When I first heard that Jay Z said that he didn't care if his latest album was a flop or not -- he just wanted daughter Blue Ivy to like it -- I rolled my eyes so hard that they pretty much got stuck. But when I actually read the Vanity Fair interview with Mr. Z, I've gotta say: I buy what he's selling. This dude doesn't seem to be lying.
"She's my biggest fan. Even if no one else bought Magna Carta, the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy. And that's not like a cliché. I'm really serious. Just to see her -- 'Daddy song, more, Daddy.' She's genuine, she's honest, because she doesn't know it makes me happy. She just wants to hear it." Commence heart-melting and ovary-aching riiiiight ... now.
I don't have experience selling multi-platinum albums or breaking tour sales records, but I do know that, regardless of what I do in my life, the thing that brings me the honest-to-goodness greatest joy is seeing how much my daughter loves me. And I don't think that changes for parents, regardless of how important their job is or what their position of power may be.
I could have the best day in the world at work. Killed it. Got praised left and right for something I did. And while, of course, it feels good, it doesn't hold a candle to seeing my daughter's face light up when I walk into the room. At this point in my life, I can truly say that nothing feels better than making my daughter crack up with a silly voice or having her run to me, full-speed, and throw her arms around me when I get home from work, yelling, "Mama!"
Of course we don't stop fully being the people we used to be once we have children, but what becoming a parent does is add perspective to life. It shifts our priorities and changes what's most important to us. And I think even rap god Jay Z would attest to that. Though I do think it would bother him a little if no one bought Magna Carta.
How have your priorities changed since becoming a parent?
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