Hey Good People,
As I was people watching on FB, I found this great GEM on a friend’s page. (Thanks Amina!) It is video of Lauryn Hill speaking at the Academy of Achievement in 2000. When I watched this video, it confirms why I and so many others loved her at that time. In this video she is vibrant, bright, fresh and so hopeful which is so different to today’s Lauryn Hill (and most artists for that fact). She also represented so many things…intellect, female empowerment, spirituality, black beauty, creativity, and so much more. She also represented the promise of youth. The hope, fearlessness, innocence and optimism we all have had about the future. On a side note, it made me think about how can you guard your spirit so that you don’t lose your fire, your passion. Life is going to happen. So how do you deal with it so it doesn’t make you bitter, jaded, distant or cynical? Instead, life makes you wiser, stronger and better.
We will probably never know the inside story of Lauryn Hill. And that’s fine. Everyone has a right to privacy. And I only can imagine how difficult it is to go through growing pains under a microscope. Lauryn however did what see thought was in the best interests of her children, her marriage and for herself. She sings in “To Zion” about the pressure to choose between her career and having a child. This is real for so many women. Instead of pouring into us, she decided to pour into her family. And you have to respect that. Maybe many of our families would be stronger if we made the choice to put them first instead of the job, the money, etc. Instead, we pouted and complained that she was leaving us for her family. *smh*
Now being a fan, I understood how hard it was to let go (some folks still haven’t!) because we saw authentic and unassuming GREATNESS in her. Which is why it is even harder for us to see recent sub par performances and lack of professionalism. However, if Lauryn ever makes a full comeback with strong vocals and a tight stage performance, I will be the first in line to purchase a ticket. I believe in redemption. In the meantime, remember we witnessed greatness. Let’s cherish that experience and draw inspiration from it. She changed the world for the little while that we had her. So for that I am grateful.
Happy Monday! 🙂