Adrift out of college, I was doing more sinking than swimming. Once I graduated in December 2015, I had a job lined up with a sales company, but I quickly found myself hating it. I bounced around from there to life insurance, which I quit before my first day in the field, to a couple of short-lived temp jobs. As anyone who’s ever been unemployed can testify, it’s easy to feel terribly inadequate when all your education isn’t helping to pay the bills. Thankfully, I was able to get a job as a barista that led to my current position as a manager, but I’ll never forget how it felt to be in limbo like that. I wasn’t just looking for a source of money. I was out to find a place for myself in the world.
My first Spotify playlist for spring is built on those memories of looking for stability and a professional identity. Many of the tracks are about traveling. Others deal more with questions of identity. A few of them just fit the mood I was in when I was putting the track listing together. As with my first playlist, I’m striving to capture a feeling more than heavy themes. All the same, if you ever find yourself adrift in life, yet willing to keep on floating, you might appreciate the ideas these artists unpack.
Here’s the link you’ll need to find the playlist – you can see others I’ve made on my profile, including all 649 tracks of Richard’s Rock Radio. All of them are free for your listening pleasure, and Spotify premium users can enjoy them without ads.