Min Yoongi. A true icon. The artist and BTS member – known by his stage name SUGA or alternative AGUST D – is a multi-talented king who has spent his life constantly working hard to get to where he is today. He is an inspiration to ARMY and others around the world and we’re sharing with you seven lessons that Min Yoongi has taught us all.
1. You shouldn’t worry about things out of your control
During YouTube’s Dear Class of 2020 amidst the pandemic, BTS gave messages to the graduating class of the year. Yoongi went on to remind the graduates – and the rest of the world watching – that we should take our hands off what we can’t control and get them on what we can change. While there wasn’t much we could really do to stop the pandemic single-handedly, there were things we could do to adjust to life and continue to live it the best we can. This advice is something that can be applied pretty much throughout all of our life and something we should be reminding ourselves of when things get tough.
2. That it’s okay not to have a dream
We are always told to chase our dreams, to dream big, to keep our dreams in mind. But what if we don’t have one? Or the dream isn’t as big and lavish as society expects it to be? Well, Yoongi thinks that’s just fine. The world can be overwhelming and sometimes it’s hard to know what you want. Rather than being pressured into finding something you don’t even know what you’re looking for, making sure you’re happy in life is what’s more important.
3. It’s important to face your inner-shadows
During the promotions for Map of the Soul: 7 which features SUGA’s song ‘Interlude: Shadow,’ Yoongi spoke about the importance of facing our inner-shadows because they are part of who we are. “You must face your inner-shadows, but resist becoming submerged into its depths. You must face it and move on forward,” he said.
4. That it’s important that we get back up when we fall down
Sometimes in life, we get dragged down. We face failure, things don’t go to plan, or something unexpected throws us off the track. But that’s okay. Yoongi shares that the important thing is that we get back up. Because life happens, it’s not a linear progression of success, and setbacks, fall-downs, and unexpected turns are inevitably going to happen. But it is important to get up and try again.
5. Studies and academics are not what define you or are the only thing that matter
With the pressure of studying and getting good results continually being pushed on young people, Yoongi shares what he has learned past his time as a student. Sure, working hard and doing your best is important, but it isn’t the most important, nor will it make or break your life. There are other ways you can be successful and/or happy in life without the top scores in your studies. There are plenty of people who struggled academically but have managed to get places in life. Studies and qualifications may be beneficial and useful, but they aren’t the only way (and this THP member can confirm)!
6. You aren’t “weak” if you’re not doing okay
Mental health has been a taboo subject for a long time, but we are progressively trying to normalize the discussion and let people know it’s okay not to be okay. In an interview with Esquire, Yoongi – who has openly admitted to his struggles with anxiety and depression – spoke out about it, saying: “Some days you’re in a good state; sometimes you’re not. Many pretend to be okay, saying that they’re not weak,’ as if that would make you a weak person. I don’t think that’s right. People won’t say you’re a weak person if your physical condition is not that good. It should be the same for the mental condition as well. Society should be more understanding.” This is a reminder so many of us really needed for both ourselves and the perception we have of others.
7. That we shouldn’t fret over perfection
Society has always put pressure on us to try and be perfect, with the high beauty standards in the media, and social media making it even more demanding. One of the most well-known quotes from Yoongi is a simple but important reality check: “Don’t compare yourself to others. You were born to be real, not perfect.” He really always has the right words to say, doesn’t he?
How did we become so lucky to live in the same lifetime as Mr. Min Yoongi?
Which is your favorite lesson Yoongi has taught you? Can you list some we haven’t shared? Let us know down in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP!
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