I wanted to thank Ariana Grande for a few things: The first being for creating the most catchy, most beautifully written song to end this year, but more importantly, for teaching me to see the beauty in all that goes wrong in our lives.
What comes to mind when you first think of the song "Thank U, Next"?
I'm so f***ing grateful for my ex
Probably that line right?
Don't get me wrong, that comes to my mind too, but if you dig deeper into the lyrics, there are so many more messages you can get from this song.
When I think of Ariana Grande, I think of how much she has endured in her life, but how she has managed to still be a positive light in this world and to her fans. Most people can't even begin to comprehend how it must feel to lose a loved one, let alone an ex-boyfriend who you felt so much emotion for. Aside from that, she also lived through a terrorist attack at her own concert in Manchester, England. Imagine feeling like you are responsible for the deaths of some of your fans, many of whom were children.
It's safe to say that Ariana Grande has experienced a lot of grief in her life, but this song sheds light on the fact that there are so many things that are out of our control. In saying that though, she reminds us that we must be grateful for rough waters because they make us stronger in the end.
I can't even begin to express how difficult this year has been for me personally, but I will say that when this song was released, it helped me a lot, and allowed me to reevaluate my struggles to turn them into something positive. I think that "Thank U, Next" has a very 'glass half full' approach to life, because often times when we go through breakups or losses, we want to give up and throw pity parties for ourselves rather than think about how those things served as lessons for us.
My favorite lines in the song are:
She taught me love. She taught me patience. How she handles pain, that shit's amazing. I've loved and I've lost, But that's not what I see. Cause look what I've found, ain't no need for searching, and for that, I say Thank U, Next.
Ariana points out the fact that although she has been through hell and back in many instances, she's learned to love, she's learned to be patient, and she's learned how to handle and conquer her pain in ways that she didn't before, and for that she is thankful. We should all take this from her song: It's not about how many times you are knocked down, it's about how many times you stand back up and keep going.
So, thank you, Ariana Grande, for teaching me that we have to be grateful for not only our exes but our hardships as well.