Zuri - I was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Moved to Lafayette, Louisiana and currently live in Brandon, Mississippi. I've grown up believing in the impossible. I've been taught to strive and conquer my dreams.
Though I am very young, I've faced many obstacles. My father has been absent since I was born, though it was painful to go through as a child, I understand now that it's not rare to have only one parent. My mother tried to find love, but failed many times. With my dad she had poor judgment, along with my younger brother's father. Growing up six years with him was agony. He belittled my older brother and I; Caused us physical and emotional scarring. When he left, my mother met my two younger sisters' father. Just as before, I believe she had poor judgment. Though he supported us, he was emotionally absent; A father to my sisters, but just a man who inhabited a house of people who wanted nothing but love and acceptance. In return, we received hatred and disgust.
When I was seven, I lost the only man who ever treated me as his own child, my grandfather. He was a bright man, and I will never forget something he told me. "No matter where you are, no matter who you are, do what love. Do anything and everything you can to achieve your most wildest dreams. Do not let a single person get in the way of that." Not only did I feel my family was incomplete, but I felt as if, I was insignificant.
In school, I was treated harshly. Pushed into walls, beaten, threatened. In eighth grade, a girl in my class went to the school counselor and told her I was going to kill myself. She didn't question it, kicked my out of school and told me not to come back until I had gotten professional help. So, for almost three years I had a therapist who only criticized me. That's when my love for writing and singing became even stronger. Since I was six, I have written poetry. When I was four I told my mother I wanted to be a singer.
Now, I strive to be a professional poet and singer. But considering I am young and inexperienced, I lack the confidence in order to do so. So, a few years ago a made a website for my poetry. Not so that anyone would view it, but for personal use. I am able to look at how many people view my website in a day or week. In a day, around ten to twenty people. In a week, over one hundred. That is what truly inspires me to keep going. Because I write about experiences that I have gone through throughout my life and knowing that people take their time to read them, is amazing.
When it comes to singing, I have a lot of work to do. When I meet people who are so passionate about what they do, they inspire me. When I talked with Naø (You The Few) about my love of singing, but not thinking I was good enough, she didn't hesitate to tell me how most people do not have confidence when they first begin in something they love. They second-guess themselves very often. She pushed me to keep trying, to practice and to not give up. Because if I were to give up on something I am so passionate about, how will I know what the outcome could have been if I had succeeded?
Growing up with a single parent is difficult. You see them struggle to keep you safe, warm, and well fed. They would starve, just to make sure that you ate something. I appreciate and cherish my mother for all her hard work. Unlike some parents, she wants to support me in anything I choose to do for a living. We have faced so much as a family. To see me doing something I love would make her overjoyed. I want to make her proud.
In conclusion, do what you love, even if you've been through the unimaginable. This might not seem like much, but for my own sake I left out information that is too personal. But, even though I am still a child, I've learned so much in my life. So please remember, do what you love. No matter the obstacles.