The narratives that we believe determine our direction in life. This is something I have observed in my own life because, for many years, I believed that I was worthless. This narrative existed as a silent voice. It meddled with my daily decisions and dictated what I deemed as realistic. I never carried big dreams because I did not want to set myself up for disappointment.
As a 22-year-old, I am now told that life only gets harder—struggles with finances, dealing with difficult people, and experiences of life-altering tragedies. And I believe it. I have already experienced some of it.
However, I do not believe that I need to keep my head hanging down in defeat. I know that the sun will rise tomorrow, that today is a new day, and that I can count on the power of heart-moving melodies, even if I endlessly fall.
These 12 songs are from musicals that tell stories of hope, longing, and of new opportunities. Take a listen for some toe-tapping, head-bopping beats, and to waltz with lyrics worth remembering. Musicals are categorized as a kid-friendly form of entertainment, varnished with costume and dance, but I love that they remind us that there is more to life than we know—that there are millions of colors our eyes have yet to perceive.
No—life is not all rainbows and sunshine. But you still have permission to dream big.
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Elisa graduated with a double major in Psychology and Professional Writing and Communication in 2021. She previously worked as Editor-in-Chief of Compass Volume 8. If you ask Elisa what she's passionate about, she'd reply, "I don't know. Everything, yet nothing, I guess." If you ask Elisa what she wants to be when she grows up, she'd reply, "I don't know. We'll see." Well, at least Elisa is confident about her love for The Medium. Her thirst to understand why things are the way they are means you'll probably find her immersed in books, film, and other modes of culture in her free time. Connect with Elisa on her website, Twitter, or LinkedIn.