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To Whom It May Concern:

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I’m currently sitting by the fireplace typing this blog, thinking about life and how far I’ve come.  My birthday is tomorrow and every time I reach a new milestone, I always tend to reminisce on my past, compare it to my present and make a new outline for my future.  I don’t know who’s reading this, but I hope that someone can take something positive from it and allow themselves to be open to the many possibilities of life because you can do anything you want to do.

Right now, my family and I are caring for my grandmother, who’s battling cancer, my grandfather who just had lung surgery, and my maternal grandmother who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.  It seems as if my life and dreams have been put on hold as I try to help care for my family and that’s alright!  Family first!  As I sit and think about being a year older, I can’t help but recognize how much my priorities have changed.  Usually, I’d be throwing a party or planning some over the top shindig but today, I’m just thankful to be alive and to still have my family with me.  I see so many people, especially on social media, who like to show off their material possessions and that’s all well and good.  If you work hard for something, there’s nothing wrong with showing it off but I don’t see many people who give thanks to God as much as they thank their “fans.”  I’m in my feelings today because, in spite of everything going on in the world, there are still people who are so wrapped up in worldly possessions and impressing society that they neglect the things that actually matter.  Funny how everyone becomes religious when someone dies or when they’re going through a rough time.  If you can’t acknowledge God when things are going good, how can you expect his covering when things are going bad?  Temporary Christians kill me.  Over a hundred people have just died in Paris, racism is more prevalent than ever, families are suffering, children aren’t even safe in schools anymore and celebrities like Floyd Mayweather are posting videos of strippers in his home on social media.  These are the people who have influenced our young people today and it’s sickening.  I don’t care how much money you make on this side of life, you can’t take any of it with you when you die and the same God that you ignored and neglected will be the same God that you will plead to in order to be saved.  “Every knee will bow…”

I know I’ve said a lot, but my point is to encourage people to wake up.  Life is so much more than nice clothes and money.  Once you open your eyes and mind to the true beauty and meaning of life, you will experience a type of joy that only God can give.  This year, as I celebrate my birthday, I am thankful for my life, my parents who work themselves to the bone to support my dreams, my sister who has and will always be my best friend and “partner in crime,”  my grandparents whose love doesn’t go unnoticed, and for you reading!  Thank you for listening and allowing me to be vulnerable.  In spite of everything that I’m being faced with today, God is still good and I can’t help but to smile today because, after each storm, I’ve always seen a rainbow or sunshine.  Be thankful for the things that matter and give praise to the creator of the material things that you worship.  Just get real, change your focus, and stop worshiping man and get intimate with the creator of man.  It’ll change your life!

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