Beyonce’s song, “I Was Here”
When I was in 9th grade, my father introduced me to the Momentum Education program for Teens. It is a leadership program that taught young people to take their place as leaders through goal setting. Like most teenagers, at the time, I thought it was a waste of my weekends, but as I worked through the program, I began to understand the importance of the tools that I received and still cherish to this day. This program also helped me understand the true meaning behind Beyonce’s song, “I Was Here.”
This song was played to remind us of our power, and although I was a Beyonce fan long before Momentum, I had never connected the importance of her words to all that I wanted to be, and all that Momentum was helping me to become. During our last F.I meet-up when we were asked to choose a song, this was the first one that came to my mind.
This song is about making an impact on the world by making your mark on those who love us. It’s about learning to not only live but to be alive indeed. Sometimes when I listen to this song, it is empowering because it reminds me that I am essential to so many people, and sometimes it makes me overwhelmed because there are so many people I don’t want to let down.
Beyonce makes a lot of music that inspires and uplifts, but this song expresses explicitly the need for each one of us to continually remind ourselves that our presence on this planet is valuable and should be regarded as such. Too many people are unaware of their worth. They go through life without goals or aspirations, and this song reminds us that we matter to the world and owe it to ourselves to keep trying to become the best version of ourselves.
She sings, “I was here. I lived. I loved. I was here. I did, I’ve done. Everything that I wanted, and it was more than I thought it would be. Her words are a reminder that life is short, and when I look back on my life, I want to be able to say these words. I want to have lived without regret and having done what I was set on this planet to do.