Does growing older always mean growing wiser or is it just that we know better not to do those impulsive things as we get older? I grew up in a pretty big family. They’re not all blood relatives, but I watched and help teach some of the children I hung with just the same. Everyone always seemed to come to me for advice or just plain old justice. I was never afraid to stand up for someone, whether being a man or a woman, no matter the circumstances.
It was my mother who taught me such values, like how no one should have to endure the humiliation of being belittled or bullied; and who deserve the same respect as everyone else. Even being considered a “freak” or being “crazy,” people still always respected me and my posse because I demanded it. And, hopefully, because they could see into my loving soul as well as those of my family and friends.
Now that I am wiser, I am more than convinced that the things that we think are going to break us, end up making us even stronger. I am thankful for all the lessons I’ve learned and for the people who were my teachers, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me in the future. I want to thank all of the strong women who came before me and remind them to continue to be strong and inspire as many more people to stay gold like I was taught to be.
– Soul of Aly