Things I learned a long time ago but am now unlearning:
Don’t tell a white man you disagree with him
Don’t tell a white person you are afraid of them
Don’t tell a woman she cannot have a child
I was raised by this deception. Deceived into believing the world would only give you what you wanted if you acted a certain way. And even then, not necessarily what you wanted. Just what was necessary to survive.
None of this is true.
We are realizing we are not all the things we thought we would grow into. Realizing that this is it. Realizing how history repeats itself. Realizing as ambitious and as excited we were in our youth, this rarely continues. Something else takes over. Something else insists.
There’s something missing. A call and response…An echo I’m expecting…we’ve fallen asleep.