Like many others, this past Thursday I was stunned to find out that another one of musics legends had left us way too soon. The icon, the symbol, the Prince.
I was at work. I had just happened to pull up the news as I ate my lunch, and it was there in big letters, PRINCE DEAD AT THE AGE OF 57, there with his photo.
I googled it cause I just didn’t believe it. I found a few articles that sounded like they weren’t sure and then I checked CNN which just said that a body had been discovered. And to me, that didn’t mean it was HIS body though. So I still didn’t believe. Until twenty minutes later when CNN updated their story.
It was in fact true. Prince was gone.
As I scrolled through FB and reading everyone’s statuses my one friends status read:
I hit the love button (cause you know Facebook gives us options now) and thought “you know she’s right “.
But as the day continued and night fell and buildings then illuminated in purple paying homage to his classic hit “Purple Rain”; timelines were full of articles, memes and stories just reminiscing on his craft his artistry and his overall dopeness.
Even if you were not a fan, you knew that dude was DOPE!
This dude was 5’2, wore heels and tight pants, his face was beat to the GAWDS and yet still he could get your girls eye. He was self taught in his craft. He didn’t have lessons and training, he had a fire within and he let it burned and fuel him.
That is passion my friends.
I couldn’t go to sleep from reading my social media timelines and watching clips, and reading memories.
These posts were from people of all backgrounds and places.
This one man had united a whole group of people who can’t agree on politics, principles or what’s healthy and what’s not. He united them to the point that all those other things stood at a stand still for reflection and respect being paid to him.
Prince did that!
Even if you were not a fan, you knew that dude was DOPE! #RIHPrince Click To Tweet
I watched good morning America Friday and the one host said, “as I sat and reflected on how young he was it made me realize just how young he was when he created all of those classic, timeless songs.”
At that moment I realized, sitting there watching interview clips, listening to his songs, in awe of his wardrobe choices and how well he pulled them off, that while I wasn’t a huge fan of his music all these years I was a fan of who he was as a person, his individuality and unwillingness to compromise who he was to be who people wanted him to be, but yet they still loved him!!
I loved that he picked and chose what of his private life he shared and that he was such an enigma.
You see this man didn’t set out to unite the world (although maybe he did and I just don’t know it) but he created music that was true to who he was and did what he loved to do (passion) and while doing so, he United people across racial boundaries, political lines, and even class lines – the hippies and the elite felt something for Prince passing (Purpose).
My point is this. Purpose is a hot buzzword right now, and everyone is “searching for their purpose” “finding who they are” and all that jazz. When really if you live the life that God has called you to, your most authentic life possible, devoid of following the trends, and doing what is hot and finding your true identity that is like no one else’s, you will leave here having filled your purpose.
My friend texted me when she got home from work and said “Ok why am I sitting in the basement playing Purple Rain on CASSETTE? And crying. I guess I have issues… #shook“.
She never met Prince, she never talked to Prince, but yet she, like so many others felt touched by his life. That is purpose.
Live an authentic life, one you can be proud of. Stop airing your dirty laundry (and other peoples to) on social media and just deal with your issues (cause we all have them) and commit to continue to grow in every stage of life and you will be one step closer to fulfilling your purpose Every.Single.Day.
I wish everyday could be like April 21st was in that we all stand united and not focusing on our differences but embracing our commonalities.
Live an authentic life, one you can be proud of... #RIPPrince Click To Tweet
He was a baaaaaaaad brother as my fellow blogger friend Dara over at Truly Tafakari put it:
Be like Prince and be passionately you, right into your purpose.
May he forever rest in perfect peace.