who are you?
what does that even mean, who am I?
Answering that question sometimes is as weird and uncomfortable as asking it
You are strength power reserve resilience perseverance creative individual original idealistic spiritually exuberant champion brave and courageous
but what you aren’t, is identity
you aren’t confidence as much as you are pride ego indignity
you are just as much beaten down and weak as you are strong and powerful but this is why you are reserve resilience and perseverance
yet still instilled like steel, you are just as much deflated simple and predictable as you are creative
you are just as much judged, judgmental, hated, and hateful as you are your own individual you are every bit of everybody else their business and opinions as you are original and idealistic
you are every bit of shaped as much as u are a shape-shifter
u are every bit scared and fearful as u are brave and courageous
u are every bit a loser as u are a champion
you are a robot on autopilot
Because u succumb
because u just put up
because u can do bad all by yourself
and u just koo and chillin
and u not trippin
and you wit it
and fuck it
cuz its whatever
and u not phased
and u just doing u
and ‘it is what it is’
and you in your own lane
same shit different day…
why is dreaming for more and putting the work in so hard for you?
What, are u just good with complaining?
Accepting everything as is?
Then u hate on people dream of more
and that’s koo, but u have no real self value
all u do is what u been trained
and don’t say that ain’t tru
but that ain’t u
u living everyone else’s expectations
no matter how great or bad
ready to blow up and defend Nothing first chance you get at who u deem as opposition really,
u battling yourself and your own fears, needing respect and exposure
life is already a war, so why do u insist on creating more wars and battle wounds for yourself fighting all these different faces just as lost scared and confused as u
in the field just so u can have a story to tell
u wanna ‘keep it real, thorough, a hunned and all’
but if u in a mood u don’t wanna here the truth
so since you all about dares then..
I dare you!
to become, instead of just being
I dare you!
to exercise restraint while directing your pain towards a path of purpose-
not believing you are selling yourself short by not reacting,
but realizing that by proactivity, you make more gains towards a future built by You-
rather than one built for you by being impulsive, acting out of fear-which you call anger
u not mad
u just a scared boy that’s too afraid to grow up
believing your pain and story is something special and different than everyone else’s…
in a fight, who gets the best seats, the spectator or the fighter?
I dare you to stop spectating, and fight for more
fight for yourself to become yourself
don’t fight yourself because you’re scared and scarred
those are self inflicted, stop lying to yourself!
become you! let’s think out the box for a second
radical as opposed to conventional wisdoms…
what if i told you that the way you view the word ‘selfish’ has made you feel sorry for everybody outside of u
that u have no time and energy for self growth
that it keeps u in the same position
because your meaning of sacrifice is actually sabotage
because u hate yourself!
and u rather just do for others so u can stop thinking about who it is that u believe they see when they look at u
what if I told u that working on self is the best way to help someone else?
I is We
helping yourself is helping others
how can u improve things outside of u-
if the barriers inside u, have u so cut off that u can’t take heed to your own message-
u can’t even see yourself no more
how can u have an idea of what other people need if u don’t know what u need?!
u can’t build self value off others
u build self value by building self up
then u help by showing others how to do the same-
we are built to build UP, not accumulate build up
the cycles you get stuck in are of your own creation
when u lead for self,
when the only voice u hear is your own,
and the voice of those u try to help are mute,
than what are u doing?
live your truth
let go of yesterday and tomorrow
right here and now
you are a teacher just by all you’ve experienced
a teacher gives a platform for voices
a teacher learns twice by teaching
a teacher embraces the challenge of learning thru experience self growth and new environments
once u figure that we’re all a product of our environment,
u can choose to make your environment productive
your environment isn’t just who you are
u can create and move your environment
but “without discipline there is no development” Maulana Karenga said that
ultimately, you are who you create yourself to be
so next time I ask you who you are,
your answer should be a creation of your own
not of someone else’s
so, who are you?