Lesson No. 1: Work B**ch
That’s right, Britney Spears is back, and she’s here to remind us that anything we want in life, we’ve got to work for it. It’s not enough to just want it badly enough — you need to put in the man hours, the blood, tears and sweat, to get to where you want to be. I think we’re living in a time of instant gratification and wanting things to just land in our laps. But our work ethic? I think it’s suffering. When I heard this song for the first time last week, I thought, “I need to get my ass in gear!” B**ch.
You want a hot body? You want a Bugatti?
You want a Maserati? You better work b**ch
Lesson No. 2: Women can, and do, do it all.
I keep thinking about the women out there who find the time to do so much — they raise children, find time each day to work out, give back to their community and hold down a 9 to 5. It’s amazing. Sometimes I think we doubt that we can do enough for our families, and still have time for ourselves, but there are thousands of examples out there to look up to.
To other men that respect what I do
Please accept my shine
Boy I know you love it
How we’re smart enough to make these millions
Strong enough to bear the children
Then get back to business
Lesson No. 3: Just because you’re searching, doesn’t mean you’re lost.
I’ve posted this song on this blog before, and I just can’t get enough. I love this line:
All this time I was finding myself
And I didn’t know I was lost
It just resonates with me so much. As we grow up, especially in our 20s, we’re taught that it’s OK to be a little “lost,” and that we need to “find ourselves.” But why does that period have to be an in-between time? Why can’t the time when we’re finding out who we are just be a part of who we are? I’m not sure I’ve “found myself” yet, or I ever will, because for me, I think it’s kind of an endless journey. But that doesn’t mean I’m lost! In fact, I think embracing that journey and working at it continuously makes me feel like I’m found.
Lesson No. 4: Love is a partnership, a reflection.
What I mean by this is, the best relationships are those that support one another’s goals, those that encourage one another. Sometimes it may be the man who holds up the woman, and sometimes vice versa. But you are two halves of one whole that works together to create the life — the reflection — that you are building together.
Aren’t you somethin’ to admire?
‘Cause your shine is somethin’ like a mirror
And I can’t help but notice
You reflect in this heart of mine
If you ever feel alone and
The glare makes me hard to find
Just know that I’m always
Parallel on the other side
Lesson No. 5: You ARE amazing, just the way you are.
We’re all guilty of tearing ourselves down. We focus on the cottage cheese on our thighs, or the flabbiness of our arms and we don’t see all the good things we have going. It’s time to appreciate who we are, inside and out, and let that shine to the rest of the world.
When I compliment her she won’t believe me
And it’s so, it’s so
Sad to think that she don’t see what I see