About twenty-six minutes into Kanye West’s short video-movie for Runaway, Kanye and the mythical phoenix are discussing her impending departure. He doesn’t want her to leave, but she must. That’s her nature. She represents rebirth or renewal and is fabled to live for centuries before she’s consumed by flames only to rise from the ashes.
If we live long enough, we will happen upon a time when the way that we live or think or spend or love will no longer benefit, nor satisfy, our being. For some, the frustration will culminate into disastrous behavior. For others, it will be an instinctive volcanic desire for change. Either way, in order to rise, we will have to eradicate some of the codes and conducts that defined us until that point.
It will be a difficult but necessary process.
There will be major upheaval. Things that were once absolute may become uncertain. Old wrongs may become new rights. We will leave some people, and some will leave us. Not because love no longer exists, but because our divergence may create incompatibility. But we must allow others to burn and revive, and we must demand the same allowance from them.
The phoenix tells Kanye that what she hates most about humans is that they always attempt to change or tear down anything that is different. “You rip the wing off the phoenix, and it turns to stone,” she says. Sadly, we do; and although we can attempt to rationalize why, can our reasons ever really justify causing broken spirits, deterred progress and mental, emotional or spiritual deaths?
When a cycle ends and it’s time to burn, let it happen. Do not hold yourself hostage to a past that restricts your ability to rise. Refrain from judging and condemning others. Stand firm on what is right for you, allow others the freedom to do the same, and soar boldly from the ashes.
Until next time, I wish you peace, happiness and liberation.
Very truly yours,