"Originality and a feeling of one’s own dignity are achieved only through work and struggle."

  -  22 July

she walks in cursive
her lips rhyme with mine
poetry in motion
i can quote every line

of her existence.

a phenomenal woman, indeed
written in body language
i am willing to read
the greatest piece that i’ve seen
is simply her in her sleep
nothing is more beautiful
than beauty at peace.

her soul is a simile
her mind a metaphor
i’ve been through plenty of books
but this one i’ve not read before

we are pen and pad
every touch, a new line
she is the kind of poetry
that does not leave the mind…

Artist: UnknownKiD CuDi
Title: UnknownThe Dream Time Machine
Album: UnknownWZRD
Plays: 1,439
random verse.

feeling like i’m the greatest rapper alive

but they don’t see your greatness until after you die

still ain’t really made it, people asking me why

i tell ‘em just be patient, that i’m taking my time

most people just wanna pop, while i’m tryna be wine

getting better with age, been writing letters for days

send ‘em in different ways in hopes you finally reply

even if you don’t, i’ll still continue to write

gotta grind when no one’s looking but they’ll see when you shine

gotta make it through the darkness to appreciate light

gotta find out where your heart is and put peace in your mind

gotta get everything right so i don’t get left behind

i already know that i’m one of the greatest rappers alive

but they don’t see your greatness until after you die

open up your eyes and watch me open your mind

i’m gonna get what’s mine, i promise, all in due time.

Success vs. Fulfillment

Life is extremely simple.

So simple that it confuses so many of us. We make the mistake of living life as if it is some sort of mission. Something to be completed. Thinking we’ll be complete once we complete it. So we spend our life completing things that we think need to be completed so we can complete ourselves and ultimately complete this mission we call life, and I think that is completely the wrong way to go about it.

We spend nearly our entire life trying to reach goals someone else has set for us. We spend a majority of our life chasing accomplishments. We are taught if you don’t get the medal, the trophy, the degree, then you have failed. This is not necessarily true, because some losses turn out to be the greatest victories in our lives, but nobody wants to be seen as a failure, so we spend our life running as fast as we can (even if we don’t really want to) hoping to be the first to cross the finish line of “success”. Because being successful is what life is all about… right?

What is success?

In the dictionary, success is defined as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose” or “the attainment of popularity or profit.” This world will try to make you feel as if you have no purpose if you do not meet the criteria of what it has defined as “success.” But there is no right way to live. Your purpose is your purpose, whether “they” agree with it or not. Life should be about finding your purpose on your own, rather than being told what your purpose is. Although I used an example from the dictionary, I believe there is no true definition for success.

Some people try to be deep and say that the definition of success will vary depending on the person, which may be true, but let’s be real, we all have a common belief of what we think “successful” is. Our society equates success with financial stability, nice material things, and the ability to do whatever you want without worry. That’s what we all want. We all want that so bad, that we forget that there are much more important things in life than money, nice things, and the freedom to be reckless. We can attain all those things, but what if we aren’t happy?

There is a difference between being successful and being happy. A difference between filling your bank account and feeling fulfilled with yourself. We spend our life longing for success and worldly rewards, but fulfillment should be  the number one priority. Rather than stressing on how we can receive the most rewards and make the most money and buy the most things, we should focus on how we can be the most happy. We should focus on the steps we should take in order to sustain that happiness. We should be trying to satisfy ourselves. rather than living in hopes of the approval of those around us.

I’m not saying don’t strive for success. I’m not trying to produce any bums. But what I am saying is you should ask yourself a few things before you continue down the path that you’ve chosen for your life.

Is this really what I want to do?

What is my passion?

What do I like?

Am I doing all of this for myself, or for someone else?

Am I happy?

Once you find the answers to these questions, you’ll find that the road to self-fulfillment is much more gratifying than the stressful chase of success. Don’t base your happiness by the world’s standards. Be happy with you and your abilities. Make sure you are becoming a better you everyday. Life is not a mission to be completed. There is no finish line. It is a never ending adventure. An experience waiting for you to take advantage of it and all it has to offer.

Don’t put yourself in a box.

Many people die regretting the fact that they did not lead the life they wanted to live. Some of the richest men die with the saddest souls. Many people don’t begin to live how they really want to until they have a few days left to do so. Don’t wait. Forget about the rewards. Forget about the judgement. Embrace the “failures”. Don’t worry what “they” will think about you. This is YOUR life.

Start living it for you.