Pursuing master’s degree full-time and concurrently working full-time. Yoga enthusiast.
Prompt#3: The reason I still have hope is…
“Almost every general aspect that can be used to describe me has a potentially negative connotation: millennial, woman, black. Over the years, I have been placed in boxes that make it easier for people to define and accept me. Because of who I am, my life has fallen victim to statistics, false accusations, and crude assumptions.
Someone once said to me at a young age, “you’ll never graduate.”
This was just one of my many motives. This is why I strive to be the best I can be. When it seemed the world wasn’t on my side, I found hope. Hope that I wouldn’t turn out to be the way society expected me to be. I worked hard and I proved them wrong. I graduated from high school, I have a bachelor’s degree and soon I will have my master’s degree.
As a student, daughter, sister, friend, and girlfriend, I have experienced the sweet and sour flavors of life. It always seems as if one hardship sails, another is quick to dock on the brink of my sanity. It would be easy to get wrapped up in the worst of it all and lose sight of what really matters but I can’t. I won’t. I would not be where am I today if I had given in to the expectations of society.
Even now, when things seem to be out of my hands, I still do turn to my hope. Though I know I have the power to make a change, hope has never let me down.
Despite my preexisting challenges, I choose to challenge myself further. I’ve found growth in the uncomfortable and I’m loving my endless self-discovery.
Always applaud your victories, no matter how small. Seek the positive in life, even when the lemons seem to be too sour.
I have hope because:
I have a loving father and sister
Great people do exist
I know my time will come
I know there will be change
I know I am capable.”
Alanna, thank you so much for your awesome, empowering post. You have overcome so many challenges in your life and you continually to push yourself to be better.
Change and uncertainty can be scary but in this lifetime it is important that we have hope. It is easy to get bogged down by the negatives of life, especially when everyone around us accentuating them, but together we must raise up and find the positives. When we are faced with adversity, stand together. Treat others equally, we are all uniquely beautiful and important. Meet someone new this week, offer genuine conversation. We have a lesson to learn from each and every person. When hard-work fails, trust the process, have hope.