I have accomplished and experienced so much that I can't take that for granted.
Yes, I may not be where I want to be or even where I saw myself at this age but the respect I have from my peers is seriously amazing and rewarding. There's a trust with them, a trust they have with me, which I value like no other. I honor that with all my heart.
Sometimes we can get so caught up in our "plans" or our "goals" that we miss the simple successes around us. Not saying not to work for it or that I haven't worked for it, but we miss the simple things.
I've been chasing music since I was 14 years old. I have seen and experienced a lot and that still wasn't what most have. Honestly, I praise God that I haven't. That I was wise enough and covered in God's grace that I wasn't expose to certain things this industry can seduce you with and still be in the company of what this industry labels as greats. That's successful.
So, I have made it. I've made it in the fact that I still have my integrity, my morales and I'm not completely damaged by what this industry can do. I can still see why I love this language called music. How it still sets me on fire.
That excitement, after all these years, is success.
And if I never make it to the BET stage, or never accept a NAACP award, I have still traveled the world through music, I have still learned so much from insanely gifted people, I'm not damaged by this industry. That's something to be thankful for and I'm thankful .
So, I say to anyone reading this, don't look at your journey as less than. Sometimes, God has bigger plans and other times God keeps you from danger and Him knowing us, knows exactly what we can handle. And sometimes those dreams we have for ourselves open doors to what our purpose truly is. So you go through a type of training ground to the bigger blessing.
So, every moment, still in love with what you love, is a gift!
Be thankful and keep walking, with your head held high, shoulders back, because He is taking you where YOU belong.