A song that has great meaning to me is The Night Is Still Young by Nicki Minaj because when the song came out it was during my senior year of high school and my friends and I related to the song. Every time I hear it it reminds me of how much fun high school was and how much love I have for my friends. Every day was a hangout day, whether we went to a friends house to play paint twister or packed up the car to go to the beach. We were always that friend group that everyone wanted to be in because we never had drama and always had fun. In a way, it served as an anthem for our group because of the hopeful and upbeat lyrics. That lasted for a while until a misunderstanding with one of our group’s members began to distance us, leading to an awkward tension in the group dynamic.

The song states, “I never worry, life is a journey, I just wanna enjoy the ride, What is the hurry? It’s pretty early, It’s okay, we’ll take our time” which talks about enjoying every moment of life and not rushing things. Take in each moment as something special because you will never get it back again. Aside from the great memories that make me sentimental when the song is played, it also reminds me of one of my friendships that I lost after high school. She was one of my best friends and we were so open with each other however, towards the end of my senior year she felt distant from our group because of relationship problems with her boyfriend and she grew an animosity towards us. The animosity stemmed from us being friends with the girl my friend thought was “flirting” with her boy friend. I still don’t know to this day why she ended our friendship over something so small when our friendship was so unique and close. We had all been friends with that girl for years therefore, nothing was new. Prom was around the corner and tension was still evident in the group. No one was truly addressing the issue at hand so it was on everyone’s mind how prom night would play out. A day that should be thought of with joy and excitement was turning into feelings of dread.

To my surprise, prom night turned into one of the best memories from high school because on that night we were able to look past the differences we had and simply enjoy the moment. This song helped us to all come together like how things used to be before everything changed. The good memories outweigh the bad and so when I hear its up beat rhythm, it brings me back to my senior prom and when we were driving in the party bus, in that moment everyone was laughing, dancing and enjoying life as if nothing else mattered. I genuinely felt so happy. It felt as if life had slowed down and you could see everyone’s pure joy. I’ll never forget that moment because right then and there I felt as if we were all unstoppable and anything was possible. All of the animosity was left at the door and we could have partied forever. Time flew by that night so in an essence, the night was still young.

The Night Is Still Young by Nicki Minaj means so much to me because the sound of the song gives a theme of optimism for the future which I like to think applies to me. I have big hopes and dreams for my future and can’t wait to see what’s out there for me but it is nice to reflect on the great memories of the past as well and grow from things we have done. Now, when I hear this song it reminds me of the value of relationships and how I shouldn’t take them for granted. It is important to appreciate friendships in the moment because of how fast things can change beyond your control.

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