ELEMENT – Kendrick Lamar
July 19, 2018

Changes by Tupac ft Talent

In the spirit of leading a new positive life and moving forward to success, there has to be a particular inspiration to make changes. I believe the epitome of changes takes shape from the Tupac interlude in his song entitled “Changes”, released after his death. To celebrate what would be his 46th birthday,friends are releasing biopic “All EYES ON ME”. Because the release date is coming soon, it is only right to stress the importance of his interlude in “Changes” as a positive force in the need of change for the better in everyday life.

The interlude of “Changes” goes as follows:

We gotta make a change
It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes
Let’s change the way we eat
Let’s change the way we live
And let’s change the way we treat each other
You see the old way wasn’t workin’
So it’s on us to do what we gotta do to survive

Most of us get up everyday and focus on day to day goals such as paying bills, making meals for work, and getting professionally groomed to clock into work, but forget to take care of self. The interlude of “Changes” always stuck out to me because it seemed to be on a more serious note without Tupac stating those words. You know when there is a moment in time when you are with your friends talking, laughing or even joking around, and then one of you may have a serious moment that changes your tone to display the seriousness of the upcoming conversation. In the interlude, I treated his change of tone and voice as the message to listen closely to. I felt he was saying “yea, my lyrics and the melody are nice, but I really need you to listen to this.” With the message, I listened closely to what those words meant to life’s bigger picture. Life’s bigger picture would be the purpose of every individual on Earth. Yes, we may go about life interacting with other people, but I believe life’s interaction is only a preparation for what is yet to come. I also believe that the interaction whether positve or negative has a major influence on an individual’s thought process or the way they may proceed with changing.

Eitherway, change is bound to happen. In order for change to happen, Tupac is challenging us to embrace change to survive. Like I stated before, we all may be living in a systemic process where we are comfortably achieving day to day goals, but are we taking part in goals that are affecting the bigger picture? Is the old way working? Nineteen years ago, Tupac told us the old way was not. Yes, your bills are paid, your meals are made, and you are clocking in…but are you saving extra money for the bigger picture, are the meals you are making healthy enough for you to live productively, and are you willing to clock in forever?

With those questions I began to ponder his last statement “So it’s on us to do what we gotta do to survive”. I am a true believer that in order to conquer survival, there has to be a realization that if the the old way is not working, you may have to change something. That something could be as little as becoming more productive and proactive in your career growth. I challenge readers to determine what does it mean to you when he pauses in “Changes” to state his interlude. What does it mean to your attitude about your career path?

1 Comment

  1. Mary Hargrove says:

    I love what you are doing!!