When we made the momentous decision to reinstate cable last year, I felt like a kid in the world’s biggest candy store, that also happened to be in a foreign country.
I was overwhelmed, to say the least. We’d gone years with just a dozen channels, and now, we had options to fill our every waking moment. Mostly with reality shows depicting the strangest subcultures of society.
I could barely master the use of all the remote controls involved, and had no idea what half the programs on the guide were.
Honey Boo Boo. Dance Moms. Breaking Amish. My Strange Addiction. Hoarders. Teen Mom. Swamp People.
Is this even TV, or just a live feed into every parents worst nightmare?
Anyway. I was cautious to get too sucked in, too addicted (because that, in itself, is probably a reality TV show), but I’ve found myself hooked on a few different shows, proving once again that inspiration comes in unexpected places.
To accurately explain this I’ll confess that I love Oprah’s Master Class. I do. And while I had the highest hopes for Tom Brokaw’s interview, I was more impressed with the episode featuring Jay-Z.
Candid, raw and real, Jay-Z charts his unlikely rise from the hard-knock life of the Brooklyn projects to worldwide superstardom and what he’s learned along the way. He reflects on his failures, the healing power of hip-hop and how he finally made peace with his father before he passed away. Plus, Jay-Z shares his personal revelations about integrity and why knowing your own truth is the foundation for everything great.
Of course I like Jay-Z’s music. I grew up during his rise to fame and spent hours listening to him on my discman (in the prehistoric world before iTunes). Plus, he’s married to BEYONCE, the only man to successfully like it and put a ring on it.
I never thought I’d be thanking him for reminding me to seek out beauty in the unexpected, that’s for sure. But the fact that his words were so meaningful is a perfect example of the way inspiration can take us by surprise.