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  • Writer's pictureAustin Aloysius Tay

We are still young

Updated: Oct 20, 2023


‘We are young, so let’s set the world on fire, we can burn brighter than the sun’


Lyrics from the song ‘We Are Young’ by FUN

Recently this song has been in my head for some reason playing incessantly, and just in case you are wondering, I am not going crazy. Why it slips into my mind stealthily could be because of the catchy tune.  Like everything I do, I dig a little deeper to discover… Before I carry on, I would like to say that I am not advocating anyone to do any burning of any sort.


Looking at the lyrics (or the line above)… two words come to mind – Young and Fearless. So I try to make sense of what is relevant here to me. I am not hoping for some celestial message from some higher power but putting it being young and fearless to me, at least, means…


  1. Taking the risk and steps that you know that somehow, down the road, they are all worthwhile.

  2. Not to be doubtful of your aspirations even when everyone tells you that you are not able to make it.

  3. To be prepared for failure but know how to bounce back from it.

  4. To ask others for help (you will be surprised by how many good Samaritans are out there).

You only live once. Why not make the best out of it?


Reflecting on my journey to becoming an IO Psychologist, I lived young and fearlessly. Not because I am narcissistic, but because I believe it is the rite of passage everyone will have to go through. But as someone who has gone through that passage, I believe, the journey does not stop there as in our strange way


‘We are still young, we will carry on setting the world on fire. We can still burn as bright as the sun.”


As a practitioner, I believe I am a torch for those who are following behind me in their journey to becoming someone they can be proud of.


Disclaimer: In writing this, no fire or burning took place!


Video of the song – We Are Young by Fun courtesy of YouTube.



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