Do you remember where you were a year ago? Do you remember who you were a year ago?
In October 2017, American singer/songwriter Billie Eilish (who was 15 years old at the time) sat down with Vanity Fair to talk about her tours, success, and hopes for the future as an emerging artist. Exactly one year later, Billie met with Vanity Fair again to answer the very same questions she previously had been asked.
After a year, some things remained the same. Her favorite movie is still Fruitvale Station. She still acknowledges Tyler, the Creator as a major source of inspiration -- an artist she says, "hits a part of [her] that nobody gets."
And, of course, many things are now remarkably different. She is currently followed by 14.4 million people on Instagram -- quite the increase for someone with 257,000 followers in 2017. Her largest show in 2017 had a crowd of 500, but within a year she was playing shows at arenas with 40,000 fans in attendance. She'll play Coachella this year, which attracts more than 750,000 people over its two consecutive weekends.
But artist milestones are not the only areas of progress for Billie. As her interview answers show, this breakthrough artist's emotional intelligence has also grown within a year's time.
Emotional intelligence is defined as the ability to recognize your own emotions and to understand how they affect you as well as the people around you. Studies have shown that those who possess a high level of emotional intelligence are more effective at adjusting their own behaviors and have better interpersonal relationships than others.
When asked what advice she would give herself a year ago, Billie's response had much to do with monitoring her emotions: "Don't post everything you think...Just don't. If you're watching this right now -- anybody -- if anybody is watching this, don't post your feelings. Don't do it to yourself." Instead, consider finding different emotional outlets. This young artist explains that she chooses to write everything she feels on her bedroom wall.
As Billie reflects on her response to the 2017 question, "What advice would you give yourself a year from now?", she also ruminates, "[Sadness] is a waste of time. It's ruined so many things that could have been amazing. Because I was sad."
Billie Eilish may only be 17 years old, but regardless of her age, we can still learn from her musings on emotions and how to deal with them in healthy ways.