First off, if you haven't watched the actual speech than please do.
I did not plan to write about this, but while I was watching and listening to this I was hit with some thoughts. I'm sorry if some of this doesn't make any sense, so consider this my brain dump/ lecture. I do not write this because I'm a big fan of BTS or just want to promote their music, but I write this as a person deeply affected by the message they put out. I write this as a human being learning how to love myself.
The man giving the speech is Kim Namjoon or RM, which is his stage name. He is the leader of BTS and is a pivotal part in making their music and speaking their message. Namjoon starts off his speech with talking about growing up in the small town of Ilsan, South Korea. He talks about how as a boy he would look up at the stars and dream your usual childish dreams. He continues talking about how he started caring about what other people thought about him. How he tried to make himself fit into the mold that society had created.
I think the most powerful thing he said in this speech was "We all lost our names. We became like ghosts." I think growing up we try to fit into the mold. We try so hard to be like everybody else that we shut off the voice inside our head that's telling us to be our authentic selves. We ignore the things that make us truly happy and what makes our hearts beat. We listen to what the world says. Namjoon tells us to speak ourselves for who we are. He tells us to find our name, find our voice, and to tell our story.
You may be wondering "Noelle why is this even important?" Well if you haven't noticed we live in a age of extreme self hatred, depression, and anxiety. Young people today are told that they have to fit a certain mold to be accepted and loved, and if you don't do that than no one will love you or care about you. I'm here to tell you differently. I myself battle with anxiety, depression, and self-hatred, but I have started looking at myself in a different light. I no longer see myself through other people's eyes but I see myself as a person trying to become a better person. This speech is important because it says a message that the young people need to hear.
As I'm ending this post I would like to say one last thing. Well I think it's better said by Namjoon, "What is your name? Speak Yourself."
I will call them my people, who were not my people; and her beloved, who was not beloved. -Romans 9:25
by Noelle Janae