By now I’m sure the whole world knows of the sad passing of Prince Rogers Nelson, aka Prince. It came as a shock to the majority of us but I read that Prince himself may not have been as shocked. Apparently he was finally starting to pen his memoirs, something he’d been putting off. And unfortunately due to yesterday’s tragedy, that memoir isn’t finished. As often with death, Prince’s passing got me thinking about life and what I could learn from someone like Prince, and here are the 5 life lessons his legacy taught me.
- Life Should Be FULL – Die Empty
Prince was fortunate (depends on how view it) to know that something may have been brewing underneath the surface, as he was rushed to the hospital last Friday. Regardless of that fact, he spent the past almost 40 years doing what he loved. He used his God-given gift while he had the chance and died, as they say, empty. The songs were sung, the music produced, the instruments played, and the shows performed.
- Life Should Be CHANCED
As parents, we tell our kids to give it their all in school, in sports, in extra-curricular activities, etc. But do we? Have you given your passion-project, your dream and your secret aspirations your full effort? Have you given it a chance? Forget about all the excuses and 101 reasons why you can’t do it. What about that one reason you should?
- Life Should Be VALUED
You don’t know what tomorrow holds, and Christine has previously shared that it is possible to be a good parent and still pursue your dreams. Showing your children that YOU value your own life will teach them to value theirs. What is it we as parents often say? “Do as I say, not as I do.” Well guess what, they’re gonna do as you DO, it may be behind your back, but action has always, and always will speak louder than words.
- Life Should Be FUN
Prince’s death (& Michael’s back in 2009) hit home because they were both born in 1958, the same year my mom was born. I’ve witnessed the many years she sacrificed for me and my sisters, and immigrating from Uganda she had to start from scratch in her 20’s. It brings me joy that now when I call her, she’s always busy planning a vacation trip. Either back home to Uganda to visit family, or to explore the world with her girlfriends. She traveled to Israel last year, took a dip in the dead sea and covered her body in some kind of mud that’s supposedly amazing for your skin, among other explorations. It genuinely made me so happy to see my mom doing something I could never have pictured before, knowing that she’s finally living. Not to say she wasn’t before, but there’s no sense of duty attached to her travel. It’s for FUN.
- Life Should Be LIVED
So let this be the lesson for today, life is meant to be lived, and lived to the fullest. Don’t hold back, don’t hesitate, DO IT AFRAID. What’s the worst that could happen? You owe it not only to yourself, but to your kids, to show them that though there are things we all have to do that we may not like (i.e. chores, lol), there’s so much more to life that we not only can do, but should do.
As I’m getting ready to publish this, rumours of a possible drug overdose is circulating as a possible cause of death, though no official cause has been released. Regardless of the cause of death, Prince still died having given it is all.
What is the ONE thing in life you want to try but have been putting it off until the kids get older?