This One is for You Gerald

Life is hard and there are always people waiting to prey on your weaknesses. There are always people waiting for your plans to fall through so that they can rejoice, either silently or with an “I told you so”. But there are also people like Gerald. People who clap it up for you when you’re doing good and clap harder when they know that its what it will take to get you through the finish line. The Gerald’s of the world check in when they sense something is off and check out when they know you need space. No strings attached. Just genuine kindness.

Everyone needs a Gerald or two because life is a rollercoaster. When you’re down a Gerald will help you believe in yourself again. And when you’re up a Gerald will serve as a loving critic. And whether we want to admit it or not, we all need loving critics.

You see, the more successful you become, the more you do your thing, the harder it is for people to tell you the truth. A loving critic will tell you the truth, even if it hurts, with the intention to empower you- to make you better. A hater will withhold truths from you in the hopes that they throw you off your game or feed you false truths in the hopes that you believe them about yourself and lose your oomph.

The truth sets us all free. And the truth is that we can all win. We can all live the type of life we want. Whether we are comfortable being on the stage or in the audience, we are all made up of the same stuff. Those of us that choose to be on stage sometimes seem to shine a little brighter, but those of us that are in the audience have the absolute power of choosing what show we want to watch. Its power nonetheless. Remember that the sun and the moon do not hate on each other, they just shine. Different times, different strengths, but they shine nonetheless.

If you have a Gerald in your life, hit them up, be the one to check in on them for a change. Clap it up for them.

And if you don’t have a Gerald then maybe you have to tell yourself some truths. Be your own Gerald for a little bit. Buff yourself. Improve your shine.

 I am forever grateful for Gerald and for all the other Gerald’s in my life. Without you guys I’d be lost. I shine thanks to you!

Sending you a text right now Geraldito!





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