Ari Lennox has taken a step in opening up and revealing a deeper side of herself once more, expressing her vulnerabilities to the world. And what she has had to say is sad but necessary.
I hate that I crave validation in every ounce of my life. It is truly a miserable existence. I hate that I wish I was cool. I’m embarrassing. I don’t know when I’ll ever start loving myself. I don’t know if it’s possible. I can’t even enjoy all that I’ve created for myself.
— Ari Lennox (@AriLennox) August 30, 2023
Challenges Connect Us All
Life is replete with challenges, and if there is anything that connects humanity, it is struggle and desire for connectivity. Despite the commonalities, those under the shine of the spotlight feel those things with greater intensity.
Yet the attempt to balance them with stardom becomes a heavy thing that often bubbles to the surface and spills over, as Ari Lennox has recently demonstrated.
Ari Lennox: An Open Book
Ari Lennox is known to be one who has been more expressive about her journey. So, seeing her open about her vulnerabilities wasn’t entirely foreign to her fans. But to others, such is new news. But while personal, her statements were not without merit.
Lennox went to social media, revealing her tussle with validation issues. On August 30th, the artist posted:
“I hate that I crave validation in every ounce of my life. It’s truly a miserable existence.”
And that was only the beginning of what Lennox had to share. The artist went on. As she did, it became more evident that her struggles were profound. Lennox was indeed dealing with a soul-crushing misery. Despite the talented singer’s success, it has yet to change her self-perspective.
As Lennox so painfully went on to share, “I hate that I wish I was cool. I’m embarrassing. I don’t even know when I’ll start loving myself. I don’t even know if it’s possible.”
Lennox Does Not Walk Alone
As sad as it is to hear, it’s a perspective many suffer with—the feeling of not being enough. The fight to love oneself is more prevalent than most understand.
In a 2019 article in Psychology Today, it was written that “roughly 85% of people worldwide (adults and adolescents) have low self-esteem.” And that is staggering. To think that so much of the populace struggles with feelings of inadequacy is a sobering reality. It is undoubtedly one that should ring an alarm.
What Can Be Gleaned?
Lennox’s vulnerability offers a lot more than knowledge of the performer. It provides a point of connection and understanding. “It is easy to believe because someone is talented and has made it that, it erases those human parts. Nothing is more beautiful than knowing this is the furthest thing from the truth.
Success does not separate us. When those who have managed to make it show their vulnerabilities, it reminds us just how connected we are.
All The Best To Lennox
Lennox continues to wage her war to find true love within herself and self-acceptance. And, incredibly, several of her peers have stepped in to show her support as she continues the work. And it is with great hopes that she will discover what she longs for.
As Lennox has noted, nothing tastes quite as sweet when there is a lack from within. As she states, “I can’t even enjoy all that I’ve created for myself.”
And with that, we send health, healing, and light her way.
Written by Renae Richardson