*Checks watch* Well, would you look at that! It's revisit-the-music-video-for-everyone’s-favorite-ode-to-puberty-o'clock! That music video is, but of course, the music video for Britney Spears’s “I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman”. In 2002, Spears released a vid for the second single off of Britney, and not only is it beautiful (not to toot my home state's horn, but as far as nature is concerned, Arizona really knocks it out of the Grand Canyon National Park), but it also happens to showcase just how fearless the pop star is. No green screens were used in the making of this clip, i.e., Spears really stood at the real edge of a real cliff in Antelope Canyon, AZ. Godney is so, so brave.
Perhaps you are a daredevil of sorts who has yet to meet a mountain too high or a river too raging. Perhaps you are all about skydiving, cliff jumping, shark-infested water swimming, et cetera. Perhaps you do not think the "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman" music video is that big a deal. You and I are not cut from the same cloth.
If I was offered the chance to star a shot-for-shot remake of this music video (ugh, I miss Becoming), I'd have to decline. I am a nervous nincompoop who panics when I have to walk up a flight of railing-less stairs (What if a moth suddenly dive-bombs at my head and I freak out and lose my balance and reach for a banister that isn't there only to tumble down all of the steps?), so traipsing out to the edge of a precipice would be out of the question. There are so many moments in this vid that I personally would not be able to handle. I will share those moments now:
The Moment When Britney Stands On A Tiiiiiny Piece Of Cliff
Oh. My. God.
The Moment When Britney Sits At The Edge Of A Cliff With Her Feet Pointed Toward The Bottom Of The Canyon
The Moment When Britney Stands With Her Back To The Edge Of The Tiiiiiiny Cliff
THE EDGE IS RIGHT BEHIND YOU. DON'T MOVE A MUSCLE.
The Moment When Britney Leans Toward The Edge Of The Cliff
The Moment When Britney Trudges Through Murky Cave Water Without Any Shoes On
For all we know, a school of demon cave fish could be lurking below.
The Moment When You Gain Some Perspective
The Moment When Britney Leans Toward The Abyss A Second Time
99.99999% chance I'd have a panic attack right then and there.
The Moment When Britney Ends Up Stuck On A Canyon Island
HOW DID SHE GET THERE? HOW IS SHE GOING TO GET DOWN?
The Moment When Britney Dangles Her Leg Over The Edge
*Grabs inhaler and takes a very dramatic puff*
The Moment When Britney Flaps Her Arms Around Willy-Nilly
WHY? WHY WOULD YOU DO ANYTHING THAT MIGHT POSSIBLY THROW OFF YOUR BALANCE AT A TIME LIKE THIS?
The Moment When Britney Gets Left Behind
Wait, where is the crew? Where's everybody going? COME BAAAAAAACK.
Images: BritneySpearsVEVO/YouTube (12); Kristie Rohwedder/Bustle (11)