Growing Pains Playlist

I’ve always had the expectation that I’ll go through a mid-life crisis. I’d take up photography, learn how to play guitar, and go on a whole Eat, Pray, Love adventure. While contemplating 50-year-old me’s future hobbies, an unexpected “mid-quarter life crisis” hit me head on. I’ve approached this new state through what I call:

The 5 Stages of Change

Stage #1: Denial

“I’m not having a mid-quarter life crisis”

Stage #2: Sadness

“I’m having a mid-quarter life crisis and I’m sad”

Stage #3: Making a sad playlist

Alexa play ‘Class of 2013’ by Mitski”

Stage #4: Adding to that playlist but only with songs that rebel against the life change

“Alexa play ‘West Coast’ by FIDLAR”

Stage #5: Completing the playlist by adding songs that encapsulate your overall feelings about said life change

“Alexa play ‘Adulting’ by Beach Bunny”

Below is that playlist. I’ve categorized the songs into Stages #3,4,5 so that if you’re experiencing something similar, you can find exactly what you need.

Stage #3 – Sad

  • “Class of 2013”, Mitski
  • “In My Room – Remastered”, The Beach Boys
  • “Nausea”, Jeff Rosenstock

Stage #4 – Rebellious

  • “West Coast”, FIDLAR
  • “Baba O’Riley”, The Who
  • “Clampdown”, The Clash
  • “Losing My Edge”, LCD Soundsystem

Stage #5 – Overall Feelings

  • “Adulting”, Beach Bunny
  • “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville”, R.E.M.
  • “Bitter Sweet Symphony”, The Verve
  • “Time to Pretend”, MGMT
  • “The Suburbs”, Arcade Fire
  • “Coming of Age”, Foster The People
  • “We Begged 2 Explode”, Jeff Rosenstock


About Madeline Vogt

Maddie is currently still transitioning out of her middle school emo phase. You can find her listening to indie rock, taking naps at Espresso Royale, or raving about her home state, Minnesota (RIP Prince). If Maddie won the lottery, she'd probably spend it all on Kanye’s clothing line in an attempt to appear more hip.

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