What Does It Mean: Min Yoongi’s Words of Comfort
In his recent livestream, Min Yoongi (Suga) shared some words of advice on BTS’s VLive channel. I’ll be quoting what he’s shared (shoutout to ARMY’s who were quick to translate vital parts of his livestream!), as well as adding my own take on how his words had personally brought comfort to me:
“If you end up getting the results that you don’t want, you might think that your entire world is falling apart. But it’s not. Life isn’t all about studies.”
Especially when you’re in your 20’s, education forms a big part of our lives. Our world revolves around it: our ranking, if we are able to obtain that scholarship we really want, if we scored well in exams. Yoongi reminds us that there is so much more to life than studies alone. It seems easy to say it, much more difficult to believe — but it still rings true.
Yes, it’s heavy. Yes, it hurts. Yes, it’s painful, directionless, and confusing. You might think your world is falling apart. But there is so much more to you than your studies, your job, your status, your stage in life. What matters is giving your all, doing the best that you can — and making peace with it. Make peace with yourself. Stop nitpicking on everything that you are doing, everything that you could have done. Accept the task ahead, give it your all, and move forward.
“Cheer up. Everything will be great. This I promise you. You will all be great.”
It’s assuring to hear that. Sometimes through our own storms, we really need to hear someone affirming to us that we will be okay. “Okay” not necessarily meaning you won’t feel down at all, it doesn’t mean things are problem-free. But “okay” in the sense that you are still trying, you are still breathing — you are still here.
Hey. You will be great.
Eventually, someday, certainly. There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.
“Even if you trip and fall, what’s most important is to get up again.”
You don’t have to immediately get back up in a fighting pose, ready to strike. In fact, it’s okay to lay low for a little while. Process what you are feeling. Rest. But after that, get up. Get out of the house. Tell the people in your life how you feel. Get support if needed. Have a new routine to motivate you. Get up. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
“There will always be a stagnant phase. Everyone experiences this. What do you have to do? Just keep going. Don’t think so much about it. Just keep doing what you’ve always done. Some people say there’s a special way to overcome a slump, but that’s not true. Just keep going, and you will improve.”
We all have our fair share of ups and downs, whether we like them or not. We will experience the highs, we will experience the lows. On some days we are ready to run towards conquering our fears, on some days we crumble and fall apart. But each of those times you thought that you may not survive it, you did. You did, and you kept going. And sometimes, survival is all you need.
In his recent collaboration with Halsey, Yoongi raps in his first verse of ‘SUGA’s Interlude’, saying: “The dawn before the sunrise is darker than anything, But never forget the stars you hope for only appears in the dark.” This lyric is reminiscent of BTS’s song ‘Tomorrow’ where Yoongi too raps about not giving up, for “the dawn right before the sun rises is the darkest.”
He goes on to rap in his second verse: “Sometimes I don’t know if I’m really walking, If I ceaselessly run towards the end of the tunnel — What else would there be?.” He questions himself about walking forward without a destination, and doubts if he’s on the right path: “It’s honestly different to the future I had hoped for.”
Things may turn out different, but what do we do?
Yoongi reminds us that it’s okay, because the way that we live and the way we love is ever-changing. We will evolve, we will grow, we will not be stuck in a rut forever. He sings smoothly, asking the listener, “So are you gonna move? We are too young to be hesitating, just run head-on into it.” This lyric is also reminiscent of Yoongi’s autobiographical solo song ‘Nevermind’, in which he says that if we feel like we’re going to crash, we should accelerate more — face it head on with an even deeper passion and hunger.
The choice is ours.
So, what are we going to do about it?
What Does It Mean will be a series where I choose a random topic, share my views about the matter, and where I also hope to be able to get your insight and interact more with all of you who may be reading my work!