Last weekend I got a chance to visit with some friends and family. My teenage cousin, inspired me to select “Adolescence” by Incubus for this week’s Monday selection.
As we all know, adolescence can be rough. Boys and girls are struggling to figure out who they are. Trying to “fit in”. And at the same time, attempting to complete school and make decisions on their future.
The song “Adolescence”, was just recently released as the first single of Incubus’ seventh album, “if Not Now, When”. According to the website, Song Facts, Brandon Boyd is singing about how adolescents often feel overwhelmed and “out of bounds”.
I thought this song selection was also fitting, given the discussion I was noticing over Twitter regarding this article in the Wall Street journal. I’m sure you’ve all read and heard tons about it, but here, here, and here are some interesting views regarding the WSJ article.
Similar to many teenagers, my cousin has had a roller coaster ride of a young adult life. They’ve struggled with wanting to “fit in”. They’ve tried to meet the needs of their family. They’ve attempted to find themselves. To discover an identity which both satisfied the needs of their family and friends, but one that they could also feel good wearing each and every day themselves. This struggle has brought both heartache and enlightenment to my cousin’s life, but not every adolescent finds their way as easily.
That’s why I think Incubus’ new song is so fitting. Everyone needs to know that they are not alone on their journey through life.