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Used to be Young

Miley Cyrus’ “Used to Be Young”, from her 8th studio album Endless Summer Vacation, is a compelling anthem that transcends its catchy melody, carrying a poignant message about mental health. The song unfolds as a narrative of self-discovery, acceptance, and the inevitable changes that accompany the passage of time. It celebrates the many experiences in her past that have led her to become the person she is today. The lyrics initiate a conversation about transparency and self-honesty. 

The opening lines, “The truth is bulletproof, there’s no fooling you”, set the stage for a song that encourages introspection. This element of honesty is a crucial component of mental well-being, urging individuals to confront and embrace their authentic selves.

The chorus resonates with a universal sentiment of reminiscence:

 “I know I used to be crazy, I know I used to be fun.”

Here, the acknowledgment of past behaviour, whether perceived as positive or negative, becomes a stepping stone toward understanding one’s mental health journey. It implies a self-awareness essential for personal growth and healing.

“I know I used to be crazy, that’s ’cause I used to be young.”

This line encapsulates the crux of the song. It establishes a connection between youthful exuberance, spontaneity, and a certain level of recklessness. As individuals age, the process of maturation often involves many things. Including reassessing priorities, redefining boundaries, and coming to terms with the consequences of past actions.

The lyrics also touch on societal expectations and perceptions that influence an individual’s mental well-being. 

“You say I used to be wild, I say I used to be young.

Those wasted nights are not wasted, I remember every one…

You tell me time has done changed me

That’s fine, I’ve had a good run.” 

This reframing of past experiences, even those considered mistakes or regrets, as valuable lessons aligns with a mental health perspective emphasizing resilience, learning, and finding meaning in adversity.

Cyrus’ song serves as a musical exploration of the complexities of mental health and the evolving nature of the human experience. It prompts listeners to reflect on their personal journey, acknowledge the inevitability of change, and embrace the wisdom that accompanies ageing. Through its candid lyrics and soulful melody, the song stands as a comforting reminder that, despite life’s challenges, each phase contributes to creating an identity you are happy with.

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