OP: Classy, sassy and a little badassy: Miley Cyrus lives unapologetically

10 September 2019

Joy Webb

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Although we already idolize celebrities a bit too much in today’s world, I think we could all learn a little something from Miley Cyrus: do not apologize for being human.

With the constant presence of social media in our lives, it seems like we are consistently broadcasting our lives for others to see, and often, to judge.

One thing I have learned from Miley Cyrus, is that it is okay to f*** up. We do not need to consistently act ‘perfect’ or pretend that we never make mistakes. Because news flash everyone, no one is perfect; we all make mistakes and it is hypocritical to act as if we have never messed up.

I love Miley because she is so raw and honest. It makes me feel like I can do the same.

With her recent divorce from Liam, Cyrus released a statement on Instagram. The typed statement ends with, “I am proud to say, I am simply in a different place from where I was when I was younger,” and I think this is powerful. If we are all living life right, we will continue to grow, and with growth comes change.

There is no guarantee that we will be the same people we are right now, and it is silly to assume such. 10 years from now, we will look back on our college selves and remember who we were, but we won’t be able to connect with them like we could before.

There will be plenty of mistakes and failures that we will experience throughout our young lives, especially since we are just learning. We need to not dwell on these mistakes, but accept them, like Miley. Many people hate on Miley for being ‘vulgar’ or ‘too transparent’ but I think the world would be a lot better place if we all behaved this way. Miley owns up to her mistakes, acknowledges them openly and moves on.

Too often, especially as women, we say ‘I’m sorry.’ There should not be any more apologies for being a human being and making mistakes. Since many college students are in their 20’s, we can keep this in mind as we mess up (a lot) and move forward as new and improved versions of ourselves.

I am grateful that younger generations, little girls and my generation get to have a role model like Miley Cyrus, who might not fit with what society deems ‘socially acceptable’ at times but is completely real none the less. So, quit apologize for failing and growing, because there is no other way to improve than to learn.

As Cyrus says, “BUT at this point I had to make a healthy decision for myself to leave a previous life behind.”