#BeyonceTaughtMe: 4 Ways Beyoncé Inspired Me At Beychella

Beyoncé took away all my edges – every single strand, one at a time

Beyoncé.

Beyoncé Mutha-Fck-In Giselle Knowles-Carter.

April 15th, 2018 around 1:30ish am CST (thanks to Post Malone taking forever *rolls eyes*), was the moment that Beyoncé made world history.

Beyoncé’s iconic performance started with her dressed as a modern-day Cleopatra, revealing herself at the end of a catwalk behind breathtaking dancers, led by a Black Panther mascot. Throughout the night, Beyoncé gave us all the feels and flashbacks from some of her greatest hits.

During the concert, she also brought Jay out to perform Deja Vu (a forever fave), and danced and dropped it low with Solange on stage. On top of allllll of that she brought Kelly and Michelle out to perform some of our their biggest hits.

Queen B’s performance was magical. It was historical. It was Black AF. It was damn right inspirational. It triggered a feeling of “girl, you can do anything – go get that bag” in a way that I’ve desperately needed for some time now. If you weren’t apart of the BeyHive before Beychella, I’m sure you are now. If not, chile you are missing out.

Just in case you missed it, here are 4 ways that Beyoncé inspired me (and I’m sure all of us) at Coachella Beychella.

1) She showed us what having stamina means

For over two hours with only a few minor breaks, Queen B performed and never missed a beat. Her performance demonstrated what having endurance, hard work, and grit looked like. In life, times will get hard, and you will get tired. You will feel like throwing in the towel and will want to take the easy way out, but in the end if you don’t give up, and continue to push forward, you will produce nothing but greatness.

2) She reminded us to love ourself first

In your career, friendships, and in romantic relationships, there will be times when you will be tested. People will hurt you, and take advantage of who you are and what you bring to the table. When they do, it’s critical that you never lose sight of who you are, what you value, and what makes you happy. It’s important that you remind them and most importantly yourself that you deserve more. It’s critical that you remind them you will not succumb to the average expectations of others, and will not let anyone dictate the course of your life and feelings. Last night Beyoncé reminded us that we should always have an unchanging feeling of self-belief in ourselves.

3) She stressed the importance of never forgetting where you came from

In a time where she could have had any kind of performers, and any type of concert theme, Beyoncé decided to stay true to herself and her roots. Throughout her performance, Beyoncé paid homage to Black traditions and legends. She gave us an ode to Black Excellence and Black womanhood. She sang the Black National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” incorporated snippets of Malcolm X’s famous speech, gave us a little Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and graciously offered us a bit of Nina Simone’s iconic song “Strange Fruit.” Her band gave us major HBCU vibes and pride the whole night, thus giving the world a sweet taste of the energy and talent that HBCUs have. Last but not least, she brought two of the people that she started her career with – Kelly and Michelle so that they could experience this magical moment together.

4) She inspired us to never be complacent and always strive for more

Throughout her career, Beyoncé has accomplished many goals, taken home so many trophies and awards, and has continued to set the bar for other artists. Last night, she proved that even after 20 years of being in the game, she is not finished yet and will continue to accomplish more. Her performance last night made Beyoncé the first Black woman to headline Coachella. In addition, bringing Destiny’s Child out on stage set another record, making them the first girlgroup to perform at Coachella. If that’s not impressive enough, Bey set the highest live streaming record EVER. #goalsAF

Last night Beyoncé showed us to never be complacent with the current accolades we have, and to always remember that God has even more blessings in store for us. She reminded us to always show up and give our best, even when others may think we have already accomplished and done enough. Beyoncé is truly in a league of her own and runs on her own race, and she inspires us to do the same.

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