For the past few weeks Solange’s A Seat at the Table has been on repeat day in and day out. If you haven’t checked it out, you are seriously missing out on the sweet crooning of her latest masterpiece. While I could write about every song on the album, I do not wear the crown of an expert of music or a critic whatsoever. Instead, what I’d like to discuss in this post (and probably a few to follow), are what these songs have inspired in me.
In "Don’t Wish Me Well" she serenades us with these simple yet powerful words:
“Look what remains
So I ask you again, what are you fighting for? Because if it isn’t yourself I’m not sure why you’re here. If you don’t find yourself fighting for your spot, to see yourself elevated to levels you never knew were possibles, then what’s the point. There are people in your life that will try to drag you down and will be fighting against you, proclaiming mediocrity to your life. People who will wish you well with spite and malice behind each word. You have to know when it's time to leave those people, their words remind yourself that you don’t need them. In this world if we are not changing then we are not evolving. The only thing constant is time and even that’s debatable.
However, if you delve a little deeper she goes on to say that she’s going all the way, but she’ll leave on the lights. This line really hit me hard; because while advancement is important, the only way we are all going to win is if we don’t slam the door behind us once we make it there. I know that while I’m working towards my goal, I may loose some people along the way, however I will leave on the lights and when you finally are ready to fight for yourself, the lights will be on so that it’s easier for you to find your way.
Three women going through life.