This goes deeper… You may be confident that you know your gurl or your homie therefore from the outside it may appear that they have it all together, wrapped tight, got it going on. The smiles they adorn daily only masked the disappointment, anger, bitterness inside that daily chisel at their self-esteem and confidence. Because inside that person is dealing with robbed opportunities time and time; having that one moment in time when they are racing with destiny slip right through their hands, losing their mother, losing their great niece, being discriminated against repeatedly by vary people who have the same color skin as theirs. Why? Because of intimidation, jealously and fear that you may be better than them, having to hearing the words ‘to have’ and ‘to hold’ so many times that instead of having they would rather be without and instead of holding they would rather just let go! Ya Feel me?!
If you do feel me it is only because you have been THROUGH PAIN, not necessarily mine but still pain and you have endured it! Endured the tears, the sleepless nights, and the heartaches, the self-defeating thoughts that bombard your ever second. I am here to tell you that weeping may endure for a night but JOY TRULY COMES IN THE MORNING! This life…this race is not given to the swiftest/fastest runner…(though I would have liked to have made the team at least one time!) but it is given to the one who endures to the end.
So the next time you want to say someone ‘I know how you feel’, ‘I understand’, or ‘I feel ya’… stop and let your actions speak louder than words. Be there…. it’s empathy and not sympathy. It may mean walking with them and not so much talking to them, it ‘s ears and tears and not your own cheers. Ya Feel Me?! You may have been through a lot but know that Champions get back up once they have fallen incalculable times. Keep in mind it takes more to be ACHAMPION!
AChampion NOW…AChampion FOREVER!