I Was Here
The last few months have been interesting. Interesting in a way that I came to understand that I myself as a person have changed. For the better. I have clarity about a lot more things, I am now more accepting of failures and my shortcomings (more on this to come)
I wanted to drop a note to remind myself, whilst we are living, to we remember why we are here.
Lately I find I want to live life in a way that anyone who comes across me leaves feeling even slightly better. (as much as is in my power to do so, I mean I'm not jollof rice. I can't make everyone happy)
I was doing some work this evening (as I'm finding myself keeping late nights these days between a lot of commitments) An old favorite came up on my Youtube playlist. I remember years ago I had internalized it as some sort of motto for myself. It's a song by Beyonce called "I Was Here" it's one of her lesser-known songs but truly one of the most favorite songs.
We live in a world where we can sometimes feel insignificant and what we are doing does not matter in any shape or form. We live in a world that sometimes seeks to erase our unique identity in a way that we don't necessarily want or choose. The important to me is that I want my loved ones to know that I AM here (not was) and I want it to be more than I ever dreamed it could be. To continue to do good, no matter how big or small it may be.
Here are the lyrics. The bolded parts are my favorite:
I want to leave my footprints on the sands of time Know there was something that, something that I left behind When I leave this world, I'll leave no regrets Leave something to remember, so they won't forget
I was here, I lived, I loved, I was here I did, I've done, everything that I wanted And it was more than I thought it would be I will leave my mark so everyone will know I was here
I wanna say I lived each day until I died I know that I had something in somebody's life The hearts I have touched will be the proof that I leave That I made a difference and this world will see
I just want them to know
That I gave my all, did my best
Brought someone some happiness
Left this world a little better just because
I was here
Against all of this, I pray for grace for each moment in my life to make a difference as much as I can and leave the world a better place. That's all I'd like to do.
I hope you are keeping well!