With their partnership with UNICEF, worldwide L-pop phenomenon BTS gave a speech on behalf of today's youth at the Youth 2030 launch in New York City along with the heads of state at the United Nations. Their leader Namjoon, also known as RM, delivered the speech. He started it by thanking their fandom ARMY for their action and enthusiasm on becoming a huge part of their campaign "Love Myself".
But instead of focusing their speech on self-love, they also talked about speaking for ourselves more and discussing the importance of giving young people a voice instead of molding them with expectations. The speech proved that BTS is not just a viral sensation that we would forget after a year or two, they're the kind of group that doesn't just influences pop culture, but also push for youth advocacies in the best way possible. Here four important lessons our generation can learn from RM's speech.
1. You shouldn't worry about what other people think of you.
In our everyday lives, we can't help but look at ourselves in the mirror the way other people look at us. That's why instead of gaining confidence through self-love, the validation of other people has become our go-to medicine for our insecurities. During his speech, Namjoon started looking back and mentioned the struggles he faced when he started seeing himself through other people's eyes saying,"I stopped looking up at the stars at night. I stopped daydreaming. I tried to jam myself into moulds that other people made. Soon, I began to shut out my own voice and started to listen to the voices of others". But it was when he heard a small voice in his head that he realized that he should listen to himself because his story matters, and even yours, too. What they say about you doesn't define you.
2. Everyone's meant to stumble and fall.
We're all meant to make mistakes in our lives that would shape us to become the best version of ourselves. Namjoon shares, "Even after making the decision to join BTS, there were hurdles. Most people thought we were hopeless. Sometimes, I just wanted to quit. I think I was very lucky that I didn’t give it all up. I’m sure that I, and we, will keep stumbling and falling. We have become artists performing in huge stadiums and selling millions of albums." Failing at something doesn't mean you'll continuously fail at everything you do—it just means that you're learning and growing. You can't live in this world without hardships because it's through these moments you're going to know yourself better.
3. You are who you are today because of everything that has happened to you.
Most of us usually start on building hate toward ourselves when we encounter or see flaws beneath us that push us to build a wall in front of everyone. But he mentions, "Maybe I made a mistake yesterday, but yesterday’s me is still me. I am who I am today, with all my faults. Tomorrow I might be a tiny bit wiser, and that’s me, too. These faults and mistakes are what I am, making up the brightest stars in the constellation of my life. I have come to love myself for who I was, who I am, and who I hope to become." Just looking at how successful the group is right now, Namjoon inspires us to keep trying harder and not give up when we face obstacles because everything that's happening in our lives right now would mean something in the near future.
4. Speak yourself.
Maybe we have learned to love ourselves already, but sometimes, it feels like it still isn't enough. Well, this is the right time to realize that by loving yourself, you should also learn to speak yourself. No matter who you are or where you're from, your voice matters. He ended his speech by saying, "I’m Kim Nam Joon, RM of BTS. I’m a hip-hop idol and an artist from a small town in Korea. Like most people, I made many mistakes in my life. I have many faults and I have many fears, but I am going to embrace myself as hard as I can, and I’m starting to love myself, little by little. What is your name? Speak yourself!"
Let's take one more step in discovering ourselves as BTS urges us in their historic speech to find our name and our voice by speaking about ourselves. You deserve to be known by the world, and the world deserves to know you. So what are you waiting for? Speak now!
And to continue this message of positivity, Spotify has curated a special playlist for us to remind everyone the message of loving ourselves.
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