Today, I'm simply going to post a quote that I discovered earlier this morning by Muhammad Ali and follow it up with my new anthem for living. Both really speak to the way I'm feeling on this cool fall evening in Chicago.
I know it is way too much to ask that people just ask decently or truly want the best for you. Most people are entirely too wrapped up in what's going on in their lives to waste too much energy on being concerned with what's going on with mine.
But question for ya: Why is it so challenging for others to be happy at someone's success because it's not their own? I'm so sick of others who are so limited in their vision that they hate to see others doing well. I'm extremely tired of those narrow minded people who only want to see you contained in a tiny box of their making. It infuriates me when someone wants you to mold to some cookie cutter shape that they've created.
I will not be contained.
I will not be held back and I will most certainly not bend to someone else's standards just so they can feel better in their own skin. It's the closest thing to insanity that I've ever experienced.
Today, I dare to fly like Maya Angelou and do it "my way" like Sammi Davis. I'm gonna float like a butterfly and sting like a bee just like Ali. So if you're not with the program then you bettah get out the way, 'cause you just may get hurt.
Tell 'em how you feel Your Greatness: "I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want."
Amen, my brotha. Amen.
And if that wasn't enough - take a hint from Jill Scott's latest masterpiece, "Hate On Me." I'll just hit you with a little bit of the refrain and even that might be too much for you!
Hate on me, hater
Now or later
'Cuz I'm gonna do me
You'll be mad, baby
(Go 'head and hate)
Go 'head and hate on me, hate on
'Cuz I'm not afraid of it
What I got I paid for
You can hate on me
You cannot hate on me
'Cuz my mind is free
Feel my destiny
So shall it be
Oooooooooh! (That last part was from me!)