Mid to late twenties seems to be about the time a majority of us start wondering WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?
In your own life, in your job, in your relationship, in your group of friends. You've stepped toward adulthood for enough years to begin to taste its realities and feel its vastness. No longer guided by school curriculum, your choices and work ethic are up to you.
Each year further into my twenties has felt similar to an explosion of a me I once knew into the me I am now. This year, turning 26 was a moment of complete void of who I was the year prior. I'd catch myself in the mirror wondering about my face and how it feels so foreign and irrelevant to being here. That it wasn't able to fully capture or convey who I really was.
It can be terrifying to look deeper and harder at our own selves and the life springing up from underneath our feet. Quite literally, a moment can change everything and often times, does.
In the current climate that is 2017 in America, I wanted to spend a little time each day looking to people who remind me of the journey I am on and what values I am committed to seek throughout my days, regardless of the mayhem that ensues.
It just so happens that black people, black culture, black values, black movements, etc., happen to be most inspiring and directly empowering for me. (Wonder why...) (Probably because of enduring slavery and lifetimes of systems purposely designed to challenge and underserve them.)
I want to learn from MLK and his commitment to nonviolent protests, what they were really practicing and why. I want to learn from the co founders of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors and their enduring passion to birth movements. I want to learn by listening better to the black friends and family around me.
So, the month of February, Black History Month, I will be honoring an African-American who I am thankful for and highlight some of their greatness.
Today goes to Tracee Ellis Ross who will have you in laughter after a few minutes on her YouTube channel, where she raps to Broccoli and the like.
I started to watch the show Black-ish, which she stars in as the mom, Rainbow, Bo for short, when the first season launched. The first episode hooked me, the writing, the honesty, the humor, the wide scope of age relevancy, each piece was astounding. Being in a multiracial relationship and watching Andre (my partner) move through his life, I could see how we had been socialized quite differently.
This show, largely fueled by Ms Ross (Diana Ross's daughter) is fantastic. Following her stories on Instagram keep me smiling. They remind me to keep being myself. To keep showing up, no matter how loud, awkward, un pretty, full and expressive you are. She reminds me that I deserve fun every step of the way and to speak up for what I believe in and to share the stage with the greats around you.
She gives me permission in the places I need it most and for that, I am forever grateful.
Thank You Tracee Ellis Ross!