Beyoncé Has Some Sage Advice For Becoming Beyoncé

Last week, we were blessed with the release of Ivy Park, Beyoncé’s athleisure line, the rumor of a new album that didn’t land when half the internet and myself thought it would and her visage on the cover of Elle, revealed after a protracted countdown conducted on Elle’s Instagram account. This week, we have some snippets of Beyoncé’s first interview in what feels like forever and with it, some sage advice for young Yoncés and regular humans everywhere.

The best advice — the advice that we could all take to heart — is about perfectionism and specifically how we should all stop trying to attain it. Curious words coming from a woman who many believe is actually the living, breathing embodiment of the term, but I think if your fave is telling you to relax, it’s probably okay to hear her out.

“It’s really about changing the conversation,” Beyonce says. “It’s not about perfection. It’s about purpose. We have to care about our bodies and what we put in them. Women have to take the time to focus on our mental health—take time for self, for the spiritual, without feeling guilty or selfish. The world will see you the way you see you, and treat you the way you treat yourself.”

What some might read as jiggly self-improvement speak is actually just a great way of looking at your life, taking stock of the things in it and making the changes you need to make to bring the shiny, new, improved you to the forefront. Imagine for a moment being the you that you see in your head — the good one, the shiny one, the one with their house in order and a solid daily squat routine that does not impinge on your other daily ritual of eating a Kit-Kat while watching YouTube before bed. Imagine all the steps you have to take to be that person. Are any of them out of your reach? Are any of them that hard to achieve? Not if you put your mind to it, puppy.

Channel Beyoncé however you see fit. Take care of yourself! Drink some water. Do a sit up. Watch TV until you fall asleep with your glasses on and the lights blazing. Do what you need to do to achieve your purpose. Yoncé taught you.