Still I Rise – Maya Angelou

It’s 10:54 right here (Accra, Gh). I’m lost in my thoughts and I cannot seem to concentrate on what I have to do. The past 2 years has been filled with ups and many downs. I look back and I wish I could have done things the right way or avoided certain mistakes but you cannot change the past.

I think about those who I held close to my heart. You know deep down they really do not like you but you say, ‘we are family so keep trying’. Their words do not come as a surprise. What did you expect?

I believe everyone has their time and in this journey called life, you are your own competition. Maybe it hurts that those you encouraged while they did not know what to do next will turn back and spit at you when you find yourself…lost.

They will mock you for not being able to settle or find direction. Same ones you held up high when they fell flat. As I stare at my laptop, wondering what to do next, I remember this poem from Maya Angelou, Still I Rise.

I have to remind myself, RISE ABOVE IT ALL!

I’m sharing my favorite parts of her poem. Enjoy 🙂

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Read the full poem here.

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