I was not a fan of Beyonce….
Now, bear with me here, I promise this isn’t a negative post. I’m just not a fan of her work, other than 1 or 2 songs, maybe. This doesn’t make me a “hater”, I just have my tastes and she doesn’t fit my personal criteria. But I also felt she was not utilizing her global presence and influence to set a positive example, or perhaps, to give her the benefit of the doubt, I just didn’t know enough about her to notice what she had done for society, up until now…
Her performance at the super bowl this year, was extremely commendable, in my opinion. She used a national platform to push an agenda that, although highly controversial, touches the lives and hearts of millions. And she did so, successfully! The world is now talking about it…even I’m talking about it!! You got my attention, Beyonce, touché!
Now, granted, I am still just basing this off headlines because I have yet to read or watch a full story, so there may be holes in my analysis. But, unsurprisingly, with any controversial topic, it accumulates attention and dozens of opinions. And I’m not here to offer an opinion on the issues I think she is highlighting or to examine her actions, I’m here to discuss what I believe it represents and what I think we should all gain from this.
Stand For Something, Or Fall For Anything
When someone stands up for something, anything, it means they truly care about the cause. They are passionate enough to speak up, to provoke thought and debate and to encourage some sort of change. Fewer and fewer people seem to stand up for their values; it takes courage. The easiest stance we, as bystanders, can take is to come down on someone for standing up for what they believe in, to criticize their methods, get offended by it, or say there are “other important issues” we should be more focused on. But, to me, that is just missing the point entirely.
We wouldn’t be human if we didnt make mistakes or give into what was easier from time to time, and there is only so much each of us can do to effectively promote change. One person cannot single-handedly address every issue in the world, no matter how influential they may appear to be. Additionally, we are all different. We have different interests, different passions, and different motives. Something I care deeply about, may not interest you at all. And that’s OK! But when something moves someone to a point they feel they must do or say something, then why should we chastise them for it? At least, they’re standing their ground rather than faltering to the pressures of society!
Don’t Focus On The Issue, Focus On The Message
When someone stands up for a cause, it not only supports and encourages those around them, it also opens up a gateway that inspires others to not only stand with them but to stand up for something that moves them. If you care about what the singer is advocating, use this momentum to drive change in your community, rather than waste time defending her actions. If you don’t know enough about it or are passionate about something different, use her message as inspiration to gain the courage to stand up for it. There are so many issues across the globe, pick one that means something to you. Pick one that you know something about, something that personally affects you, even if from a distance…and do something! Otherwise, just stand back while others do!
Most of us are waiting for a someone else to swoop in and defend our honor, but if YOU don’t stand up for yourself or your beliefs then how can you expect anyone else to? I won’t sit here and say that I can help with issues I know little to nothing about. And not because I don’t care about them. It means I’m focused on something that does touch my heart. I’m standing up for the things I know, the things I understand, the things that move me to want to make a difference. And if we all did this rather than condemn those who actually do, maybe we will start seeing some changes.
Remember, however, to always keep an open mind. You should be able to change your opinions when presented with new information…consider the information and make your own decision that is true to you and your values. Don’t allow someone else’s behavior or opinions to consume your thoughts negatively. Allow it to be a lesson and inspiration for growth. People will always have opinions, you cannot win with everyone, you can only win with yourself. For people in the public eye, it’s “damned if you do, damned if you don’t”, but those who do, and keep going, stay true to themselves and inspire the hearts of others.
So stand up for something! You’re going to offend someone regardless, you will spark debate, there will be opinions, but you cannot win with everyone, you can only win with yourself. And if it is important enough to you, stick to your guns, keep going until you see a change.
This is about as confrontational as you’ll ever see me get, lol…namaste!