The story of children of African migrants in Europe
African folks who stopped watching boxing since Mike Tyson lost to Evander Holyfield in 1996 are now talking about Anthony Joshua as if Lennox Lewis, Shannon Briggs & David Haye were straight out of the Marvel print haha I love it.
Anthony Joshua’s path to success is the path of many youths of my generation who’s parents migrated from the African continent to Europe… Black, talented, full of energy & potential, but couldn’t really understand why so many doors were closed to us. Misrepresentation in the media & the lack of role model didn’t help… Without proper guidance we didn’t know what to do with all that energy, plus our lack of discipline got many of us mixed with the wrong crowd. Many of us got involved in criminal activities without a sound argument to backup our decision, but a number of us lost the debate with life six feet under.
However, it only took 1 person to drop the right seed on a fertile brain that our parents had already prepared from day 1… To completely transform us from youths to responsible adults with discipline. Some became adults at 14 & others as early as 45…
We cannot keep on sending the youth to sleep without dreams! If we all leave the house with something to share, & we all meet in Park on a cloudy day… There are chances that the youths will make something out of the experience. It’s sad that there are so many of us who survived that traumatic experience have become bystanders… Looking at the new youths going through the motion of playing Russian roulette with their lives, & not many folks want to become the new seed dropper in their lives. However, all you’ll hear is “this generation is messed up” or “this generation is spoiled” ect…
January - A new year doesn’t always mean that people will change. Stop expecting so much from people that continue to let you down. This is your chance to start fresh. Forget about the troubles and the worries of last year. It’s time to stop looking behind you, and start looking forward.
February - Don’t feel pressured to get into a relationship. You don’t always need someone to buy you chocolates and flowers to show you your worth. Treat yourself. Go out with friends, do something spontaneous. You don’t need to be in a relationship in order to experience happiness.
March - I know how easy it can be to fall into monotonous routines. Wake up, go to school, come home, do your homework, go to sleep, and repeat. Switch things up, even if it’s something small. Wake up early, watch the sunrise, and go for a run. Don’t spend your youth just going through the motions. Live a little.
April - There will be periods of time where all you will feel of yourself is regret and self-hatred. It’s okay. These feelings will pass. Make time for yourself. It’s okay to put your needs ahead of others. You can’t put someone else’s happiness before hours and think you can call that a selfless form of love. This is not the end, push through it.
May - You know the say “April showers bring May flowers”? Remember that. That period of self-hatred you had? Well now it’s your time to flourish. You deserve to be happy. Nurture the flowers growing within you with love, care, and happiness. Remember to always smile, even if you don’t feel like it. I promise it makes a difference.
June - It’s okay to feel overwhelmed by final exams. There’s only so much you can do so just try your best. You’ve made it this far. Summer is coming and soon you’ll be free to do what you wish. You can make it through this final stretch.
July - Don’t waste your summer vacation stuck inside. Go outside and feel the warm sun on your skin. Plan adventures with your friends. Stay out and watch the sunset and look at the stars. You don’t need to travel to have a good summer.
August - I know school is starting and you’re scared, but it’s okay. Remember how you made it through last year? You can make it again. Take it one day at a time.
September - How long has it been since you’ve laughed sincerely? Don’t take everything so seriously. It’s okay to let your guard down. Go out and meet new people. Get out of your comfort zone, time is fleeting.
October - Your first heartbreak will always hit you the hardest. You will break into a million pieces over and over again. I can’t tell you how long this feeling will last but I can tell you that love is not just heartbreak and tears. It is so much more and one day you will find someone who shows you what love really feels like.
November - Everything takes progress. If this wasn’t a good year for you, that’s okay. Remember to surround yourself with people who love you. Take it easy okay? The year is winding down and just think of how far you’ve come. Be kind to yourself.
December - Be proud of yourself for making it through another year. I know it was hard but you did. Don’t punish yourself over the mistakes you’ve made this past year. You’re worth so much more than you give yourself credit for. You deserve to be happy. Remember that you get to start again from a brand new slate. You get to leave all of your troubles and worries behind. You get a brand new year to make new memories, meet new people, read new books. Your life is what you make of it, so make it extraordinary. Breathe in, breathe out and let go. It’s time to start a new chapter in your life. The pages are blank and you get to decide how your story plays out.