It’s been almost two weeks since Beyoncé dropped her sixth album, Lemonade. Always looking to evolve, Beyoncé hit us with a visual album, which debuted on HBO. While on the surface, the album delves into the singer’s personal life and marital struggles, if you sit back and unpack it, it is so much more than that. Yes, there was a clear and unapologetic black girl magic element to the visual album, but even more than that was the universal message of self-worth, which everyone should be able to relate to.
Throughout the album, Beyoncé takes us on a roller coaster ride of emotions from feeling like she’s not enough to break down to rebuilding her self to reclaiming and restoring her own self-worth. And whether it’s a romantic relationship, friendship, business partnership or our 9 to 5, we’ve probably all been in a situation where we’ve questioned our own self-worth and likely put up with a lot of bs because we didn’t realize our own worth.
Mine played out over the past eleven years at my former job. After finally realizing my own worth, I chose to walk away at the end of February 2016. And I haven’t looked back since. It hasn’t been an easy journey by any means, but it has definitely been worth it. Throughout the whole ordeal, I felt the same roller coaster of emotions – feeling like I wasn’t enough and could never do anything right, to breaking down, to doing a lot of self-evaluation trying to figure how I got to that place in the first place, to acknowledging and reclaiming my own worth and walking away from a bad situation I couldn’t fix.
Knowing your own worth is not only important, it’s liberating. When we don’t, we accept all sorts of bad behavior and toxic situations that we shouldn’t, simply because we don’t realize we deserve better. If and when we finally realize our own worth, it’s a very powerful position to be in – it either gives us the power to try to change our circumstances to something positive or to walk away if we can’t. But no longer are we willing to stay in that same place and accept anything less. That’s pretty powerful.
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