Fearless Thoughts

I’m Back. . .

After a much needed rest, when I thought about how I know nothing of the future and how important it is to do what keeps me sane and happy, I’ve come back to blogging.

It’s official – I love it! (Hopefully you’ll come across something you love too!)

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What happens today?

There’s an exercise for writers when we don’t know what to write. It says just write I don’t know what to write over and over again until you figure something out.

I’m not going to do that here but I want to take a minute to acknowledge the wall created by real & perceived expectations.

I’ve decided to push myself & I know I will fail at some point at something but I refuse to let my inevitable failure curve my ambitions.

Is the risk the same walking under the ladder as walking up?

Brownsville, Fearless Thoughts

Inside v. Outside

Sometimes I look out on Brownsville and all I see is beauty.  The word projects doesn’t seem to describe the buildings from the outside.  When I go other places I see buildings that are built the same with the same brick and the same number of floors but I know that those places are not projects because of the zip code.

When I walk through Brownsville these days I see shelter for families, communal areas for friends, people working and succeeding, kids going to school everyday and working towards their future.

On the inside people are not sitting around feeling sorry for themselves, hoping someone or something will come and save them.  On the inside people are relaxing, laughing, and enjoying each other’s company.  A word will conjure an image but that is only one perspective.

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Be About It

I listened to someone go on and on about how people are supposed to behave and speak and then I watched them speak disrespectfully and act harshly towards someone else.

It’s a common thing.  I’ve run into it often.  The people who think they have the right to speak to and treat people anyway they feel like and then the rest of the time tell people how to talk to and treat others.

I’m just sick of listening to the person who talks about respect (how they deserve it and how important it is) and then watching that same person disrespect someone.

So I just want to say if you can’t Be About It Then Shut Up About It.

Brownsville, Facing Forward, Fearless Thoughts

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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This photo has hung in my dad’s apartment for as long as I can remember.  I’ve never asked him about it because it’s presence always seemed self explanatory.

Recently as I’ve been thinking of my aging parents and how they’ve lived through so much of the Black history I’ve studied, I pause when I think of Dr. King the man and Dr. King the leader.  He was quite exceptional at being both.

In my past few years in NYC I’ve learned that men should not be judged by their mistakes because there is no human being past present or future who can live without making them.  I see men in terms of the lives they touch in a positive way while they’re living and after they’ve past.

I wasn’t alive when Dr. King gave his I Have A Dream speech and like Jerrod Carmichael said the speech might be easier for people of my generation to remember if Pharrell had produced it.  But Dr. King continues to touch our lives in a positive way because at the beginning of every year we stop and remember his Dream and we’re reminded of all the work we have to do to fulfill it.

Fearless Thoughts, It's Not Stamped On Your Forehead

Destiny

In the midst of working on my first off Broadway production I keep in mind that there is only one first show.  This is no time to hold anything back or second guess every decision.

Even though there have been people who have told me that nothing could come of this there are others who say that this may be my destiny.  Only time will reveal the truth.

What I do know and feel is that I am at the beginning of something.  I do not know when or how it will end but I know that it is the start of something real.  I hold onto that feeling and work with little thought of the things that could or could not happen.

You can buy tickets to my first show – It’s Not Stamped On Your Forehead – at NatashaCobb.com – Be apart of my beginning!

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From Where I Sit

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Just Do What Makes You Happy

The truth is that this statement is easier said than done.  And sometimes you don’t know what makes you happy until you start doing it.  But sometimes you know exactly what makes you happy from a very early age and for whatever reason you give yourself you do not do it.

Other people may notice that you are unhappy and encourage you to do what you love while you wonder if they are truly happy themselves.  You might think how can an unhappy person tell another unhappy person to do what makes them happy.  Why aren’t they doing what makes them happy?

Not all people have to be happy with their entire lives.  Some people can absolutely love one aspect and hate another and still be happy.

But if you’re like me you seek total happiness.  If one aspect of your life is horrible then that impacts how you feel about everything else in your life.  Total happiness is next to impossible to maintain but if you’ve settled for less for a long time (as I have) then I believe you deserve a period of complete joy.

Everyone wants to just do what makes them happy.

But first you have to figure out what that means for you and go after it.

 

 

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What goes into a lifestyle?

I’ve been thinking of how in order to lose weight I have to make a lifestyle change.  I know I have to stop eating burgers, fries, fried chicken, etc. and get on a regular exercise schedule.  I’ve know these things for years.  And yet I’ve been unable to get going and actually make the change.  I feel like if I give these things up I will give up a part of what makes me who I am because I’ve been the person who eats that way my entire life.

I also now understand that a lifestyle change is so difficult because it is a change in mindset.  The change in my lifestyle is a change in my personality and I’ve been pretty much the same person for quite some time now.

And it’s really not about one day at a time.  It’s about the long run.  I can do things for one day, for several weeks, for several months.  But I have to get to a point where I can maintain the change for several years and I just haven’t gotten to that point yet.

My mom says I can do anything I set my mind to.

My mind is both the problem and the solution.

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Comfort in the Uncomfortable

Whenever I start something new I get a tingling in my stomach that creeps up into my throat.  I try to take deep breaths to make it go away but that only moves the tingling to my head.

It is only once I begin to work that the discomfort starts to ease and I lose myself for a bit in the things I have to do.  At this time of focus there is a calm.  I’m not sure if things will work out and I don’t think about all the things that could go wrong.

It is then that I realize that the tingling is necessary and the unease essential because the only way over it is to work without fear.