“People Like Us” by Kelly Clarkson

Listen here.

Belt it, girl.
Belt it, girl.

I like this video.  A little girl who lives in color while everyone else is black and white.  I can relate to that sometimes.


What I like about this song is that it calls out all of the things that make a person “weird” or “different” and makes it okay.  Because all of us who are weird and different can stick together.

People like us, we’ve got to stick together

Keep your head up, nothing lasts forever

Here’s to the damned, to the lost and forgotten

It’s hard to get high when you’re living on the bottom

We are all misfits living in a world on fire

It just makes me think of all of the struggle I’ve felt since I decided to leave graduate school a little over two years ago.  I felt like I didn’t belong anywhere, because I didn’t complete what I set out to complete.  I felt like I was in this forgotten portion of students – I couldn’t get a good job, because what can you do with a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry?  Nothing – you need a higher degree to get anything that isn’t a lab tech position.  But I didn’t have an English major, just a minor, so I wasn’t qualified to go that route either.  I’ve felt like I was running in place for two years, like nothing is happening to move my life in a forward direction.[i]

But Kelly reminds us that nothing lasts forever.  And that’s what I have to keep telling myself when I start to feel anxious that I’m 25 and still haven’t done anything with my life.

Hey, this is not a funeral

It’s a revolution, after all your tears have turned to rage

Just wait, everything will be okay

Even when you’re feeling like it’s going down in flames

She really does get it.  Yes, I’m at this age where nothing really makes sense, where I’m expected to live on my own but barely have the money to do so.  You just have to get mad enough to fight through it.  It doesn’t matter if you know what you want or not.  It’s about doing something to help yourself.

Because we’re all in this together, after all.

You had to see this coming.
You had to see this coming.



[i] I think this is the actual cause of my quarter life crisis, and the marriage thing is just a subset of that.  Marriage would be moving forward.  Anything would be moving forward.  But I can’t do anything career-wise until I finish my Master’s degree.  So… crisis.  Because I feel stuck.


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