People give Miley a lot of flack for just being herself. In the past she's made headlines for all kinds of ridiculousness, and a few nights ago she hosted the VMA's and released a surprise album at the end of the broadcast.
Miley and I are the same age, and she's probably learned a lot in her time as a starlet, pop-star and cultural icon. She's got a good head on her shoulders, and is a complete nut, but who isn't? Don't hate if you don't know.
"If anyone tells you you're going to be the same person at 11 as you are at 18, and nothing's going to change, and your values aren't going to change...and thinks you're not going to change...they're definitely lying to you."
This is such an important concept. People change. It's natural. If anyone expects you to have the same kind of life 10 years from this moment, they're just asking for problems. You have to live for yourself, and do things because they are good for you at the time. If you don't you're living out someone else's expectations and that's not right.
"Don't be anything you don't want to be, always be yourself."
This is easier said than done, but Miley is herself now. She has grown past her younger image and made her life her own. There were bumps, and still are, but the girl can do what she wants, and people flock to her because of that. I think that's pretty damn cool, whatever people think about her or her music...she walks the walk man.
"At the end of the day, the person who has to be happy is me."
AMEN. You have to make your own choices and if you're happy with them, who cares what other people think? If you're living the life you want to, nothing can really stop you from being happy.
"I wanted people to see me as a real person for once and open their eyes, and see that I'm not a Barbie doll that does and says what people want."
Miley doesn't feel like she has to defend herself, but when people question what she does she always answers simply and maturely. Even in her younger years, Miley learned to have her own best interest at heart. And if you don't believe in something, and are following someone else's path it's your duty to get off. It's an essential part of growing up, to learn who you are and find out what matters to you.
"I don't just twerk and lick stuff, I sing a little too,"
After the whole VMA 13' debacle Miley grew up quite a bit. The music and the art became a lot more important to her and currently, she's doing this kind of psychadellic art-pop rock stuff influenced by Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips. She's pretty rad, and she wants people to know that sometimes the outside stuff isn't the most important. I think it's awesome that she sticks it to the media too, because most of the judgement comes from tabloid idiots who don't know how to write, or what to write about. Sorry 'bout it.
"If you can't express yourself, you're not very free."
Miley has said many times that during her days on Disney she didn't feel like she could accurately express herself. And yes, this is really true. I can't function if I'm not expressing myself, whether its in writing or music. It kind of feels like I'm all blocked up and have nothing to give. It's clear Miley is free now, and does whatever she wants.
And that's pretty rad.