Several years ago, my parents sat me down in a quiet room to tell me they were getting a divorce. The news haunted me, especially in the silent space. I was shocked. There were no signs that this was coming — at least not that they showed me. I couldn’t speak as the tears rolled down my face.
As I got in the car to make the long journey back to Nashville, I was still speechless. I had an eight-hour car ride ahead of me and was alone with the radio and my thoughts. Nothing was helping to ease my pain until I heard a familiar song. As the guitar strum of “Wake Me Up” took over my speakers, I couldn’t help but listen. I turned up the pop station and the words filled the car.
“So wake me up when it’s all over, / When I’m wiser and I’m older, / All this time I was finding myself, and I, / Didn’t know I was lost.”
There was something about the song’s chorus that really spoke to me. I desperately wanted to fast forward time to when I was through the hardest part of this. I wanted to be older, wiser and wanted someone to “wake me up when it’s all over.”
For the next several months, I played “Wake Me Up” daily. When my thoughts got the best of me, I played it. When I needed some positivity, I listened to the words. Avicii’s hit helped me heal.
Over time, I stopped being able to hear the song without getting upset. When I’d started to cope, it would take me back to that difficult time. All those feelings would come rushing back to me. Luckily, the song has come full circle and now I’m really able to appreciate how it helped me through a dark time.
For that, I want to thank Avicii. His song meant more to me than anyone can understand and it’s still my favorite of his songs. (I do love “Levels” but that takes me back to clubbing in Bangkok and that’s a different story altogether.)
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