G-Dragon was one of the first kpop artists I listened to. High school me stumbled across Crayon in 2013 and was hooked; I swear I listened to that song a good 100 times just in the first week alone. As such, GD has always had a special place with me and he inspires me every day to be the best version of myself that I can be. For this Artist Spotlight week, I wanted to show you how he inspires me and it’s my hope that you can also find some inspiration from this amazing man!
Something I’ve been afraid of a lot is taking a chance on something unknown. I get in my head and start thinking “what if I fail?” or “what if I look like an idiot?” and I decide that it’s not worth the risk. Jiyong shows me that I shouldn’t be afraid to fail at something, I should really be afraid of no longer taking those chances and convincing myself against it. Life is made up of risks and chances; not being brave enough to face that and throw myself at a challenge will only see me stuck in a rut that I can’t get out of.
I was always told when I was younger to kill them with kindness. I found that to be really hard advice to follow, especially in high school; why should I bother being kind to someone when they can’t extend me the same kindness? When someone is standing in front of me telling me I’m not worth anything and that I’ll never amount to anything, how am I supposed to smile in their face and be kind?
Instead, I like to draw from GD. Live life, be successful, and kill them with that knowledge. Then smile in their face and know that you’ve worked hard and proved every one of them wrong. Know that you’ve lived your life the best way you could and they don’t matter one whit.
Something I also struggle with a lot is knowing my limits. I’ve frequently been told that I don’t know how to ‘chill’ or that I need to learn how to relax. I like to keep myself busy and, while perhaps not always a bad thing, sometimes I take it a bit too far. I work myself to exhaustion every so often because I don’t like to be idle. Jiyong is here to remind me that it’s okay to take a break and take time for myself occasionally.
It won’t be the end of the world if I take time to rest and I think that is something really important to remember. He’s also essentially saying to ‘stop and smell the roses’; to take in nature and realize that there are things out there greater than ourselves. While everything we’re dealing with may seem huge and insurmountable, if we stop and take in what’s around us, it may help to put all our problems into perspective.
Life can be really tough sometimes but in those moments, G-Dragon is there to help me remember who I am and what’s important. Don’t be afraid to take chances, smile in the face of adversity and kill them with success, and always remember to take time for yourself and put your problems into perspective. These three things are super important to me and I hope that you’re able to use them as well!