Who knew Chance the Rapper's #BeEncouragedTour was going to be the boost I needed to get me through the rest of this week. I've always loved Chance's music, but after the concert I have a greater appreciation for his artistry. Chance's music is for the person that does both and everything in between. On any day you can catch me listening to Kirk Franklin one moment, Babyface the next and then Lil Kim ("No Time" is a CLASSIC). Chance echoed the sentiment of doing both with Coloring Book.
The #BeEncouragedTour was my first time seeing Chance in concert. After hearing most of my friends saying how much they loved his concert, my anticipation was through the roof. I wasn't at all disappointed - after seeing him I was in AWE.
The #BeEncouragedTour wasn't just about singing along and making cute Snaps & Instastories (which I did my fair share of :) ), it was about something so much bigger. I honestly felt at home during the concert. And in my opinion, the name of the show fit PERFECTLY. It was so inspiring and I left feeling both blessed and encouraged to keep pressing on. Of course there were lit moments, especially when he performed Favorite Song and No Problems.
While watching Chance I thought about how he changed the course of his life by going after what he really wanted all while staying true to who he is. Seeing the projection of his high energy, personality and work ethic on stage was truly amazing. From watching him, it just re-emphasized how important it is to project WHO you are into WHAT you do. While performing it was very obvious that Chance is a super motivating and genuinely supportive person.
"Tap into your strength, we're all blessed to be strong people in our own way and strong people do strong things." Chance said this at least three times during his performances of Blessings and it really resonated with me. Sometimes we look for very specific blessings without realizing that we could be overlooking something we are already blessed with such as strength. The strength to be secure in ourselves or the strength to work hard while we are awaiting for something we may have prayed for is indeed a BLESSING.
By definition, encouragement is the act of giving someone support, hope or confidence. The act of trying to stimulate the development of an activity, state, or belief. Chance managed to do just that.
During Blessings the lyric "You must've missed the come-up, I must be all I can be. Call Me Mister Mufasa, I had to master stampedes," really hit me in a way it didn't before. For me this concert illuminated many things I conquered and how blessed I am during this time of transition in my life. I've been through some crazy things over the course of the past year, but I mastered the storms and grew to be a better me. The storms I faced allowed me to truly discover more about myself. The beauty of music is that it can allow us to explore things we may not have thought about otherwise.
When I saw Chance, it was easy to see that he was happy, thankful and just excited to truly be who he is while doing what he loves. He’s having fun but he loves the work he is blessed to do. Chance is a guy who had a dream and did the work to bring it into fruition. This inspired me to continue putting the work in to accomplish my dreams. Anything I want to do is attainable if I put in the proper effort to bring it to pass while keeping a positive attitude. Storms will come but learning to master them is one of the keys to success.
So the question is are you really ready for your blessing? Are you ready to tap into your inner strength to achieve your dreams? The time is now to do it. Be encouraged.
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