Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From… Beyoncé

Beyoncé in the music video for XO (Image Credit: Columbia Records)
Beyoncé in the music video for XO (Image Credit: Columbia Records)

From as early as I can remember, Beyoncé has been gracing my speakers with her powerful ballads and empowering lyrics. Not only has she taught me the meaning of bootylicious, but I’ve also taken away some vital life lessons from her songs. These are just some of the lyrics that will always stick with me.

“If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it”

No guy is worth your time if he can’t appreciate what’s in front of him. If he doesn’t want to commit, then someone better will. Or just put your hands up and have fun being a single lady.

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“I walk like this ‘cause I can back it up”

If you’ve got it, flaunt it.

Flaunt It

“We wake up, flawless”

So I can’t say I feel as flawless as my girl Beyoncé probably does when she rolls out of bed in the morning, but nonetheless, we need to embrace our natural beauty (even if this comes with some under-eye baggage).

flawless

“I depend on me”

Life might look easy for people who don’t have to work a day in their lives and still get everything under the sun, but wouldn’t you rather be an independent woman? Forget relying on someone else for the things you want. Get out there and earn them yourself.

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“A diva is a female version of a hustler”

I’m not totally sure what I learn from this, but I think the general message is a feminist one: women can work it just as well as any guy can.

diva

“Who run the world? Girls”

Must I explain?

world

“If no one is around you, say baby I love you if you ain’t runnin’ game”

If your significant other is acting distant towards you when you’re not together, there may or may not be something fishy going on. Nobody wants a cheater, so I suggest looking into that.

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“I can have another you in a minute”

That cheater? He’s replaceable. Don’t think or let anyone else think that someone better won’t come along, because they will. In fact, he’ll be here in a minute.

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“You thought that I would die without you, but I’m living”

Breakups typically feel like the worst thing in the world. Although you might think you’ll die without that other person, I promise that you will get through it. Keep on surviving.

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Beyoncé is and forever will be a role model of mine. She’s a talented artist, a feminist and oh so fabulous. All hail Queen Bey.

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I was born and raised in New Jersey, but after attending the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, has become my home away from home. I’ll take Netflix and my couch over a night out every time, and I’m very happy to spend my (increasingly rarer) spare moments reading and writing.

One thought on “Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From… Beyoncé

  1. With song lyrics Beyonce does for you what Bob Dylan did for me many moons ago (that’s native american for ‘I’m an old guy’).
    ‘His clothes are dirty but his hands are clean and you’re the best thing that he’s ever seen.’ – – – ‘Whatever colors you have in your mind, I’ll show them to you and you’ll see them shine’ are a few of his lines that come to mind. Unlike Beyonce, a remarkable flair for fashion is not something you’d give Bob credit for, but he seems to have touched many lives with his songwriting. Even recently with Adele’s cover of Dylan’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’.

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