Live Life to your own Rhythm.

From Primary School to Secondary School then to University, even at our workplaces, we have been taught to view and live life as a competition. For me, “Life is a journey”. So, why not live life to your own rhythm and to the fullest?

YOU ARE PROBABLY WONDERING WHAT IT MEANS TO LIVE LIFE TO YOUR OWN RHYTHM. HERE’S HOW:

•GOD FIRST: Pray and ask the Holy Spirit for his guidance and direction in life. While you seek the help of God, be patient because God’s time is the best. Also, build a good and healthy relationship with God.

•BELIEVE IN YOURSELF : Don’t ever doubt yourself just because you feel someone is doing better than you. We have the same 24 hours but different lives. Moreover, life itself is challenging. So, believe in yourself and work towards solving life’s challenges.

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to do it” ~Virgil Abloh

•TAKE RISK: Build yourself and be resilient enough to take risk and if it doesn’t work out at first, TRY AGAIN.

“The best shot at living a fulfilled life is via trial and error ” ~Virgil Abloh

•NEVER GIVE UP: Take everything one step at a time.
“The thing I would tell a younger version of myself?
That the struggle is the point” ~Virgil Abloh

•GRATITUDE: “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step towards achieving something bigger and better than your current situation”. ~BRIAN TRACY

REST: While you work, remember we live in a body that carries out various biological, chemical and physical activities every second. That means, you have to rest, or your body will do the resting.

•ENJOY LIFE AND STAY HAPPY: Explore the world. Visit new places, meet new people, watch your favorite movies or TV shows and celebrate little wins.

WORK TOWARDS ACCOMPLISHING YOUR GOALS:If I can do it, then you can do it too”. -Virgil Abloh

For Instance, VIRGIL ABLOH lived life to his own Rhythm.

Virgil Abloh was born on September 30, 1980, in Rockford, Illinois, USA.

Abloh first met popular musician, Kanye West while working on his designs at a Chicago print shop. After graduating from the university, he interned at Fendi in the same class as Kanye in 2019. Placed in the company’s Rome, Italy office, the two began a collaborative relationship. A year later, Kanye West appointed Virgil Abloh as the Creative Director of his creative agency, Donda.
He was always bringing Kanye’s ideas to life. Do you know what that means?
Firstly, that’s crazy, right? ~Salem King

Ever heard or seen “PYREX”?
That’s Virgil Abloh

In 2012, Abloh launched his first company, PYREX VISION. The stated goal of Pyrex Vision was to represent the importance of youth culture, by centering the designs around a garment that most youth would notice from gym class. He closed the company down a year later. Virgil’s ideas could be clearly geared around the importance of now.

“In a large part, streetwear is seen as cheap. What my goal has been is to add an intellectual layer to it and make it incredible”. ~Abloh in the inspiration behind founding high-end streetwear label, OFF-WHITE.

Ever heard or seen “OFF-WHITE” anywhere? That’s Virgil Abloh

Abloh founded his first fashion house and second business overall in 2013 with high-end streetwear brand Off-White, designing a logo inspired by Ben Kelly. He launched the company’s women wearline in 2014. In 2015, Off-White was named a finalist for the LVMH Prize. Then, he lost the grand prize and special prize to Marques’Almeida and Jacquemus, respectively.

BTS wearing looks from the LVMenSS22 Collection by Virgil Abloh.

On March 25, 2018, Abloh was named Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton’s Menswear ready wear line, making him the first person of African descent to lead the brand’s menswear line, as well as one of the few black designers at the helm of a major French Fashion house.

Abloh’s design aesthetic, which bridged streetwear and luxury clothing was described as transformative by The New York Times. According to The Wall Street Journal, he reached a level of global fame unusual for a designer, an Inspirational figure, said BBC.

Abloh’s interest in music led him to being a DJ beginning in his teens. Virgil was also a music video director. Rappers used his name and works as lyrics for their songs. When rappers could name-drop a living black man, that’s just groundbreaking. Virgil broke grounds!

In 2021, he launched a new monthly two-hour internet radio show on Worldwide FM, “Imaginary Radio”. He previously had a show on Apple Music 1 called “TELEVISED RADIO”.

Abloh noted that one of his principles is that a new design can be created by changing an original by only three percent. He described his approaches being “ironic detachment” and that Duchamp precedence “gives him the grounds to copy and paste, to take and to re-apply”. This philosophy caused Abloh to be accused of Plagiarism and appropriation. Virgil received lots of criticism, especially on Twitter. And I wonder how he handled it.

In 2020, he established the Virgil Abloh “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund. Abloh spent significant amounts of his time to mentor and provide mentoring resources to young designers.

He won International Designer of the Year at the GQ Men of the year awards in 2017. Abloh was listed as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2018, one of two designers named that year.

Abloh lived in Chicago with his wife, Shannon, and their two children. In 2019, Abloh was diagnosed with cardiac angiosarcoma, a type of cancer, though he kept the diagnosis private. He died on November 28, 2021, at the age of 41 💔, in Chicago, USA.

RIP to a Visionary and an Icon who helped push the culture forward and open doors and break down barriers, who made the next generation of creatives feel anything is possible. ~Winnie Harlow

After reading the write-ups, articles, and watching videos, all I can say is “Virgil Abloh certainly lived his life”. I pray his story continues to inspire creative business and people all over the world.

Thank you, Virgil Abloh for giving life and light to Black culture and fashion.

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