I love Adele. Sorry honey – I can’t help myself. This tweet explains why I’m head over heels with Adele and always will be.
There’s no need to embellish, so I’ll just copy what she wrote….
“When I was 7, I wanted to be 8. When I was 8, I wanted to be 12. When I turned 12 I just wanted to be 18. Then after that I stopped wanting to be older. Now I’m ticking 16-24 boxes just to see if I can blag it!
I feel like I’ve spent my whole life so far wishing it away. Always wishing I was older, wishing I was somewhere else, wishing I could remember and wishing I could forget too. Wishing I hadn’t ruined so many good things because I was scared or bored. Wishing I wasn’t so matter of fact all the time. Wishing I’d gotten to know my great grandmother more, and wishing I didn’t know myself so well, because it means I always know what’s going to happen in the end. Wishing I hadn’t cut my hair off, wishing I was 5’7”. Wishing I’d waited and wishing I’d hurried up as well.
My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. But I haven’t got time to hold on to the crumbs of my past like I used to. What’s done is done. Turning 25 was a turning point for me, slap bang in the middle of my twenties. Teetering on the edge of being an old adolescent and a fully-fledged adult, I made the decision to go into becoming who I’m going to be forever without a removal van full of my old junk.
I miss everything about my past, the good and the bad, but only because it won’t come back. When I was in it I wanted out! So typical. I’m on about being a teenager, sitting around and chatting shit, not caring about the future because it didn’t matter then like it does now. The ability to be flippant about everything and there be no consequences. Even following and breaking rules…is better than making the rules.
25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realizing. And I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.”
All I can say is…wow. That’s one of the most powerful, humble, simple letters I’ve ever read…let alone from an entertainer. It’s like Adele, herself – unadorned and simply awesome.
As an entrepreneur, I identify with what she says about always wanting to be older. Early on in your life you always think that the prospect of being bigger, more successful, having lots of money, etc. – these are the things that will make you happy.
You forget to pat yourself on the back and say what I’ve achieved is really good, something to be proud of regardless of whether you’re living in high society or being funded to the moon.
You forget that you need to take care of yourself, let go of past mistakes, spend more time with your family, forgive yourself, love yourself as you are and become who you’re going to be without your “old junk”.
In your career and your life, it’s OK to miss the past. But you must embrace the future with all of its uncertainty and promise. You must stop to smell the roses, then launch into the garden!
So honey, you can keep your Adam Levine with his tattoos and high voice…I’ll keep my Adele. Sorry, sweetie – I can’t help it. Don’t worry, though. You can rest safe in the knowledge that this letter (to me) explains why millions of other fans love her too.
The appeal of Adele is way beyond her beautiful, soulful voice. Adele is real. Adele is us.