Maybe many of you heard the common phrase, “I’m doin’ me.” It became more popularized with the single “Over” by rapper Drake.
The lyrics read:
What am I doin’? What am I doin’?
Oh, yeah, that’s right, I’m doin’ me
I’m doin me
I’m livin’ life right now, mayne
Many of you probably saw this on your Facebook newsfeed as someone’s status. The majority of people saying this phrase mean it as, “It’s all about me, me, and only me.” Or the ever popular “I don’t care what you think, it’s my life.”I am not ridiculing Drake’s music at all, he’s talented. I am however, disappointed in the context to which teens are using the phrase, “I’m doin’ me.”
Remember you are going to always need someone. We all need somebody to lean on. According to national speaker Les Brown, asking someone for help doesn’t mean you are weak, it just means you want to remain strong. That is so powerful, many great men and women have fallen because they omitted to seek help. Don’t be doin’ you so much that you refuse to ask for help. That one help seeking phone call could have saved your life.
Of course, it’s your life and sometimes you shouldn’t care what people think-when what you are doing is right. However usually people use that phrase in a negative context. Your decisions have an influence on others. Someone, somewhere is watching you. Someone admires everything you do, and will leap at any opportunity there is to do something that you did. Don’t let them down. Don’t live unto yourself to the point where you influence others in a negative way. Living unto yourself is selfish and inconsiderate. When people live unto themselves, they sometimes lack proper judgement and their hearing is impaired. Not literally but mentally, they are not mindful of others around them. Life is to precious to live unto yourself.
Please don’t get offended, just get the point. Pride cometh before a fall. So use I’m doin’ me in a positive connotation. Use it to mean “I’m going to reach my goals and no one is going to stop me.” Or, “I’m going to help this person who was just humilated.” The old doin’ me would have ignored them and said “That ain’t my business.” Do you by making a positive impact somewhere.
I’m doin’ me is fine, when doin’ you is having a positive effect on your generation. So the next time, you say “I’m doin’ me,” think of how you’re using it. ©