Ahead Of Turning 40, Beyoncé Talks About Where She’s At And What Her Next Decade Will Be Like

Beyonce in Disney+ movie Black is King
(Image credit: (Disney))
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If life begins at 40, Beyoncé has had a heck of a prologue. As the singer, actress, filmmaker and businesswoman approaches her 40th birthday next month, she’s reflecting on the incredible career she has lived so far and what she envisions for the next decade of her life. As you’d likely expect from the Black Is King star, she’s full of wisdom as she heads into her fifth decade as Queen Bey.

Beyoncé’s more recent pursuits have included her contributions to Disney’s remake of The Lion King, which had her voicing the role of Nala and creating an incredible visual album based on the music she made to go with the film. She also had a chart-topping song in Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage Remix.” The 39-year-old talked about where she is at with her life with these empowering words:

I’ve spent so many years trying to better myself and improve whatever I’ve done that I’m at a point where I no longer need to compete with myself. I have no interest in searching backwards. The past is the past. I feel many aspects of that younger, less evolved Beyoncé could never fuck with the woman I am today. Haaa!

If I could print this out and hang it as a large poster, I would, because this Beyoncé insight is universal despite the rest of us not being her. In the singer’s recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar, she shared that she has worked so hard for years to better herself and now she’s at a point of acceptance of herself. May we all aspire to be the more evolved version of ourselves that our younger selves wouldn’t dare “fuck” with.

Beyoncé’s 40th birthday is coming on September 4, and she already has a good idea of what she is focusing on in her next decade. She defined each decade of her life thus far, sharing that her first 10 years was for “dreaming,” her teens were about “the grind,” her 20s were about building a strong foundation for her career and establishing her legacy, and her 30s was all about starting her family and making her life about more than her career. As she said:

My wish is for my 40s to be fun and full of freedom. I want to feel the same freedom I feel on stage every day of my life. I want to explore aspects of myself I haven’t had time to discover and to enjoy my husband and my children. I want to travel without working. I want this next decade to be about celebration, joy, and giving and receiving love. I want to give all the love I have to the people who love me back.

The iconic “Crazy In Love” singer has been working hard to build the status she currently has in pop culture. Nowadays, her firstborn with Jay-Z, Blue Ivy, is nine years old, and her twins Sir and Rumi Carter are four years old. After all the hustle, bustle and public fame, it sounds like Beyoncé is ready to really enjoy what she’s worked so hard for and focus on living her life and family without needing to prove anything to herself. As she put it:

I’ve done so much in 40 years that I just want to enjoy my life. It’s hard going against the grain, but being a small part of some of the overdue shifts happening in the world feels very rewarding. I want to continue to work to dismantle systemic imbalances. I want to continue to turn these industries upside down. I plan to create businesses outside of music. I have learned that I have to keep on dreaming.

Now does this mean less Beyoncé music? Maybe, it’s tough to tell. It sounds like in her 40s, she wants to continue to be involved in impacting the world and building more businesses. As the next era of Beyoncé approaches, Disney+ subscribers can once again enjoy her film Black Is King. If you would like to sign up, you can use this link. It’s among the best Disney+ Original releases thus far.

Sarah El-Mahmoud
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