little prayer paired with self denial and discipline. It’s something we all have to practice from time to time. Sometimes Jesus has to slip us away and have a little one on one intimate time with us and sometimes it takes us to get so wound up before we actually break away and do it, you know.

    • I actually never thought about fasting. Thank you for suggesting it and for sharing your experience with fasting. It sounds like a great way to connect with Jesus on a deeper level. I will try it out. Do you fast from food completely, or do you just give up certain things during that time (kind of like Lent)?


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