If there ever was a prime example of how much you can change over time, it’s Miley Cyrus. The child star who grew up on the Disney channel as the loveably goofy Hannah Montana has since gone on to ditch her goody-two-shoes image and embrace a more unfiltered, wild spirit. However, today the Disney show is 10 years old, and it seems as though Miley is feeling just as nostalgic as the rest of us. The 23-year-old actress took to Instagram to share this snap earlier today alongside a very honest tribute to the TV show that launched her career.

In a lengthy Instagram essay, she writes, “To the world, it’s a celebration of 10 years, but for us the journey began way before the world had any clue who the f**k any of us are… There was a very long auditioning process, and many chemistry reads which really is what sold the show to the producers and channel because no matter what went on over the years (which none of you have any clue about but it was like The Real World but more hormonal teenagers) our love for each other was unquestionable… Even though I feel disconnected to who I was at that time I will always feel eternally grateful for the opportunity and platform I was given… None of it would have been possible without every single person who ever contributed to the series… From regulars, to special guests (and there were many magical ones @dollyparton) to creators, crew , directors… I am where I am because of loyal fans that I am thankful for and of course love dearly all the new angels who support me now… Even though HM is chopped up into little tiny pieces and buried in my backyard she will always hold a very special place in my heart! Celebrate this day with us!”

Her admiration for the show that made her famous comes as a bit of a surprise, considering she recently spoke about how much the show negatively affected her life. However, if there is a lesson to be learned through all of this, it’s perhaps that you should embrace the bad just as much as the good. While the good times are great when they’re rolling, it’s those tough moments when you’re really able to learn and build character. Miley isn’t the same girl she was when she was swapping wigs to disguise her identity, but the show 100 percent helped shape her into the gem of a human she is today.

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