I will be 30 years old on September 1st. A milestone no doubt as many young black men and women never make it to 30 much less their 25th birthday. You can include The Notorious B.I.G, Tupac Shakur, and most recently Heath Ledger as some of the more famous people cut down before they celebrated a third decade on Earth.
For those of us who are fortunate enough to hit 30, the question should be asked: Are you satisfied with your life? It is a double ended question because in reality one should never be satisfied as there is always more to learn and strive for. At 30 you are five years removed from a quarter of your life. 30 begins a new chapter: not necessarily middle age, but a time where your life needs to be put in perspective. If you are not where you think you should be, don't blame society, or the government, or family. Take control of your destiny and make it happen!
Pursue your dream whether it be going to and completing college, getting married to the love of your life, becoming a doctor or police officer, making the NBA, NFL, Major Leagues or buying a home.
People will tell you what you should do with your life or stunt your growth. While looking out for others is an admirable quality, don't forget to do you or you may miss out on the satisfaction of realizing your dream.
For me, 30 is not the new 20, but a new start. A clean slate to accomplish what I didn't in my 20's. To ammend for the time I feel I wasted pursuing a career that I probably wasn't ready for. The fact that I may live to see the first Black President of the United States is special, now can I channel the work ethic to achieve my goals as Barack Obama has to reach where he is, that is the 30 million dollar question. If I can, my friends, not only will I be a best-selling author, I will be a blockbuster screenwriter and filmmaker as well as a Grammy winner for the accompanying soundtrack....
Keep Your Eyes Open for me...