Kpop girl group (G)I-DLE recently released their new album ‘I feel’ with songs, Allergy and Queencard. Both songs explore similar themes about how we feel about ourselves. Which song appeals to you more and which will you choose as your personal mantra?
“Why ain’t I pretty? Why ain’t I lovely? Why ain’t I sexy? Why am I me?”
Allergy sings about the struggles of keeping up with fleeting trends and the desire to be well-liked on social media. The music video starts with Soyeon sitting in front of a mirror and counting her insecurities, while the other members sign up to undergo cosmetic surgery to live up to society’s standards of beauty.
As the song progresses, the girls realize that following the latest trends does not always bring happiness.
“She got everything, why am I not her?”
(G)I-DLE could not be more clear on their message. Envy blocks out every good thing about ourselves and leaves behind only what we lack. Instead of comparing ourselves with others, we should focus on who are and what we have.
The idols share specific bits of wisdom during a Grammys interview that they want to impart on their followers:
Soyeon: “The biggest lesson I learned was to not get swayed by popularity. There’s good popularity and bad popularity. Attention only lasts for a brief moment.”
Yuqi: “Always be proud of yourself. Don’t care about the comments and judgments. You are doing a good job, so just focus on [that]. Be proud of yourself.”
One good way to stop the green-eyed monster of jeolousy from gobbling us up, is to learn to love ourselves. That can only start when we learn to accept ourselves for everything that we are. Then add on a little gratitude to break us completely free from that monster.
In response to the lyrics in Allergy, the song Queencard encourages listeners to develop self-love, while loving others.
“It shines from head to toe, I’m sparkling”
(G)I-DLE reminds us that gaining self-confidence and self-love comes from within. It is not about our worldly possessions or physical appearance. In fact, it’s about accepting oneself and truly loving who you are.
Accepting and loving yourself could come in the form of allowing yourself to make mistakes and leaving comparison at the door. When you learn more about yourself, you grow slowly into the ‘more you’ version of ‘you’.
“I’m a Queencard”
Regardless of how one looks or what one wears, they can still be a ‘Queen Card’ – loosely described in the song as a person who loves and accepts themselves; someone who feels a sense of pride and strength in their authenticity.
Being unapologetically yourself does not mean disregarding other people’s thoughts and opinions, though. In fact, reflecting on one’s actions and being open to feedback, help to reveal blind spots for more positive self growth.
Loving yourself while caring for others, is a true way to be a Queencard.
To really be a queen means being able to get on top of life no matter what is thrown in your direction.
(G)-Idle shares that to stay at the top, they have learnt to embrace change by having an open mind, a willingness to listen to and accept different ideas, which has help them manage their own expectations.
The idols talk about how they stay adaptable to challenges they have faced.
Minnie: “Life has ups and downs. You have to learn how to deal with that, and how to cope with new environments.”
Miyeon: “Before [our] debut, I was afraid of challenges, but after I got to try different things, I really enjoyed trying new things. Now that I have a lot of fans and people who encourage me, it really motivates me to meet new challenges.”
Navigating life can be tough! Entering a new phase of life, like a new school, graduating and entering a new job means facing unprecedented challenges.
‘Allergy’ and ‘Queendom’ are two antithetical songs reflecting contrasting perspectives. Your choice and the belief about who you are can determine if the road ahead is going to be full of negative experience or learning opportunities and growth.
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