As gifts unwrapped, Christmas became a wrap. Next, we approached a new year and plot on how 2017 will be â€śthe year.â€ť Of course, optimism is only one component to making shit happen. Thereâ€™s the almighty persistence, effort, and the follow through. We must remember to follow through on everything. An old Chinese proverb said â€śthe faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory.â€ť For many of us, speaking it into existence is all fine and dandy, but writing it down becomes the extension for the existenceâ€Šâ€”â€Šthat you mindfully bring to life. Extirpating what draws us away is essential. Distractions must not seep through the seal that weâ€™ve created in order to achieve goals for this new year.
We all see it. Maybe even do it. We declare the impending year as the year we change everything; eating habits, financial balance, family time, etc. Time and time again Iâ€™ve seen goals succumb to improper planning, lack of focus and motivation, plus futile conversation. If this does not apply to you, then donâ€™t imply that Iâ€™m personally typing in your direction. Yet, repeatedly, the thought of putting a goal out to the worldâ€™s propelled vicinity does not sit well with me.
Denuding distractions and eluding his mind of idleness is Nipsey Hussleâ€Šâ€”â€ŠAfrican-American-Eritrean entrepreneur who swerves in and out of his own lane. Undeniably, Nipseyâ€™s integration of both street life and motivation has never been absent. Itâ€™s safe to title him as one of the most thoroughbred artist in the industry. His business-minded aura provides an abundance of insight and wisdom. Through everything heâ€™s conveyed in his music, Iâ€™ve put emphasis on his single, â€śOcean Views.â€ť Preceding the arrival of summer, Nipseyâ€™s marathon of releasing songs every Monday carried on, with â€śOcean Views.â€ť
The tranquility released through the lyrics and the DJ Khalil and Mike & Keys-produced beat, may be the most zoned and relaxed Nipsey track Iâ€™ve ever heard. Despite the quiet character of the song, thereâ€™s still motivation and a blueprint set into the lyrics. What heâ€™s saying isnâ€™t deadstock and people have used it. However, sometimes it takes a certain person to convey a message for people to listen. Me, I listened. I took his lyrics and applied them to my own living. Iâ€™m unsure how much change my peers can see in my approach to life, but I have a combative mindset to how I approach certain transitions.
The song depicts Nipseyâ€™s hustle to reach a certain apex, staying focused and ridding distractions and how the goal is to get to these ocean views. My vision of ocean viewsÂ differs from Nipseyâ€™s, but the water treaded to allow the high tide to sweep us beneath our feet symmetrically link.
Old friends like what have you been on
Shit, Iâ€™ve been on my grind
I ainâ€™t usually home, focused, I ainâ€™t using phones
Lately Iâ€™ve been using song to get my point across
Iâ€™ve done just that. Starving my social life (when needed) and honing in on a craft. Thatâ€™s not to say your social life must come to a complete stop, but, keep priorites at the top of the tier. What you write down should become the cynosure of your year. Make this year and every day after it worth the push.