Has a song ever touched your soul?
I love music by Lil’ Wayne! Yet, there is one song in particular that does more than just make me want to dance.
I absolutely love Lil’ Wayne’s song “How To Love” more than any other song by this creative artist. Below I share how this musical genius spoke to me.
All lyric excerpts are from “How To Love” by Lil’ Wayne. I do not own the rights to any of the lyrics (identified by quotation marks).
“You had a lot of crooks tryna steal your heart. Never really had luck, couldn’t ever figure out how to love, how to love.”
People come and people go. Somehow crooks are good predators, and I’ve found myself as prey before. A naïve and inexperienced girl who had no clue what love was, what love looked like, or how love behaved. Seeking love in all the wrong ways lead to self-destruction and many tearful nights. The world saw a girl flirting, but my mirror saw the girl searching for the affection and worth that she never received in her childhood.
“You had a lot of moments that didn’t last forever. Now you’re in a corner tryna put it together – how to love, how to love.”
People come and people go. Words and actions bring temporary happiness that is invigorating for a moment; however, it quickly vanishes just as swiftly as it came. Once the temporary circumstances ended and the people returned to their own residences, I would retreat to my dark and lonely room. In my solace, I often felt confusion and emptiness. The world saw a smile, but my mirror saw the tears and scars.
” …It’s hard not to stare, the way you moving your body like you never had a love, never had a love.”
People come and people go. Speaking and acting were ways to draw attention to fill a void. A good crook knows the moves and mannerisms of someone whose view of love is limit, and this means their hold and power will had a greater effect. The world saw a girl stressed over a long-term boyfriend, but my mirror saw a bruised heart who was fearful to leave.
” …[you’re] so fly it’s like a blessing. You can’t have a man look at you for five seconds without you being insecure.”
People come and people go. They give compliments, and I shun away. It’s hard to accept the generosity of others when you’re so harsh on yourself. An insecure person is often harsh and self-critical. The world saw a beautiful and intelligent woman, but my mirror saw the negative conversations I had with myself.
” …Oh, you had a lot of dreams that transformed to visions. The fact that you saw the world affected all your decisions, but it wasn’t your fault [and] wasn’t in your intentions to be the one here talking to me [or to] be the one listening.”
People come and people go. People come and people go, but the scars remain. Some people leave scars before they exit the story and other scars are a result of the exit. Past experiences often impact how we view present circumstances. For me, early childhood experiences greatly affected the path that I chose in life. The world saw an ambitious woman with many dreams, but my mirror saw a woman trying to prove to herself and others that her trauma would not define her and her past would not limit her.
“See I just want you to know that you deserve the best! You’re beautiful! You’re beautiful! Yeah. And I want you to know, you’re far from the usual, far from the usual.”
People come and people go. No one can change another person’s character; however, we can set boundaries on how we allow others to treat us. People will talk about our mistakes and remain focused on our old ways, but the blood of Jesus cleanses us. “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT). I am still beautiful, lovable, and worthy despite my ugly past, and so are you! He created me as the unique person that I am, and He decided that I would add value to this world. Regardless of the past mistakes during the search for love, we are beautiful because our Heavenly Father deemed so! The world sees a woman determined to heal and progress, and now my mirror sees the same!
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