Last month I wrote about how a song from my youth inspired me at the end of a taxing day. I stated a firm belief that music can invigorate and drive us to work to help others and make positive changes in the world around us if we let it. It’s hard to put a finger on what it is about music that allows us to feel this way, and I’m very curious about how different music affects different people differently.
Throughout the years I’ve compiled playlists for myself that I can easily access when I’m in need of a “save the world pick-me-up.” These are songs I know I can count on to get me “in tune” with empathy and pondering worldly problems so I can draw upon the emotions I feel to reinforce my dedication. Or, they are songs that energize me and make me feel determined to tackle tough work or issues that may be hurdles to my goals.
Here are 10 songs that (re)invigorate me as an aspiring-changemaker (in no particular order). Yes, some of these are totally cheesy and cliche, but that’s okay with me. I’m not ashamed! I hope these songs will inspire you, too:
What songs are on your list?