Well you guys he’s done it yet again! Kendrick Lamar released a single titled, “Humble” in which he disrupts certain ideals that society pressures us to have. The track hones in on personal growth, beauty standards, staying real in a fake world, and most of all, being humble. So first off, let me clarify some things; being humble isn’t about dismissing or hiding your accomplishments. It’s about recognizing those accomplishments, but doing so in a modest way. So, for those who might need a little help on this subject, here’s Kendrick Lamar’s guide to being humble:
“Ayy, I remember syrup sandwiches and crime allowances”
Right out the gate Kendrick Lamar reminds fans of his humble beginnings, which brings me into the first point. Remember where you came from. So often, as college students especially, we try to conform to fit in on our campuses. We end up leaving our past behind to try to revamp ourselves. And I’m not saying that starting over is a negative thing. But I am saying that when you do decide to start over or venture into a new life; remember your values. Don’t conform to what society says you should be. Stand out on your campus!
“I’m so fuckin’ sick and tired of the Photoshop Show me somethin’ natural like afro on Richard Pryor, Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks”
Okay can I just say, shout out to Kendrick Lamar for tackling beauty standards! (insert prayer hands here.) But really, we now live in a society that looks to other’s and social media as a blueprint on how one should look, or live their lives. Start being real. We live in such a fake world that it’s hard to remember who you are and more importantly, why you should never change for anyone other than yourself. Social media isn’t real my friends. When you see that girl or boy constantly happy, or looking perfect 24/7, that isn’t real. People put out what they want others to see. There’s no such thing as perfection. Thus, don’t look to social media as a guide on how you should live your life.
“I don’t fabricate it, ayy, most of y’all be fakin’, ayy
I stay modest ’bout it, ayy, she elaborate it, ayy
This that Grey Poupon, that Evian, that TED Talk, ayy
Watch my soul speak, you let the meds talk, ayy”
Being modest isn’t easy. A lot of people assume that modesty is underestimating their achievements, but that is not the case. Modesty comes from within, and comes down to being aware of one’s qualities. You must know and realize how great you are at doing something but avoid letting it consume you. Because no one wants to be around someone that’s always fabricating stories to make themselves look better than others. We all know that one person that’s constantly boasting about their achievements…Don’t be that person. Let your work, speak for itself.
“(Hol’ up, hol’ up, hol’ up, hol’ up) be humble”
Hum-ble; having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance.
Being humble is a hard task. But here are some quick tips to being, and staying humble in the society we live in today:
* Start appreciating other’s achievements
* Compliment others
* Continue to learn (no one is an expert at anything)
* Listen to others
* Remain amenable
Bailey Synclaire is a vibrant college student studying journalism at the University of Missouri Columbia. Born and raised in St.Louis MO, she’s passionate about journalism, pop-culture, Instagram, family, and most importantly, the St.Louis Cardinals. With only one year of college under her belt she’s looking forward to the future.