“It’s like if you plant something in the concrete and if it grow and the rose petal got all kinds of scratches and marks, you ain’t gonna say, ‘Damn, look at all the scratches and marks on the rose that grew from the concrete.’ You’re gonna be like, ‘Damn, a rose grew from the concrete?’”
Tupac was a man of mystery. This quote, in particular, has stuck with me because it’s a scenario, I’ve seen play out over and over again. Instead of admiring the rose, they trash the rose. Instead of applauding the rose, they point out its blemishes. The thorns that the rose carries outshined its natural beauty. By the rose, I mean, people who have come from nothing. Those who have grown amongst the concrete aka flourish in harsh environments. That inner-city kid, with everything stacked against him, that somehow manages to rise and make something of himself. Rather than applauding this kid, people search for reasons not too.
I love this quote because it is motivational and at times a reality check when I need it.
A reminder of sorts.
To all those people stuck in the struggle. Just know someones is cheering for you.
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