I'm starting a blog and doing it for a few reasons.
1. I need to keep some type of journal.
2. I have things to say that I think people will find interesting, thought provoking, funny and sometimes inspiring.
3. I heard bloggers get free stuff.
It's my understanding that most blogs have a specific topic or genre. I have no idea what lane my blog will find its home in, mostly because I don't know what lane my own life is in.
I'm a LDS black man, raised by immigrant parents, who moved every 3-4 years, currently living in Utah, married to a white girl, who is pregnant with our first child, that will grow up in a time where everything his/her grandparents knew is now backwards. My West Indian parents raised my sister and I in the suburbs, where, solely based off looks, I didn't fit in. In 7th grade I had to learn Black culture from my Baptist friend down the street because my parents grew up cooking ackee and salt fish instead of cornbread and collard greens. I first heard 50 Cent the same year I was introduced to Megadeth. The track listing on my, Limewire curated, burned CD's sounded like a commercial teaser for the 2004 MTV Awards — featuring performances from Snoop Dogg, Lil Bow Wow, Sean Paul, Evanescence, Incubus and Ja Rule. Looking back it was a confusing time, but I was none the wiser.
Fast forward about a decade and here we are.
I've been put in the fortunate and curious position of viewing cultures, ethnicities, socioeconomics and religions from the lens of the kid that had to learn to fit in. If you ask any military kid, they could tell you how important it is to be able to blend in. Learning new slang, new cultures and new perspectives were a must. Learning them quickly was a given. My K-12 experience seemed like a discourse on The Life and Times of Chameleons more than anything else. What I'm saying is that I became really good at seeing the world through everyone else's eyes, so good that sometimes I wasn't sure if I'd ever seen the world with my own eyes. Now, at 25 years old, I've realized that seeing the world through borrowed lenses has given me a much wider view on society and it's many parts than I could have ever garnered on my own.
I'm starting a blog and I'm not 100% sure what genre it belongs in or where it will go. All I can promise is that it will be an adventure. I hope you subscribe below and stick around to enjoy it with me.