BY CHLOE MOLONEY
Everything, unfortunately, comes to an end. A nasty thought, mind, but it’s something that in recent weeks has come as a fresh and welcome realization. Whether it’s the end of a friendship, coming to the final pages of your favorite book or changing your career, closure is vital with regards to moving onward and upwards.
Personally, one of the most seminal endings in sight is leaving university. This time next year, I’ll be months out of full-time education and into the wider world. Filled with excitement, I can’t help but shake the feeling that three years in a completely different city will have left me a little dejected upon moving back home. Nonetheless, there are a couple of things I have under my belt to push me through. Perhaps they will aid you in navigating your own endings too, bringing you a little closure in undoubtedly chaotic times.
Not only can music help us to reminisce on the good (and bad) aspects of an imminent ending, but it also has the power to nurture and heal us through the process. Many songs and their lyrics are so beautifully crafted and sculpted from universal human experience. Looking in the right places can truly help you to steer an ending in the right direction. One song in particular which has aided me is James Taylor’s ‘Carolina In My Mind’, where he sings of longing for his hometown.
I’m not insinuating that you should immerse yourself in the pain of an ending, which would undeniably lead to detrimental effects. Whilst you should certainly acknowledge that you are hurting, as clichéd as it may sound, distractions truly help to make for inner peace. If there’s a book you’ve always wanted to write, a city you’ve always wanted to visit or a project you’re already working on, now is the prime time to fully throw yourself in at the deep end. Whilst it will surely distract you from worry and confusion, you’ll also feel heaps better by making vital progress on your passion project.
Chloë Moloney is a student and writer from Surrey, United Kingdom. She is a staff writer and curator at Luna Luna Magazine, and a reviewer for MookyChick. Chloë has had short stories published with Moonchild Magazine, Occulum, Sick Lit Magazine and more. She is also a culture writer and biographer at the award-winning news platform Shout Out UK, and has also written for Epigram, B24/7 and the London Horror Society. She also acted as a reviewer for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in 2017. You can find Chloë at @ChloeMoloney98.