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Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' is a whole new lesson in maturity

Ariana Grande's new single 'Thank U, Next' teaches us to thank our exes for the lessons they taught us, and it's an attitude we definitely all need to adopt.

'Thank U, Next' dropped just 30 minutes before Ariana Grande's ex-fiance Pete Davidson was set to appear on Saturday Night Live. The timing screamed petty, and I can't possibly lie when I say I was expecting a classic break-up ballad scorning her love. Yet, Grande puts a welcome spin on a break-up song and turns it into one of the most emotionally mature songs I've ever heard.

Instead of being salty or mean, she thanks every single one of her exes for making her 'so amazing'. She sings of the lessons they taught her and why they shouldn't be resented, but in fact, thanked because they taught her something about herself. Grande sings from a place of self-love as opposed to emptiness and hurt, and I find it hard to believe her breakup was still so fresh, as she sings as if it happened years ago.

Ariana Grande reminds us heartbreak is actually a blessing in disguise. We are always offered the opportunity to learn and grow from it, but her song reminds us we should take that opportunity and never waste it. Getting hurt allows us to learn more about ourselves as a person and allows for self-growth.

Her emotional maturity prompted many to take to social media. Some creating memes with her lyrics, whereas other's took her lyrics and meaning of the song to heart, promising to adopt the same outlook as Ariana. I think her outlook is something we should all adopt. Heartbreak is awful, for sure, but instead of being petty we should see it as a learning opportunity.

Self-growth is so important in this day and age when we spend so much of our lives living through our phones. It's times like heartbreak that force us to deal with our emotions, and it's times like those where we can truly learn more about ourselves.

If we all adopted Ariana's outlook on heartbreak, I think the world of love would be a much easier place to navigate and we would all turn out as even better humans. 'Thank U, Next' is an important single, and one I think will be remembered for years to come.

What are your thoughts on the single?
Featured image: Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

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