Remember in Perks of Being a Wallflower when Charlie, Sam, and Patrick are driving in a broken down truck through a tunnel at night? It was equally satisfying to read as well as watch. Sam hears that unknown song that she’d been searching for. “That’s the song!” Sam climbs out of the window, stances herself carefully and puts her arms out, head back and in that moment she’s in another world. It’s a beautifully mesmerizing moment that makes you feel as if you are invincible.
I was driving through a tunnel late last night after my class was dismissed. I usually don’t like to listen to the radio because I like to create my own playlists for different occasions. Playlists are so personal, it’s as if it is a diary but in the form of a song. My favorite playlist I like to dig out is the one I entitled “Night Time Driving.” They are songs I like to listen to when I’m driving alone at night. The windows were rolled down, the hot air was blowing in my face and my destination was in my sights. One of my favorite songs came on that made me feel what Sam felt in the tunnel. I found my Tunnel Song. Roman Holiday sang by Halsey. It was the perfect melody. The most beautiful blend of music that washed your problems away. I put my arm out and let the wind carry it. I smiled. The city lights passed by in a flash. I felt like I was leaving this world and entering another. I was at peace.