Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Taste the
Archery “Lemonade” Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Taste the Archery “Lemonade”

Beyoncé’s daughter, Blue Ivy, celebrated her fourth birthday the way any fairy princess should: with archery. I mean, come on! As if the “Beyhive” needed another reason to worship Queen Bey. We realize Blue Ivy is holding the bow upside down (bonus points if you caught that mistake!), but who cares. It’s Queen Bey, and Queen Bey always slays.

Blue celebrated her birthday Jan. 7, but Beyoncé withheld photos of the fairy-themed celebration (and archery action) until April. Perhaps the delayed photo release was an elaborate ruse to distract the Beyhive as its queen prepared for the release of her HBO visual-album, “Lemonade.”

When Life Gives You Lemons…

Beyoncé dropped some seriously sour lemons by teasing her HBO premiere on Instagram just one week before its airdate. After the hour-long special aired and her much-anticipated sixth album dropped on Tidal (hubby Jay-Z’s online streaming service), fans officially lost all their chill and swarmed the Twitter-sphere in search of “Becky with the good hair.” The result? Lip-puckering lemonade in the form of tweets and Instagram comments attacking designer Rachel Roy, the presumed “Becky.”

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Maybe Blue Ivy knows something the rest of the Beyhive doesn’t: A great way to get your chill back – and experience mental healing – is with bows and arrows.

ESPN staff writer Tommy Tomlinson related the power of sports to mental healing in his 2011 article, “How We Find Healing Through Sports.”

“You know how a great book can consume you so fully that you get lost in the world between the covers?” he wrote. “A great game – or even just a great sports moment – can do the same thing. It becomes its own little universe. And it puts you in the center of it.”

The world is full of distractions that put you at the center of a chaotic universe: exams, projects, to-do lists, “Becky with the good hair,” and the “what’s next?” that looms overhead as you navigate between jobs, relationships and life-changing decisions. Those distractions can consume you, absorbing every ounce of energy like a sponge. But only if you let them.

The solution? Find your universe elsewhere. Some turn to meditation, religion and intense exercise. Others turn to archery.

Actress Danika Yarosh, pictured above, was surprised by archery’s calming and stress-relieving effects. Photo Credit: Danika Yarosh

Actress Danika Yarosh, pictured above, was surprised by archery’s calming and stress-relieving effects. Photo Credit: Danika Yarosh

“It sounds kind of cliché, but shooting archery makes me feel alive,” actress Danika Yarosh shared in a 2014 interview. “It’s so empowering, invigorating and peaceful. It’s like once you start concentrating on the target, everything else seems to disappear for a bit, almost like nothing else matters. It also makes me feel really balanced and in tune with myself.”

It’s clear Beyoncé felt in tune with herself and her emotions upon releasing “Lemonade.” How else could she address such difficult topics?

“‘Lemonade’s’ themes confront racial tension, gender politics and the personal hurt of infidelity,” NBC reported. “On the latter, its lyrics detail the journey of a woman whose partner has cheated on her — transitioning through suspicion, anger and finally resolution.”

Did trying archery at Blue Ivy’s birthday party in January help Beyoncé center herself amid the pressure of releasing an “athleisure” line, rehearsing for a world tour, and producing her sixth album? It’s possible. The result of her “centered” emotions: 12 tracks and an hour-long video accompaniment that celebrities described as raw, twisted, powerful, beautiful and heartbreaking.

Paralympic hopeful Samantha Tucker lost her hand in a motorcycle accident. She uses a mouth tab or shoulder aid to draw her bow. Photo Credit: World Archery

Paralympic hopeful Samantha Tucker lost her hand in a motorcycle accident. She uses a mouth tab or shoulder aid to draw her bow. Photo Credit: World Archery

Those same adjectives could describe the archery journey of Paralympic hopeful Samantha Tucker, who started shooting archery after losing her left hand in a motorcycle accident. Tucker could focus on her accident or rise above her challenges to pursue archery greatness. She chose greatness.

“Every action is rooted in the thought that produced it,” Tucker told Archery 360. “Whether it’s archery or anything else, becoming aware and raising awareness of thoughts we think about, even in the background, is so important. If you’re not happy where your arrow is hitting or where you are in your life, it all goes back to your thoughts. I was born able-bodied and lost the use of my left arm, and that event could’ve been a bad thing, but I chose to make it a good thing.”

Photo Credit: USA Archery

Photo Credit: USA Archery

Likewise, Jay-Z and Solange Knowles’s 2014 elevator confrontation could have been a bad thing. But Beyoncé gave it a different meaning. Life gave her lemons, so she made lemonade.

And you can make lemonade, too. Hit the archery range. Strap your “lemons” (whatever bothers you) to a target. For those brief moments, allow the weight of the world to slip away. It’s just you and the target in front of you. Get lost in the moment, focusing on each arrow and its “thwack” into the target. The mental clarity found at full draw provides just the right amount of sweetness to make the perfect batch of lemonade.

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