I have to say that the single most important lesson I learned in 25 years talking every single day to people was that there is a common denominator in our human experience. Most of us, I tell ya, we don’t want to be divided. What we want—the common denominator that I found in every single interview—is that we want to be validated. We want to be understood.
I’ve done over 35,000 interviews in my career, and as soon as that camera shuts off everyone always turns to me and inevitably in their own way ask this question: “was that ok?”
I heard it from President Bush. I heard it from President Obama. I’ve heard it from heroes and from housewives. I’ve heard it from victims and perpetrators of crime. I even heard it from BE-YON-CÉ in all of her Beyoncé-ness. She finishes performing, hands me the microphone, and says “was that ok?” [x]
This actually made me want to cry a little. Thinking that the most powerful people still need that kind of validation.
beyonces name needs to be an adjective meaning being the greatest form of inspiration
Everything around you has changed.
Life as you know it no longer exists.
Nothing looks the same.
Nothing feels the same.
You dance to keep from crying but the tears still come.
You’ve become so unrecognizable even to yourself.
But the clues to who you were
who you are
are all around to guide you.
Isolation brings revelation.
You start to peel back the layers.
You see every part of yourself.
You fight yourself in order to find yourself.
You are the general and the army.
Using your heart your mind is your compass.
You remember who you were
and who you were born to be.
You are a queen.
AND NONE FOR MICHELLE
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Photo Credit: Stefania D’Alessandro
don’t talk to me if you prefer the J Cole version of “Party”
BEYONCÉ - I WAS HERE INTERLUDE FROM THE MRS. CARTER SHOW (HQ)