Inspiration Series Part 3: Eminem’s “Not Afraid”

  I keep a lookout for information, wisdom and inspiration all the time. If I hear a useful tidbit or piece of advice I remember, regardless of who it’s from. If I draw inspiration from a music video outside the realm of my normal music, I don’t turn that away either. A particular music video did just this, and that is Eminem’s “Not Afraid” video: Note, video contains language that some may not approve of. Be warned. I will attempt to briefly explain one particular way I see the symbolism in this video, the reason it is so inspiring to me. Hopefully it will be for you too. The video starts with Eminem standing on the edge of a building in the middle of a city. And obviously, that looks dangerous. Looking at where he is now, we assume he is in danger and possible even suicidal. No sane person would stand on an edge like that, they could get hurt. It’s risky. There’s no security. It appears foolish. But this isn’t the whole story. We next see him in a small, dirty room. Alone… but safe and secure, right? He can’t fall from here. But he obviously doesn’t seem happy. I see this as the safe “box” we are taught to live in. (I’ll be showing the events in chronological order now, the video organizes it a bit different for dramatic effect). Eminem stays in this room, angry until he throws a chair at the wall and notices it … Continue reading