It’s been 20 years since Kasey Chambers released her debut solo album, and she admits she has some mixed feelings about it.
“Some days I can’t believe it’s been 20 years, and then other times it feels like 100 years,” she tells Mamamia.
Now 41 years old and a mum of three – sons Talon, 15, and Arlo, 10, and daughter Poet, six – Kasey says she’s done a lot of growing up over the past two decades.
“I was a teenager when I wrote The Captain, and I was such a different person,” she says.
“I’m such a different person now than I was two years ago. Sometimes I think I have it all figured out, and then I’m like, ‘I don’t know what the f*** I was doing last year.'”
As she’s gotten older, Kasey says she’s learnt to be a lot more relaxed about the things that don’t really matter.
“I think I care a little bit less… I try to do the best that I can, but I f*** it up a lot as well. But that’s all part of the journey,” she admits.
“Don’t let your mistakes and your f*** ups define you… You’ve got to make some mistakes and some bad decisions to find happiness.”
It was her previous tendency to care about things a little too much which inspired her hit single, Not Pretty Enough.
“I look at Not Pretty Enough, and that was written by me looking in the mirror and not liking what I saw. We all have those days. But now I’m like, ‘Who gives a f***?’ It’s not that important,” she says.
“Back then it bothered me. Whereas now, I have fleeting moments where it bothers me – I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m a woman – but it doesn’t define me. And it doesn’t affect how my day or my week is going to go.”
And as a busy working mum, it’s safe to say Kasey probably doesn’t have as much spare time to fixate on the things that used to bother her in the past.