I speak to the Black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition-about what we can endure, dream, fail at, and still survive. -Maya Angelou
Is it enough to survive? Survival of the fittest? Fittest in what exactly? Physical prowess? Mental strength? Resiliency? We have endured much and continue to endure as a result of our ancestral genetic chain that binds our future to our past as we live in the present. Endurance is in our make up. It is in our blood. It is in our human fiber. I no longer wish to simply endure. No! Endurance while necessary is not enough.
We dream big dreams. We imagine a life beyond ourselves. We are dreamers. It is not enough to dream. Let us create the landscape on which those visions can manifest. Dreaming while necessary is not enough.
Failure is relative. Is it not? Failure is a matter of what we define as success. Take back the definition. Make success ours. Make it meaningful and not material. Failure is a lost battle, a moment when we have to regroup, refocus and start again. Failure is not the end but a new beginning. Failure must be followed by action. Failure while necessary is not enough.
I am not done surviving. I am not done enduring. I am not done with dreams. I am not done with failure. I will engage in all these things to create the space in which the definition of myself is not discolored by the perception or expectation of others.
In this space, this space that I create, this space that I define, this space that I manifest, I will thrive.