If you really think about it, speech, language and our ability to articulate lead the direction of our lives. Without language, we wouldn't be able to express what we feel as easily as we do or understand those around us.
Music is one way in which we use our words to communicate with others. And no one knows how to communicate to a significant other (or former, for that matter) quite like Drake. Between "Hotline Bling" and "Too Good To You," the man proves he has a lot to say to the women (read: Rihanna) in his life.
I've found that some of the most relatable ideals in love, dating and everything in between come from his music. And with that, I have compiled six Drake songs that lend some pretty solid advice and ~views~ when it comes to lessons in love:
“Working with the negatives could make for better pictures.”
When people think of their ideal relationship, they probably don't include visions of arguments or any sort of misunderstanding. Not seeing eye to eye with your partner doesn't mean it's the end of the world, it just shows that you both are individuals who formulate your own opinions, ideals and perspective, which, in relationships, have a tendency to clash.
Clashing with your partner has the ability to make your relationship stronger. When you respect your partner and their ideas, opinions, etc., you gain the potential to get through even the most trying times alongside one another, instead of leaving because of a misalignment in views.
2. "Shot For Me"
“All your friends telling you stories that you often misinterpret and taint all the images of your 'Mr.Perfect.'"
As much as we'd like to think that all of our thoughts and impressions are ones we conclude on our own, those thoughts and impressions are often the result of the influence of our family and friends. While having people who support you is a great thing, sometimes, in relationships, the flood of so many different opinions has the ability to alter your own opinion of your significant other.
What we should remember is that relationships are between two people. The only opinion that should matter, in regards to whether or not you should be with someone, is your own.
3. "Fire And Desire"
“Keep you in the front, never in the back and never on the side.”
When making the determination of whether someone is “the one” for you or not, you should also consider whether you are the one for them. Relationships aren't a one-way street. They require effort and balance on both sides.
Obviously, we must keep in mind that not everyone shows affection or appreciation in a universal form, but what can be determined is whether or not you are being given their all. Make yourself aware of how you are being treated by your partner.
“You can't listen to me talk and go tell my story. Nah, it don't work like that when you love somebody.”
One crucial element to maintaining a strong relationship is trust. What's said in confidence between you and your partner should always remain so, otherwise that sense of trust will be lost.
Just as we keep secrets with our friends sacred, why not do the same with our partners? We must maintain the same level of respect that we have for our partners' stories as we do our friends', and even our own.
5. "Feel No Ways"
“I had to let go of us to show myself what I could do.”
Sometimes, as much as we don't want to let go of the one we thought we'd spend our entire lives with, it's only healthy that we do. In trying to maintain relationships with other people, there is a chance we may be held back by all that goes into doing so. If you feel the goals and aspirations you have set for yourself are being suppressed by being with your significant other, you may want to consider all that could be if you were to maybe … take a break.
6. "Back To Back"
“When I look back, I might be mad that I gave this attention.”
Unfortunately, with love comes heartache and heartbreak. You pour your mind, body and soul into something that's meant to flourish and last a lifetime ... and then it ends, as if it never happened or meant anything at all.
In these trying times, what we should always remember is what's meant to be will always be. The natural feelings that come with being let down and having your heart broken are nothing to be ashamed of, but they are ones that, ultimately, we should make ourselves learn and grow from.