I get really thoughtful when I go on long drives.
Sometimes I reflect on things I have to do to make my life all that it can be. Sometimes I think about my dreams and plans. Sometimes I think about my past.
And I almost always listen to music.
Tonight I happened to turn on an anthology of Taylor Swift’s complete works from across the 13 years of her mainstream career. This music has been around in some way (in the background or in my playlists) for the years I went to middle school, then to high school, then on to Atlanta and into the working world. And there was something about listening to a lot of these songs together that took me on a trip through time.
Music from the past always brings memories and connotations and feelings back from the past into the present. Swift happened to be the music that sent me into a review of my own past decade tonight. As her music evolved over the years, so did I. And it was strange to be reminded of all those evolutions together in the same playlist.
If you’re going on a long drive for the holidays in the coming weeks, I recommend finding an artist you like and turning on the anthology. Listen to the songs and albums (in or out of order) that have been part of the backdrops of different times in your life. You might get some interesting reflections out of it.