The Journey Begins

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via 3 Train to New Lots
Bye Bye Brownsville
Bye Bye Brooklyn
Bye Bye NYC

I finally made it! Finally stepped out on faith and left NYC. Words can’t describe how liberating this feels to have made this move. I’ve been wanting to do this for over 10 years and never made it happen. At first, I just wanted to go away to college to be away from my parents, thinking I was grown. Then it turned into me wanting better for my daughter.  Yes, I grew up in Brownsville.  But, I did not want the same for my daughter.  If my parents knew some of the things I experienced growing up, they probably would have lost their minds and got us out of the hood ASAP. But, it didn’t work out that way. So we stayed. It’s been 26 years that I’ve been in Brownsville. I’ve experienced violence around my house and school. Horrid memories. Things seemed to have gotten better but now it seems to me that as rent increases, people’s sanity decreases. It disgusts me actually. But, whose fault is that that I’ve been grown for so long but still in the same hood? No one to blame but myself. So I did it. I took the leap. I got my ass out of Brownsville.  For my daughter,  for my parents, for me. I wish better for my child than I had. Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT a product of my environment at all! My parents gave me everything I ever needed, and I always had a great support system, hard-working parents, and a strong village of people who would have never let me fall through the cracks.  My parents did a great job making sure that I was always independent and level-headed. I wish the same for my daughter as she grows up in our new neighborhood.  I want great things for her. More opportunities to be safe, an abundance of extracurricular activities, and inner peace. We need this!

This move will be awesome! It will be tough especially without my mother. But guess what? I know I can do it, and I will. I’ve always been the type to change my circumstance when I’m unhappy.  I will continue to do the same, because we have one life to live. Why not live it to the fullest? Life is not about struggle on purpose.  If you don’t like something, change it. The power is in you. Stop the excuses and make sh*t happen. For yourself,  for your parents, for your children.

The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. — Tony Robbins



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