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We Gon' Slay

"I dream it, I work hard, I grind 'til I own it"

“I do not trust people who don't love themselves and yet tell me, 'I love you.' There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” - Maya Angelou

          I was once asked: If there was a movie to be done about my life whom would I want to play me? With no hesitation I said Beyoncé. The other person replied, “You must think very highly of yourself then.” To this I did not respond, but in my head I thought, “I do. You don’t think highly of yourself?” People sometimes mistake the love I have for myself as being cocky or conceited. It’s not conceited to think you’re great. Being conceited is to think you’re better than someone else. Beyoncé may sing, dance, and perform better than I, but that does not make her better than me. Others are allowed to do things better or worse than you can, but that does not make his or her overall worth more or less than yours. Along with the quote above the great Maya Angelou once said, “If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?” How can you be good to yourself if you don’t think you’re great or worthy?

            This quote spoke to me immediately. I am a Godly woman, so I wish to live my life in the most Godly way possible. I am a driven woman, so I wish to live my life in a way that fosters prosperity and achievement. I am a loving woman, so I wish to help and uplift every person in my life who I hold dear. I try to live my life in a way that not only God, but also the people that love me (family, friends, etc.) will be proud of. I am good to myself, because I love me, and who I have become. People respect me because I have taken the time to get to know myself, and although I am always growing and learning I hold true to what I believe is right.

            God made Beyoncé, just like God made me and so who am I to decide I am less than her just because our paths have taken us different routes? We do ourselves a disservice by considering ourselves as less, just because society has said we aren’t skinny enough, pretty enough, smart enough, wealthy enough, etc. We are perfect in God’s image and equal to each other in every sense of the word. God is the only one deemed worthy to judge. I love my life. I love the path I have chosen and the people God has blessed me with to walk on this path with me. I work hard like Beyoncé works hard. I’m dedicated like Beyoncé’s dedicated. I have a vision just like Beyoncé has a vision. So who am I to belittle myself or devalue myself as less just because my talents are different than hers? We have to stop ranking each other and judging based on fame and beauty, and more on substance. Although Beyoncé is gorgeous and amazingly gifted at her chosen craft she is also so much more than her exterior.

            This generation has become so jaded with valuing looks and popularity that we have forgotten what really makes someone special. We have forgotten that we are all special and equals in our own right, regardless of popularity and looks. Of course I would choose Beyoncé to play me in a movie, because in my mind God made us equal and although society has deemed her skills fiscally worth more than mine that does not in actuality make them more valuable. Love yourself like Beyoncé. Treat yourself like Beyoncé. Carry yourself like Beyoncé, because we are all amazing in our own way. We should never let anyone make less of our lives or achievements. At the end of the day look yourself in the mirror and be proud of your work and what you’ve accomplished. Be proud of your dreams, ambitions, and drive. And most of all, never forget to just Be You.
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