“I Wanna Be Like You When I Grow UP!”

grow up

At times, I feel like I haven’t achieved great things in my life yet, but I have to realize, that’s not necessarily true. I brought a young boy and his siblings into my life and help raise, as if they were my own. I fought for 12 months to get my grandmother diagnosed and provided two places for her to live without a dime in my pocket. I’ve inspired individuals to become better…..

 

       I will never forget this one conversation I had with one of the guys in the neighborhood. He was the type to get in trouble a lot. He suffered from lead poisoning, so he had a very violent temper. His condition caused him to be hyper all of the time. Often times, he was loud. Everyone in the neighborhood knew when Q-Black was outside because he was that loud. He drank like a fish, and fought every guy in the neighborhood at least once. He was basically a dead man walking. He was 21 at this particular time, and I knew him since he were a young boy, so when he walked up to me and said. “I wanna be like you when I grow up.” I was shocked. I said, “What do you mean?” He said, “You know, just being positive. Look at the way you dress. I’m trying to get fresh! When I’m around you, I feel this sense of confidence. For me to do better.” I said, “Well, if you put that effort into being a better individual everyday, then you can be better everyday. Without me even being around.”

“But How?’ He asked.

(more…)