Seventeen years ago today September 13. Hip-Hop loss a great artist, that change and inspired the world in an untraditional way...
“Tupac has sold over 75 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Rolling Stone Magazine named him the “86th Greatest Artist of All Times.” When Tupac Shakur was young he loved dance, music and acting. He attended the Baltimore School of the Performing Arts, studying acting and dance. He left a lasting impression on his teachers, because he was not only gifted but he was intelligent.
Because of his intelligence he was able to diagnose the ills of the world. He believed that if we change our thought process, we could change the way we treat each other, and the world would be a better place for all of us to live. He ultimately wanted people to change so that they could help the poor children that lived in the inner cities of America. He felt that people should not be afraid of inner city youth, but embrace them for their differences and help them to become productive citizens in the world. He wanted people to open not only their hearts but their minds. His sentiments on change ran so deep that he wrote a beautiful poem on how allowing one’s mind to change can open one up to a world of opportunities.
His sentiments on change are as follows,
“If you walked by a street and walked by concrete and you saw a rose growing from the concrete, even if it had messed up petals and it was a little to the side, you would marvel at just seeing a rose grow through the concrete. So why is it that when you see some ghetto kid grow out of the dirtiest circumstances and he can talk and he can sit across the room and make you cry, and make you laugh, all you can talk about, is my dirty rose, my dirty stems and how I am leaning to the side, you can’t even see that I’ve come up out of that.”
The way that we can press forward in the world is by changing the way that we think. If we want a different experience we are going to have to re-evaluate our ways of thinking that limit the opportunities that we can gain from embracing other people.
Embrace other cultures: When you embrace other cultures, you open yourself to a new world of opportunities, and you learn more about who you are.
Accept when people change: When people transform for the better, don’t hold them to their past. People are not their past, they are their future.
Change the way you think: If you change the way you think, you can think of ways to make the world a better place for yourself and other people.
Great things can happen for you and other people when you embrace change. Don’t be afraid to change, it is a proven element that lets you know you are growing from your experiences in life.
From the book Celebrity Inspired Inspirations by Yolanda Gibson