So Many Assume. So Little Know.
Being misunderstood has actually been a bigger deal in my life than I’ve realized. Whether it’s been with boys, dreams, or friends. When I was little, trying to understand my ethnicity is where people really misunderstood me. I’m mixed with black and white, I have white people hair, and I can get really tan. So, you could only imagine peoples facial expressions (especially in the summer time) when I would be out eating with my mom and we’d receive different checks for our food. Or when I transferred to a new school and everyone would come up to me speaking Spanish. I used to swear to my mom that I was adopted because it felt like no one could understand that I was her daughter. I still get that to this day and it’s just natural to me when I see the look on peoples faces trying to understand “what I am.” But, now I just find it funny and I look at it saying that I’m unique.
When it comes to music, I love how much I could prove people wrong. I have a soulful and unique voice. People would say to me “You don’t look like you can sing.” I would look so confused and just say “How am I suppose to look?” But, once I got on stage and did what I do best. People that heard me will now forever say “Yeah, she can sing!” I will never forget my freshman year of high school this little girl came up to me after a performance and said “I want to be just like you.” I didn’t know this little girl and I didn’t even know who’s family she belonged to. But, I’m glad I touched her soul the way I did. Even if it was only for a second. Lionel Richie once said at the Grammy’s “Soul is feeling, not color.” I believed that little girl only payed attention to what I could do and that meant more to me than anything that day!
We’ve all been misunderstood in some way shape or form and we have all misunderstood someone else. Even if we haven’t realized it. But, showing what you’re made of and proving what you can do to the people who doubted you is one of the best feelings you can have. It’s an obstacle and practice makes perfect. For example, when you walk into an interview, you get judged on how you present yourself to the person who’s hiring you. “When you look good, you feel good, you do good.” That is something I’ve always been told by mom when I started applying for jobs in high school. Being judged at first sight will never end. It’s something that will sadly always be there every step of the way. Don’t get discouraged. Remember, Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. Show them what your really made of and keep slaying!