"Being A Man In 2020": Meet Kendrick Choice


The year 2020 for many of us was supposed to be our year. It was supposed to be the year all the puzzle pieces finally fit into place, the Jenga blocks didn’t fall as we rearranged our lives for what we desired to be better. However, the year 2020 has been unpredictable, unprecedented, its been a year many of us had not seen coming. For me coming into this year I was laser focused on exceeding 2019. I had personal goals and dreams to accomplish. I sat with my kids and we discussed together the 3 C’s for the upcoming year. They were confidence, concentrate and continue. Each of us had personal momentum from the previous year thrusting us to go higher and suddenly...


As a man, a black American, an educated man, a single father, 2020 has forced me to see things from different angles. On the fly I had to reinvent the avenue I desired to reach my personal goals. I had to stand tall when I got the phone call in March one of the jobs I worked was letting me go. I understood it was not my fault but this job was part of my plan to achieve my personal goal. It was in this small moment it seemed my goals had escaped me. There were so many questions from my kiddos I had to answer from are we going back to school, dad is COVID-19 serious, what are we going to do, dad why are you working from home. The questions were endless and life how we knew it had changed. I had to discuss with my kids especially my black boys police brutality and the killing of unarmed black Americans. Its sad to say but it’s a conversation my family (boys) knows all too well. They’ve seen the racial profiling up close but like Maya Angelou said, “still we rise”.


I remember sitting in my room, music in the background, reading and writing when a memory came into my mind. It was only 3 months ago I discussed with my kids the 3 C’s and here I am trying to change the narrative. It is amazing how God works when we can’t see him moving the chess pieces of our lives for our good. Yes, 2020 has not been the year I dreamed it would be starting out. However, I have come to enjoy being able to maneuver, finding new ways to make life what me and my kiddos desire.


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 reveal what it's like "Being A Man In 2020"…

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