Beyonce’s HBO documentary Life is But a Dream was pretty dreamy. The pop phenom took her audience into her life in a way she never has before, showing off her sweet relationship with Jay-Z, her difficult but profound relationship with her father, her heartbreaking miscarriage, and the triumphant joy of motherhood.
She shares her struggles with finding the balance between work and having a personal life, or just a life that you have a moment to enjoy and savor.
“I remember running as hard as I could and my dad knew that I needed his approval, and I think my father wouldn’t give it to be because he kept pushing me, and kept pushing me, and kept pushing me. Every time my dad pushed me, I got better and stronger.”
“I’m still trying to learn that I don’t have to kill myself, to be so hard on myself, to be so critical. I can smell the roses. I don’t want to never be satisfied. I don’t think that’s a healthy way to live.”
“I’m feeling very empty because of my relationship with my dad. And I’m so fragile at this point and I feel like my soul has been tarnished.”
“Life is unpredictable but I feel like I had to move on, and not work with my dad. And I don’t care if I don’t sell one record. It’s bigger than the record, it’s bigger than my career.”
“I needed boundaries, and I think my dad needed boundaries . . . I needed a break. I needed my dad.”
“The best thing is looking back and realizing how incredible life is. If you don’t take the time to think about & analyze your life you’ll never realize all the dots that are all connected.”
“People don’t make albums anymore. They just try to sell a bunch of really quick singles. . . . People don’t even listen to a body of work anymore.”
“It really pisses me off that women don’t get the same opportunities that men do, or the money for that matter. Because, let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives me the power to define our values and what we think is sexy, and feminine. And that’s bullshIt because at the end of the day it’s not about equal rights, its about the way we think. We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves.”
“Stop pretending that I have it all together, and if I’m scared, be scared. Allow it. Release it. Move on.”
“There’s no drum-roll or trumpet that goes off when you make the biggest decisions of your life. Sometimes you don’t know that you made em.”
“Right now I’m hot. It’s a tingling. It’s love. I feel it when I look at my child. I feel it when I look at my husband. It’s God.”