Smiti Iyer, New Delhi
There are times when we feel unsatisfied with the work we are doing and hence, we lack motivation which then leads to loosing our self–confidence, self esteem. Therefore, we reach at a point in life where we tend to give up, and then a feeling of disappoint with self seeps in and lack of self love emerges. In such situations, we often seek some motivation. If you have ever felt this way, then Love Myself by BTS is the answer! The song Love Myself is the sixteenth track among the total of twenty six tracks in the album Love Yourself: Answer which is the last part of the Love Yourself series, released on August 24th 2018. This song is sung by all seven members of the group namely; RM, Jin, SUGA, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook.
The song starts with the calming and soft music of guitar followed by the melodious voices of Jimin and Jungkook which can calm one’s soul. It begins with the line
“눈을 뜬다 어둠 속 나
심장이 뛰는 소리 낯설 때
마주 본다 거울 속 나
겁먹은 눈빛 해묵은 질문”
which signifies that one starts realizing their own true self in an unfamiliar situation after opening their eyes in the darkness and by looking at themselves in the mirror. The chorus of the song “You showed me I have reasons I should love myself” shows how one realizes the importance of oneself and hence, gains satisfaction for themselves. Therefore, this song takes us from a phase of dilemma and uncertainty to a phase of realization and self satisfaction.
After hearing the song, there are some lines which were captivating, motivating and eye opening to us. One of the lines which was sung by Jimin that is “내 실수로 생긴 흉터까지다내별자린데” which meant “Even our scars can make up constellations in our lives.” It makes us realize that it is alright to make mistakes, as we learn from them and hence, grow and become successful in our lives.
Another line which was sung by V that is “어제의나오늘의나내일의나, 빠짐없이남김없이모두다나” which meant “Yesterday was me, today is me, tomorrow will be me. Without any expectations, this is me.” It makes us understand that it is important to cherish ourselves each and everyday.
As a person who loves music and who is subjected to self–doubt, low self–confidence and self–esteem, I found solace in this song when I had started being a fan of this group. This song has helped me in uplifting myself for the things we like to do or we want to achieve. It taught us to not to be ashamed of the things we are willing to do in our lives. This song builds a belief in ourselves that it is possible for us to do certain things in life.
For me, it is also a source of relaxation for one, when they are having a tough time or getting pressurized by external forces. I would really recommend all the listeners out there to hear this song. What is your favorite part in this song? Share with us your listening experiences in the comment section below!