In Lorde’s song “Ribs” she has a line that is “It feels so scary getting old.” I’d seen people making fun of her for that line as when it was written she was only 16.
But it is in fact such a great line, and those who asperse it are those same people who dismiss any thoughts and experiences of anyone young.
Introspective, thoughtful young people are often extremely aware of the life changes they are going through, usually more so than the normals around them were or ever will be. (It’s my opinion that wisdom doesn’t really have much to do with age. It certainly didn’t with me. In other words, a dumbass is still a dumbass when they are 15 or 50.)
The song reminds me of standing in the doorway of my room at my mom’s house and looking back as I was about to leave for the army. I remember thinking, This is the last time that I will ever look at this room this way again, with these eyes…this is it.
And then striding out, never to return.
That’s what the song is about. Those transitions, those barriers that are destroyed by the mere act of moving past them. And the fact that there is no going back.