Can we all just take a moment to acknowledge how amazing Beyoncé is? I finally got the chance to watch her Netflix documentary, Homecoming, and I have even more respect for her than I already had. It brings me back to April of last year when I stayed up all night to watch her Coachella performance online. It was truly something I will never forget. I was left speechless. The way she represented HBCU culture and black culture in true Beyoncé fashion just left me so amped up I literally could not sleep. All I could think about was her performance and question if what I had seen was even real. Fast forward to now, and I am still left in awe after watching Homecoming.
This documentary offered so much insight into to the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual mindset that Beyoncé was in as she going through the process of getting ready for her Coachella performance. Beyoncé also allowed us to see the more vulnerable moments in her life as she talked about her very rocky pregnancy with the twins and balancing family life with her onstage persona. While watching the documentary, I experienced a moment of enlightenment. Seeing Beyoncé’s work ethic and how she is able to balance it all just confirmed for me that I have no reason to have anymore excuses. I have no reason to keep putting things off until tomorrow, and I have no reason not to be working on elevating my craft continuously. Now granted, Beyoncé does have a team to assist her however, the vision is all her. Every detail is intentional, and she does not stop working and fine tuning every aspect of her projects until everything is perfect, and it is a clear reflection of her brand. Beyoncé has continuously given us great work, and has advanced her brand to the extent that if we see a symbol, a color, or even just one word we know that Beyoncé is coming out with something. That is the same level of greatness I aspire to be in my own professional field. However, with that level of greatness requires an equally great work ethic. Which brings me to the question of, “What am I doing with my 24 hours?”
Most people say they want success, but they don’t want to put in the work. Others say they want success , but they get discouraged when their success doesn’t look like the immediate success of their counterparts. Then, there are people who say they want success, but claim they don’t have enough time. Not having enough time has always been my excuse, and now it is just my crutch. I would often see post on social media of my peers getting involved in so many different projects, and I would always question,”How do they find the time?” The answer is they utilize their time productively.We may all have the same 24 hours in a day, but it is ultimately up to us to use it as efficiently as we can. I am notorious for saying, “There just isn’t enough time in the day; after work and school I’m done for the day.” However, when I consider how many days I often spend on a Netflix binge or just giving myself a day off I could be utilizing that time to work on the projects that I am actually passionate about.
This topic makes me think of my professor who used to preach to us about the importance of waking up early and taking that time to work on ourselves. She would always say, “Wake up early and spend time with yourself, and spend time working on the things that you enjoy because once you walk out the door you belong to the world.” As I get older I understand the sentiments that she was trying to express to us. Because once you step into the world you’re trying to meet the deadlines and expectation of others whether it’s coming from your job, school, family, etc. Those expectations and deadlines often carry over into our home-life leaving us with very little time to work on the projects we enjoy. However, when you set aside that time in the morning to just simply focus on yourself and your creative energy you can accomplish a lot more. That is why I’m slowly but surely trying to push myself into getting into the habit of waking up earlier because if I am not making myself a priority I can not expect anyone else to. If I am not making my goals a priority I can not expect them to come into fruition.
All in all, people make time for what they want, whether that be for their goals, relationships, etc. So, like a plant, if we expect something to grow we have to make the conscious effort to water it. Otherwise, we are just doing a disservice to ourselves by not putting in the work, time, or energy that would ultimately lead to a much better out come. A lot of us are waiting for our blooming season but we are forgetting to water ourselves. I don’t want to live with regrets or sit back and think wow if I had put the work in the I would be much further now. I want to start now so that a year from now all I see are results. One thing I think we can all learn from Beyoncé is, that all the work we put in now is the rehearsal. That rehearsal is ultimately preparing us for the performance, and when that day comes we will be ready to show up and show out like the Beyoncé that lives in all of us.
Once again thank you for reading and if you have seen Homecoming let me know your thoughts about it in the comments. Enjoy the rest of your week!