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Aspire to Inspire by @Love_Chan

Aspire to Inspire by @Love_Chan

What happened to dreaming big and wanting more? Why are so many people so easily impressed? Throw some bullshit together that makes a couple of dollars, gets a few likes and everyone is satisfied. Where is the substance? What happened to being a person of substance? People are “inspired” by bullshit these days. Without thinking too much, I’m sure you can come up with a few “inspirational” people who really haven’t accomplished a damn thing. There has got to be more to life than designer and celebrity boyfriends. There has got to be more than bad bitches and hookah.

What you glorify is what you become.

Be more than the pretty face and nice body with 100k followers and likes. Be more than the guy that buys stuff just to shit on people who don’t have it as “good”. When you have THAT great of an audience, you really have to use it for more. Granted, you may not start a cancer research charity, become a social media mogul or CEO of a large corporation but at least help set up and secure your future. If you aren’t really advancing from it, why bother?

It kind of seems like people have lost sight of what is important. How can you have no real goal in mind? “THIS” can’t be “IT”. When I think about it, there are very few who are glorified for being positive influences and motivators. Social media makes it easy and hard at the same time. The majority of what you see are the reality stars and those who have a negative impact on the mind.

Why is there such a limited quantity of quality? We have the Karen Civils, Julia Beverlys, Zim Ugochukwus and Necoles but why aren’t more in the spotlight for making a positive impact? For being a positive influence? 

So many people have the “I can’t save the world” attitude but you fail to realize that the person who may in fact bring about change may be watching you. Thankfully, I’ve always had a positive figure in my life. My grandmothers are the best thing since central AC. They are both homeowners, parents, grandparents and women of substance. Classy women. There is nothing that I can ask either of them and not get an answer. They’ve balanced careers, families and a household. For that alone, they’re awesome in my eyes. Della served 32 years with New York’s Department of Corrections and Sheila graduated from Fordham University while taking care of her children. Although I don’t always follow their advice, I know that it came from a good place and is always available. Their perseverance has led me to believe that life is what you make it. It won’t be perfect or a breeze but it’s definitely worth it. 

Honestly, all it takes is one. Each one, teach one. If you can inspire one person, they may pay it forward and start a chain reaction. It may not be a big change but some is better than none. Not everyone has that positive person in their life. Where do you think the neighborhood mom and dad came from? Someone stepped up and wanted to help. 

Be the inspiration that you once needed.

Set the bar high. Come up with absolutely unrealistic goals. Soar high. Line your goals up and knock them down. Your determination, dedication and perseverance will pay off. When it does, don’t forget to pay it forward. Let’s all be great and aspire to inspire one another.

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