"If life for you is a hill, be a world-class climber."
As a product of a single parent home, a recipient of food stamps, a resident of low income housing and being an African American woman, I proudly pat myself on the back sometimes. I have to, I’m a world-class climber. I never walk around with a chip on my shoulder with a need to prove anyone wrong or as a ‘victim’. I have and continue to deal with the cards I’ve been dealt. My father wasn’t there, my mom didn’t have a degree, I’ve experienced racism, I’ve struggled blah blah blah. The story gets old. I didn’t say it’s not relevant it’s just not something I dwell on. For some of us, life was and IS a hill. You weren’t born into money, you didn’t have a car passed down/given to you at 16, you didn’t have the privilege of just “enjoying” your college years and getting an education, you don’t get pay equal to your male counterparts, you’ve been raped by a family member, you’ve had to care for siblings at an early age…the list goes on and on. The bad news is that it happened; the good news is that you can still overcome whatever obstacles you have and continue to face. If no one else is an example, I am a walking testimony. I had a low SAT score yet I attended a top 10 university and got accepted to others, single parent home yet I did not become a pregnant teenager who got caught up in the “system”, fairly soft-spoken person who has become an ambassador for change and philanthropy; YOU determine your fate.
Racism isn’t going anywhere; neither is classism, sexism or any other injustice you can think about. “It’s not fair, it’s not right. But it is so”.
“You may be born at the bottom, but the bottom was not born in you. You have it within you to be better than you were, to make more of your life than was given to you by life. This is not to say that we can always correct life’s inequities, but simply that we honor ourselves in the trying.”
This is probably where someone wants to cue, Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” song, lol .
Cool song but I don’t gloat about ‘starting from the bottom’. For me life has and continues to be uphill but I’m optimistic and I encourage you to be too. There are countless stories about people who have gone through more than you and made it despite the “system” and those things that work against us every day. If nothing else, make sure your story is on that list. If you are one of those who had the privilege of having more and you started closer to the top or at the top of the hill, reach back.
Life is not a race, it’s an experience that is enhanced by our interactions with others.
"There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate."
“Tragically, the well-off and the poor are often united in capitalist culture by their shared obsession with consumption. Oftentimes the poor are more addicted to excess because they are the most vulnerable to all the powerful messages in media and in our lives in general which suggest that the only way out of class shame is conspicuous consumption. Propaganda in advertising and in the culture as a whole assures the poor that they can be one with those who are more materially privileged if they own the same products. It helps sustain the false notion that ours is a classless society. When these values are accepted by the poor they internalize habits of being that make them act in complicity with greed and exploitation. Who has not heard materially well-off individuals talk about driving through poor neighborhoods and seeing fancy cars or massive overeating of junk food? These are the incidents the well-off emphasize to denigrate the poor while simultaneously holding them accountable for their fate.”
— bell hooks
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The older you get and the stronger you become in Christ, the stronger your spirit of discernment becomes. This morning on Reverend Al Sharpton ‘s radio show (1690 AM) there was a conversation that lead to people talking about scenarios that changed their lives. One guy spoke about how his guys came by and wanted to go have drinks, he had his daughter and declined. They insisted so he took her to his mother’s house, he was later shot. He said, that experience changed his life forever. Another guy, got pulled over for speeding, he had 10 KILOS in the trunk!!! He was only given a ticket for speeding, they never checked the trunk. As a result of that incident, he changed his life, stopped selling drugs and now has a successful business. Sometimes things will happen that serves as a sign that you should change or do things differently. It’s important to pay attention. God might be calling you to leave the nightlife, a person, a job etc but you have to be tuned in. I’m not suggesting you over analyze everything but pay attention. My spirit guides me often, it guides me in business A LOT. I understand I don’t need to work with everything in my network. In personal relationships, I understand that if my intuition is telling me something I should listen. You should too, pray for discernment in all areas of your life. We will all have to bump our head sometimes but there are some things we can avoid and save time. :)
Are we meant to have anything solely to ourselves? It would be nice if so. In a world where people are constantly taking what you want, work for or desire, it would be nice to have something just for you that no one could take, ruin, or misuse. Someone to yourself. Friendships that were unbreakable. A place to ALWAYS call home. No fear of losing it. No disappointments. I guess GOD is reading this and saying, that’s ME Vau’ve
As we bring #WomensHistoryMonth to a close, I reflect on one of the many women who inspire me. Oprah Winfrey has and continues to inspire me to keep dreaming big. I’m committed to success but I understand life is not linear. Life will lead us in many different places but as long as we inspire others along the way, no matter how challenging it may get, life is GOOD!
“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” - Oprah Winfrey