Advice for the Next Four Years from Kendrick Lamar

Advice for the Next Four Years from Kendrick Lamar

We gon' be alright.

Depending on your personal life situation, your political preferences, or your general sense of positivity or negativity, the next four years may be looking both bright and grim. In times like these, which are filled with a murky mixture of despair, hopefulness, fear, uncertainty, and excitement, it is important to have some guidance along the way.

Here are some Kendrick Lamar quotes that will help you through the next four years, no matter how life is looking for you right now.

“Build your own pyramids, write your own hieroglyphs.” ~ Section.80

As 2017 starts to gain full speed ahead, remember that now is a time for new beginnings, changes, and challenges in your life. Take life by the horns and test yourself. Push your limits, and create a path that is uniquely yours.

“The sky is falling, the wind is calling. Stand for something, or die in the morning.” ~ Section.80

There is plenty of political and social outrage in the country right now on both sides of the isle. Instead of complaining or stressing out, stand up for what you believe in if you want to make progress.

“We all get distracted, the question is, would you bounce back or bounce backwards?” ~ Overly Dedicated

I personally can’t get anything done without getting distracted, but that is because I am human. Our true ability to beat distraction depends on how we respond to it.

“But what love got to do with it when you don't love yourself?” ~ good kid, m.A.A.d city

Another important reminder, stay positive throughout the next four years! Appreciate the finer things in your life, and appreciate yourself. Know your strengths and love your favorite qualities. We must respect and love ourselves if we want to live in positivity.

“Look at me, look at me, I’m a loser, I’m a winner. I’m good, I’m bad, I’m a Christian, I’m a sinner. I’m humble, I’m loud, I’m righteous, I’m a killer. What I’m doing, I’m saying that I’m human.” ~ Section.80

We all have our problems. Well, maybe not problems as extreme as the ones that Kendrick talks about here, but don’t beat yourself up for your weaknesses. Accept them as you, because we all have weaknesses and make mistakes. Remember that they make you human.

“Dreams of reality’s peace, blow steam in the face of the beast. The sky could fall down, the wind could cry now. The strong in me, I still smile.” ~ To Pimp a Butterfly

When times get tough, be strong. You may face overwhelming obstacles that may seem impossible to overcome. Just stay strong, stay positive, and reach out to your closest for help if you need it. Above all, smile.

Most importantly, stick close to your friends. When things get crazy, just remember:

“We gon’ be alright.” ~ To Pimp a Butterfly

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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