Photo: Taelar Pollmann · The Sentry

Photo: Taelar Pollmann · The Sentry
~summer vibes~

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of songs that give me those ~summer vibes~ to help ease how stir crazy I’ve been feeling, maybe it’s making it worse I don’t know. Since moving back to Wyoming and my high school bedroom for quarantine (I’m not a fan), I think I’ve fully reverted back to my high school self in every way possible. My mental health and eating habits have gone to the can, but I guess one thing has also changed since high school and it’s that my motivation for any sense of responsibility, classes included, has also gone to the can.

I think the summery songs that I keep listening to are my sense of hope that this will all be over soon and that my old high school self will once again, also, go to the can. They’re also an old habit from my high school self (my God, I feel like that scene in Divergent after everyone chooses their new factions and they keep talking about their old faction).

My summer tradition from high school (and now) always consists of my family taking long drives up the switchbacks of the mountains 10 minutes from my house. Our final destination is usually a campground on the banks of Worthen Meadows where we have a picnic, go fishing, whatever outdoorsy thing you can think of. When I was little the tradition was going camping somewhere in the middle of nowhere for a few days. No matter how the summer tradition changed, there was pretty much always one thing in common.

We always have the windows down on the trip up and my headphones are almost always in, and guess what, it’s a 99% chance that I’m listening to some summery song straight out of a teenage coming of age movie. High school was an absolute garbage time in my life and I think the only times I ever truly felt happy in my hometown were on these drives with my headphones in and I think now that I’ve been forced back into that mindset, these summery songs have given me a way to get out of that mindset for just for a few minutes.

Editor’s Pick: “Let the Sun in” by Wallows

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