Author: Norlita Brown
Title: Look Down on Me
Traditionally speaking, inspiration comes from someone who is older than you. Someone who has been where you are and paved a pathway to make the road easier for you to travel. Many times when we look for inspiration, these are the people we seek out. Post photos on our wall, close our eyes and dream that one day that will be me! We smile at the thought of success we know we will achieve now that there is someone who has planted a seed of inspiration within us.
Gabrielle Douglas, 2012 Olympic Gold Champion has become my inspiration. At 16 years old, she is more than half my junior. Yet, she disciplined herself in her youth to represent young women and African American’s in the United States of America. As I wrestle everyday with my constant weight gain, I turn and look at a young lady who believes in herself and therefore she is exactly where she wants to be.
I feed my mind positive thoughts, telling myself, “Excuse yourself from excuses, you’ll love the results.” Yet, with all of the encouragement I can muster from within, the results remain the same. I find more things to do in a day which does not include exercise. I exhaust myself with the many tasks and then give myself the excuse that I’m tired, I’ll try again tomorrow. Picking up junk food that is one of the primary causes of the weight gain, relishing in the moment of it, as I promise myself I’ll start fresh next week. Neither tomorrow nor next week has come as the constant battle with the scale remains each morning.
What has come is today, a new beginning, a new change - an inspiration in a small package that didn’t come from someone older than I; it came from someone younger. Someone whose age I should be an inspiration to. She has come barreling through the doors with the fact that sometimes you have to look down, to look up!
In my youth, I dreamed of being a writer. I wanted to be the next Toni Morrison or Zora Neale Hurston. I wanted to be known for my poetry as the next Maya Angelou. In my maturity I have come to understand that they have lived their lives, I need to live mine. So, as I look to those who have come before me and those who are coming after me, I admire them for their accomplishments and I’m impressed by what they have achieved. I am inspired by them, but now I no longer aspire to be them, but to be the best me that I can be. I want to be Norlita Brown. Let the pages of my life unfold as they may, but allow me to achieve the dreams that I seek after. Gain the strength, encouragement and motivation to overcome the trials that are set before me. I thank Gabby so much for achieving a dream so young, because now I understand that if she can, so can I.
There are a few motivational speakers that I would like to leave you with:
Be blessed. Be motivated. Be encouraged. Be YOU!