Man, what a milestone this was in my life. My high school graduation. I know what you’re thinking. It’s just high school, no big deal!
But for me, it was an major accomplishment. The only thing of value I owned at the time was the $65 gold ring on my finger. That sweater I had on belonged to my older brother, who didn’t even know I had it. I was wearing a $20 pair of shoes from Payless that I begged my mother to loan me the money for. More importantly, I was living on my own in an apt I couldn’t afford, working at Casual Male Big and Tall, and Super Stop & Shop at the same time.
My thoughts in this picture were “I made it. What am I going to do now?” “Damn, I don’t have anything in the fridge at home, I have no money until next payday, I’m hungry, and I refuse to ask my family for sh*t!” My friend hugging me in this picture thought my tears were from happiness, but they were from frustration and fear! My point in saying all of this is, I WILL NEVER FEEL THAT WAY EVER AGAIN! As long as I’m breathing, I will always find a way to survive. Not by being phony, kissing ass, or playing into politics. But because I’m a beast in full survival mode. My job as a parent isn’t to be a friend to my children. My job is to make sure that they survive in this jungle called life unscathed by any means necessary. Know thy enemy!
One thing I learned early in life is “Bullsh*t” is predictable.” Meaning nothing relevant comes from anyone or anything not relevant to your cause or betterment of self. Swerve, missed me with the bullsh*t!
This photo gives me great inspiration. It gives me the drive and strength to never give up on my dreams. This might of been just a photo to Will Smith at the time. Maybe even just a statement. Even so, Will Smith became one of the biggest movie stars to ever hit the big screen. Gracefully stepping into the role of Muhammad Ali, in the movie Ali. Never give up. Destiny is a story only you can write.
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