So this past week has been a busy one!! Between work, family, and church, I'd began to feel extremely overwhelmed, so I was happy that this trip was coming up.
I was going to Philly!!
To see the Queen!!
Now if you know me, then you know that I've been a Beyoncé fan for a long time. I think she's amazing, so when she announced her Formation tour, I was determined to go.
Now I could bore you will every little detail of my trip, but I won't lol. Instead, I'm going to give you 8 things I learned/ was reminded of on this trip:
1. Breaking my box/bubble is critical for my growth.
A few years ago, I would have never gone on this trip, especially with who I went with. Not because they aren't bomb women (because they are), but because they weren't in "my circle". They aren't women I speak to everyday and I only see them in one designated space, so it would have never crossed my mind to go anywhere with them, but I'm so glad I did!! They were able to give me new points of view and the dynamic between the three of us was awesome!!
2. I remembered how much I love to laugh and be silly, but also share things about myself.
So new dynamics bring a different kind of freedom because there aren't any expectations, so I felt free to be completely myself. I can be serious, goofy, quirky, and sometimes I can be a dork lol, but that didn't phase them because so are they!! I was able to peel back a few of the layers that makes up the complicated being that I am and they made me feel safe doing so. That was dope.
3. It okay to take time for yourself.
I give this advice all the time, but it's extremely hard for me to take it. There's apart of me that feels like I have to always be available, but that's not good for me. Sometimes I need space to process and decompress and this trip taught me that it's not a selfish thing, but a healthy and necessary thing.
4. Outside is my happy place.
When I'm home, the only time I'm going outside is to get into my car to go to either work, church, or home. It's become my routine to the point that when walking to certain places first came up, on the inside I was like🙄 lol. I was not trying to do all that, but I'm glad I wasn't a party pooper because I had forgotten how much I love outside!!!
The fresh air.
The sun shining.
The smell of the grass.
The energy of the people on the street.
I loved walking from place to place and being able to fully take in the moment as opposed to just flying by in my car. I gotta start being outside more.
5. The Liberty Bell wasn't for me.
Not until we went to Philly had I ever given the Liberty Bell or the historic relevance of the city much thought. I knew what the bell was, but it was never a monument that I was dying to see, but we're here, so why not?
Going to this place and reading some of the history of slavery sent through a wave of emotions from anger, to disgust, to sadness. Sadness because when this country's Forefathers spoke of independence and freedom, they weren't talking about people that looked like me....
And when the women marched and boycotted for equal voting rights, they weren't doing that for women that looked like me...
We've always been an afterthought and viewed as less than in this country, but I appreciate those reminders because they push me to continue to be great and unapologetically black. Too many people have faught, died, prayed, and risked their lives for me not to be.
S/B- it was so dope to be with women who got it. We were able to talk about Willie Lynch and the psychological effects it's had over the centuries on the black community (the type of conversations I live for).
6. The Philly Cheese Steak
So of course when you're in Rome, you must do like the Romans, so our first night we went to Ishkabibbles for Philly Cheese Steaks....
And I loved it!!! My chicken Philly was so good!!
I even learned how to order it like a native lol.
7. The end of perfection isn't the end of the world.
So our concert almost didn't happen!! The morning of, the weatherman predicted thunderstorms later that day. I wasn't too worried until I remembered that the venue was a stadium, but I was still hoping for the best. As we were getting ready, we saw the storm clouds start to roll in, so before heading to the venue, we stopped at Walmart and picked up some rain jackets. As we drove to the stadium, it proceeded to pour down. You could barely see in front of you and I got nervous. Luckily by the time we got there it had let up a little, so we were only walking in a light rain shower.
As we were walking I felt a snap. Why did my sandal just break?!?! Really?!?! Right now?! I felt myself go into a slight panic, but then I stopped, took a deep breath, and looked down. Even though the show had broken, the way it was made, it was manageable for the time being, so I kept walking towards the stadium. I was not about to let a little rain and a broke sandal keep me from what I came to do, which was get my edges snatched by Beyoncé.
Looking back, I'm glad it happened like that. The rain helped with my never-ending lesson on patience and the sandal showed me that if I want something to go a certain way bad enough, I will do what I have to do to get it done, which encouraged me to keep pushing myself beyond my self inflicted boundaries.
(Good stuff. Look at me. Catching the lessons lol)
8. Beyoncé reminded all of us why she's the queen 🐝🐝
So I'm not going to post concert footage because girl who has time for those problems, but girl!!!!
If you like music,
If you like dancing,
If you like innovation,
If you like shows that make you feel something, if you like supporting a regular girl who made it,
then you need to see Beyoncé in concert. The way she interacts with her audience is amazing. She makes you feel like y'all are homegirls just kicking it. She makes it a point to speak life into her fans and I appreciate that. She's the epitome of an artist and I am so happy to be able to say I've seen her live!! If you can catch Formation on tour, I would definitely recommend buying a ticket. If for nothing else, her performances of Freedom and All Night (two if my favorites off the album) is worth it!!
S/B- I loved how everyone was hype until she said that God is always with us and we have to trust Him lol.
Overall, I had a really good time!! I had good company, enjoyed good food, and experienced a good show. This trip showed me that I have to get out of Cleveland more often. There is so much more world to see and I want to see as much as possible. I encourage you to do the same.😊