Updated: Jun 30, 2020
Being a man in 2020 has taken on a different meaning for me. You see, I really didn’t have any idea of what a man was (7) years ago. Yea I know, sounds crazy as you see my picture, huh? Yes, I am 55 years old and wasted a lot of my life on some misguided information given to me by the streets of South Central LA.
Dysfunction was my normalcy growing up. Never met my father…and not looking for him. The only men figures I had in my life were the brothers in the hood, so with that I had no idea on how to be a man. I reached a point in my life where I was backed into a corner, I had to "MAN-UP" or "lay it down". So I challenged my belief system and discovered it all needed some revisions. I humbled myself; reached out for help, my thinking changed and I finally realized I had been arrested in my development.
I began to lay a foundation of integrity and maturity, I was hungry for information about becoming a man…"A Real Man". Doors began to open up I didn’t even knock on; opportunities began to present themselves many thought I was unqualified for, BUT GOD. He was doing for me what I had no idea how to do for myself. My people, places, and the things around me changed. In making these changes, life offered me the opportunity to soak in more information that I needed. I was evolving into the man I am destined to be...
Here today in 2020 as a man, I feel free. What I mean is I am no longer a prisoner of my own mind... I treat people with honor and respect... I have a voice now... I have a choice now... I have a plan…and a unapologetic mission. Being a man in 2020 is being able to feel and express my emotions and be alright with that.... Being a man in 2020 is saying yes and meaning it, and saying no and meaning it... I hold my head up today, and not fold into a kowtow state of mind to false realities... Being a man in 2020 is being able to smile…and feel it.
June 18, 2020 - July 8, 2020, 15 strong, confident and truth-seeking men will share some of their struggles, accomplishments, and challenges of 2020… You don’t want to miss this, so make sure you check back as they guys reveal what it's like "Being A Man In 2020"…