I’m just going to leave this video right here for you to watch. Go on, press play.
There are so many different ways in which you might connect with this short film. It simply could be because of BEYONCÉ herself. But if like me, you’re a wordy-type of person, you’ll connect with what she’s saying – the stories she shares and reflects on as we reach the one-year-anniversary of her self-titled debut visual album, “BEYONCÉ”.
But she reflects on more than just the one year, she reflects on her entire life. Growing up and sharing what her mother taught her (“Be strong and never be a victim. Never make excuses. Never expect anyone else to provide for [me] things I know I can provide for myself.”); what she’s learnt about herself and the person that she’s become because of her experiences, the fame she’s experienced, her family, and the underlying message that everything really does happen for a reason.
BEYONCÉ is downright honest in this raw and personal film, which is always refreshing to hear and see. Key highlights and comments for me include:
“I am complicated.”
“If I had not gone through some of the painful experiences in my life, I would not be me.”
“We do not value ourselves enough.”
“I always considered myself a feminist, although I was always afraid of that word because people put so much on it. When honestly, it’s very simple. It’s someone that believes in equality for men and women. Men and women balance each other out, and we have to get to a point where we appreciate each other.”
“Happiness comes from you. No-one else can make you happy. You make you happy.”
My favourite line is “I feel like my body is borrowed, and this life is very temporary.”
It’s true. Who knows what could happen tomorrow. We should always question, ‘What If?’ with any situation or adventure that we embark on. We should just do the things we want to do. I know I might sound a bit like I’m leaning towards that stupid acronym made famous by Drake (I’m not going to repeat it here, but I know you know what I’m talking about), but I prefer BEYONCÉ‘s words. Don’t you?