Thursday, March 1, 2012
40 years of life.
It is March first, and I am a few days away from turning 40. Yes, I will be 40! I have done many things over my 40 year life. I have traveled. I have lived in many states. I have traveled as far east as Long Island New York. To as far west as Waikiki Hawaii. As far down as Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. To as far north as Toronto Canada. I have loved and been loved. I have married and divorced. At 16 I had found out that Christ was waiting for me to seek him. I have preached in many churches. I have been on many platforms spreading the gospel. I have preached at a Jail in Massachusetts. I have preached on the radio there as well. I have performed singing and with my music. In many events and stages. House parties and concerts as well. I have played basketball all over the United States. No place like New York to play ball though. I enjoyed legendary parks like The Rucker. To 4th Street, downtown in the Village. I will never forget in the Bronx, I was about 25 years old. I watched a jump shot leave my teammates hands and dunked the rebound over a 6'9' guy on the follow. The crowd roar was love to me. I don't remember having much love in my life. So sports is where I got it from. Those that know me, they can tell you. I was in the streets for a year. Trying to survive. I have been on my own since 14 years of age. Yes, I received plenty of help from Christian families and a few friends. And I even had genuine love from some of those people. But my mother passing away when I was 21 years old. My Father living in another state since my early teen years. I never had discipline and structure. I lived by what I saw and making plenty of mistakes. I learned what it is to need love from someone and have no one to give it. I struggled because lack of leadership and inexperience. But what I never realized was I was getting the greatest education a human can ask for. I learned how to succeed at life. I understood what it was to strive. To never say never. To stand up for myself. To conquer all my fears and know that I had to do for myself. To smile even when all I saw was darkness. To have faith and believe in the Lord above, to guide me through. So now, I have refined myself. Played football and studied, Theology. Read up on culture, as well as travel to witness and see it first hand. I have a small business. Small, but it's all mine. I have been in Newspapers and on the News for both sports as well as my work as a Chef. I have overcome and conquered. I have a beautiful daughter who loves me. I continue to make my music. I still feel youthful and vibrant. Still go play basketball. Still love to go on roller coasters and enjoy my life. Live free and vibrant. So, I may have the wisdom of a 60 year old man, from my life. I may have refined myself and learned that knowledge is the key to success. I may not use my Brut force anymore. But I still feel and look 28.. So as I turn 40 years old. I wanna thank all those who have been a part of my life. Who have shaken my hand and wished me well. Who have shown me love. Who have been rude to me and mean. Because you also impacted my life and gave me drive and fire in my heart. My family who truly had my back. I thank you all for your places in my life. May God Bless you all.