There are probably mobs of people around you that have athelophobia- the fear of never being good enough. We patch on heaps of concealer to hide our flaws and don the most fashionable outfits, but is that really who we want to be? The Japanese say we have three faces. The first face, you show to the world. The second face, you show to your close friends, and your family. The third face, you never show anyone. It is the truest reflection of who you are. Although I don’t necessarily agree with this statement, many of us can’t fault the fact that we lead double lives, and we don’t show the people around us who we are deep down.
Songs that truly relate to us are a rare gem nowadays, and Try by Colbie Caillat is a beautiful song through and through. It is genuine, real and relatable, and definitely inspires teenagers around the world to believe in who they were made out to be. “[‘Try’] is about how us women feel like we need to change ourselves in so many different ways for people to accept us and like us,” Colbie Caillat once mentioned. “As much as we all hate that we allow that to happen, we still do it. Every day we wake up and change the way we look just so that we feel better about ourselves. Me and Kenny [Babyface] and Jason [Reeves], we were talking about that. We wanted a song that was honest and vulnerable.”
My favourite verse in the song is
Take your make-up off
Let your hair down
Take a breath
Look into the mirror, at yourself
Don’t you like you?
‘Cause I like you
Nicolette Kum 2 Unity