Adele released her newest album today, and it’s just as mind-blowing as we’d hoped.
It’s her first album release in nearly four years, and oh, how we’ve missed her. Adele’s ground shaking voice and frank, honest lyrics stretch across genres and borders, each song poignant and powerful enough to stab you right in the heart (all while climbing to the top of the music charts).
There is a lot to be learned from the British pop-soul icon who showed us all we can be sensitive and strong. Here are just a few lessons Adele teaches by example:
There are better places than the spotlight.
There’s no question about it: Adele is a superstar. The singer’s latest single Hello broke two major VEVO records within days and was the first single to sell more than a million copies within a week.
Still, Adele doesn’t ask for the much deserved attention she receives. Between the release of this album and the last Adele had all but completely disappeared from the public eye, and most updates about her life come in the form of discreet, tasteful announcements from her publicist. Adele shows the world how it’s possible to have a healthy relationship with fame and that even the most talented of performers can stay grounded and down to earth.
Love yourself, body and mind.
Adele is confident. She is quietly and unflinchingly happy with who she is, never needing to bring attention to herself to validate her ego.
She is a champion of self-love and body positivity, unapologetic and unflinching in the face of criticism. “I’ve never seen magazine covers or music videos and been like ‘I need to look like that to be a success,'” she told Anderson Cooper in an interview. She flippantly added that she doesn’t need to be anyone but herself to sell records. “I don’t need to,” she said with a laugh. “I’m selling records.”
It’s OK to hurt after a breakup.
When a relationship ends, we’ve been taught to put on a brave face. We’re convinced that we need to act tough and together (at least in public) because if it seems like we’re hurting less than our exes, we’ll have won somehow.
Adele shatters those expectations, fearlessly telling both her exes and the world about her pain. She is relatable and human, the perfect example of how a woman who feels things can still be strong.
Laugh, hard and often.
It’s OK to not take yourself (or a funny situation) too seriously sometimes. Whether she’s being pranked in an interview or being asked if she’d like to be a Bond Girl (Her response was “Hahaha! No!”) Adele is quick to offer a loud, contagious laugh.
And last, but certainly not least…
High-five Daniel Craig at every available opportunity.
Obviously. He’s James Bond.
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