(Reader discretion: What is normally considered “strong language” ahead)
Good afternoon dear reader! 😀
Now something has been on my mind for the past few hours and it is this:
“Do not be ashamed but rather be inspired by the privileges you enjoy”
Sounds odd perhaps? But allow me to explain with a personal account
I am a 31 year old man with a slightly receding hairline (I’m still sexy) who is currently on a year long quests to A) Build his Logo design business (Shameless plug, Wordsmith Designs is awesome contact us 07062259786) and B) Push his debut book into the hearts of many (find said book here and here) While doing so, I have been enjoying tremendous support from family and friends in so many ways and for awhile, that support had me feeling (not a little bit) disturbed. I’d find myself thinking thoughts like:
“Chooo! Look at me, a 31 year old and being supported by his family. What the hell am I doing?” (Shame)
“I’m not really an entrepreneur. Not really. If i was I wouldn’t have (or need) this support and I’d be pushing forward by own strength”(Ego)
“This stuff I’m doing had better succeed faster than the Flash on crack so I can pay back my family for all this” (Obligation)
Oh side note, the above is proof positive that someone can be in heaven and still live hell
Change (not he APC kind) came the day I realized that the privileges I was enjoying (they are privileges not entitlements) were not anything to be ashamed of. Love in any and every capacity is never a thing to cringe from or rail at. It is not something to feel obligated to. Rather it is to inspire you to be the best that you can be, to rise to the fullest of your height so you can extend the same love you have received to others as well.
Needless to say, this new line of thinking was massively relieving and it got me wondering just how many people out there feel ashamed of all the privileges they enjoy? I wonder how many people are actively trying to make others feel ashamed because of the privileges they enjoy? “You are not real!” “You are not street” “Oh you have a good man?! yeah sure! He is probably cheating on you””Oh you have money? You must be a phony” etc
You know what dear reader?
Let me say that again with a little more emphasis
And just because I can:
You owe no one (including yourself) an apology for the privileges or “advantages” you have in life. For example, if you are an entrepreneur and you are enjoying an amazing support system from friends and family as you take steps towards making your vision a reality, It is something to be enjoyed, appreciated and inspired by. It something to speak proudly of and not something you bite back in conversations because you want to appear “real”.
Come to think of it, is there ANYONE in this world that hasn’t or isn’t enjoying some support of some kind? Every single “self made success” received some support and help from another. Whether it was the person who believed in their shit, or some friend who was always there with an encouraging word (or kick in the ass) or spouse or girl/boyfriend that wouldn’t let them quit, EVERYONE has received help on their way up (and some on the way down too) and so I ask, where does shame factor into this? Simply because my privileges are not the same as yours doesn’t mean that I bow my head in shame and act like some whipped dog. Nope. I will look around at all the love I am receiving on the way towards my dream. I will be clear in knowing that they are all privileges and not entitlements. I will be clear that these people are loving me not because they HAVE TO but because they WANT TO and I will be grateful and enjoy every bit of it. I will be inspired by their love and I will rise to my fullest and extend the same hands of help to others on their way to their dreams.
I advice you do the same. Shame be damned
So one more time just because I can and I am nuts like that
So those are my thoughts dear reader. What are yours? Comment below and let us know and as always thank you for reading and God bless you
I shut up now