Graduation can be both exhilarating and frightening—suddenly, for this week's graduates, the future is a big empty space, just waiting to be filled in. Happily, as ever, there's at least some solace to be found in music, and there've been plenty of great songs written over the years about life and how to live it. So here's a playlist of some of our favorite tracks with something to say on what life's all about, and how you go about negotiating your way through it.
Let us know if there are any lessons you'd like to share, too.
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