We made a mini-playlist for you to listen to when you're feeling lost in the world or under the weather, and we're also here to remind you that you're going to get through it.
1. "That's Okay" (EXO's D.O., SM Station)
"The loneliness that's stayed hidden inside
Let it linger for a little
Just look at it
If the soft breeze blows
Open your heart, the day will pass"
D.O.'s solo track is very special to EXO-Ls as it was released around the time that he enlisted. The song will soften your heart with the message it conveys that it's okay to be who you are and it's okay to not feel okay.
2. "Breathe" (Lee Hi)
"Someone's breath. That heavy breath
How can I see through that?
Though I can't understand your breath
It's alright I'll hold you"
Released in 2016, this poignant track is an embodiment of a warm embrace if ever you're feeling like you have no one to cling on. Whatever you're experiencing right now, remember that there will always be someone who's willing to lend his or her shoulder. You matter.
3. "I" (Taeyeon)
"But strong girl, you know you were born to fly
Tears you've cried, all of the pain you've felt
It's to prepare you for the day you'll fly even higher
Everybody's gonna see it soon"
This uplifting song, partnered with Taeyeon's powerful vocals, will comfort you on the days that you feel like your hard work is not paying off. Take a deep breath. You're almost there.
4. "Hand" (EXO's Chanyeol, ElyXiOn solo performance)
"When I'm worn out, I hold tightly on to eight hands"
Chanyeol's solo rap performance during EXO Planet 4, the evocative "Hand," is a song that he wrote for his eight brothers - Xiumin, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, D.O., Kai, and Sehun. Here, he narrates he holds on to his members when he's on the verge of giving up.
5. "Good Night" (EXO's Chen, 'Dear, my dear')
"Lay down those thoughts that weigh down your mind,
next to your pillow
And do not worry Just like this today"
One of the six tracks of Chen's second album, "Good Night" is like a lullaby for when you find it hard to fall into slumber, especially if you have so much on your plate. Just like what Chen says, and with the atmospheric choir in the background, tomorrow will be okay and your woes will fade away. For now, sleep well.