A perpetual lesson learned on February 1.
So I am a year older today. I intentionally went into #flotationtherapy today to reflect on all the blessings God has afforded me. I love people...genuinely. More than you’d think made sense. God uses my alone time and people to enlighten and bless me #ambivert. So i dedicate this next rotation around the sun to the people who have helped me rotate this far and to the people I’ve yet to meet who will help it keep going. I love myself...all by myself, AND I love who I am with the fantastic humans I’ve been blessed to live my life with. Thank you for going on this journey with me. To my God, thank YOU for life, love, grace, and mercy. I promise to make you proud. Here’s to 28.
“I think we need to rethink how we frame privilege.” A message from Janaya Khan (@janayaforthefuture) 🙌🏽.
With this notion, I also think we need to reframe the concept of voting being a “personal decision.” It is not. Your vote (or lack of voting) effects us all. I often hear folks voting based off one or two issues: gun regulation, a woman’s right to choose, healthcare, immigration, taxes, etc. But often the vote is for something that does not affect their personal way of life. Can your vote improve someone’s quality of life, while not being a complete detriment to yours? That is usually the case.
Someone terminating a pregnancy doesn’t harm your uterus.
Improving background+mental health checks, banning certain types of guns & limiting access to guns doesn’t take guns from law-abiding, mentally stable citizens.
Everyone in this country besides the Indigenous & Black folks are immigrants (Slaves didn’t “immigrate”; I’d also argue that LatinX ARE actually Indigenous to America the Continent, but that’s a totally separate discussion).
#Obamacare is working for the majority of those who have it, but there is room for improvement. Health insurers and pharmaceutical companies NEED regulation to prevent the continuing trend of overcharging for medicine & people with pre-existing conditions.
As for taxes, I view them the same as my tithe. I am taxed according to the financial level I have achieved as a U.S. citizen and, like my tithe, I choose to believe it is going toward improvement. When, Lord willing, my 💰 increases, so will my tithe & tax. That is the cost of privilege (& me wanting God in my money).
So here’s the proposition:
Vote so people have the freedom to CHOOSE how to live their life, so they can tap into their highest positive capabilities, while having a minimal negative impact on others. Voting is not personal. It is for the GREATER GOOD. It should be more selfless than selfish. With that said, make sure you are registered to vote by visiting vote.org, vote early this week or next week on Nov. 6. It takes US ALL. #Vote.
I am grateful for...
1. God never letting me go, even when I momentarily let Him go.
2. #SaintJules, my mother, my confidante for the life she lived in her past that taught me so much about the present and future.
3. My Daddy for always having an encouraging word, rapping the 15-minute version of "Rappers' Delight" with me and passing on his cool on to me.
4. My younger brother MKG for surpassing my cool (therefore our dad's cool) and keeping the whole family on our toes with his creativity and curious personality.
5. My extended family in Maryland, DC and Welch, WV that love and support me through the distance; the line dancing and karaokee performances complete with beatboxing and air guitars; the storytelling and pointless arguments that pick up right where we left off whenever we are together.
6. My best girlfriends who inspire, motivate and keep me grounded... and listen to my fits :)
7. My best guyfriends who challenge my perspective, break guy code for me and are willing to protect me like the older brothers I never had.
8. North Carolina A&T State University for instilling pride in my biological history, school culture and responsibility to those who will come behind me.
9. My students and mentees for teaching me just as much as I have taught you and for being a guiding light to my life's purpose.
10. My mentors who have poured their wisdom into me (and connections into my phone contacts) and for being the voice of clarity in my whirlwind of ideas.
I am grateful for all my experiences, the people who contribute to them and lessons learned from them.
My birthday is here and I'm reflecting over what is most important to me as I enter into another year of life and get a jump start on the upcoming calendar year.