Find your niche

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Pieces to a puzzle

You can call me jigsaw

Find the edges, fuck a frame

Defying Newton’s law

Lots of places, tight spaces

Working hard to find the fit

Expectations, limitations

Make it hard to submit

People saying I should settle

& give up the dream

Not counting on my mental

Girl doing big things

Talk all you want, cause I ain’t fronting

Been around long enough

Lioness been hunting

Killin’ it since ’89

Yeah boy, you know me

I may fail, I might fall

But I got that degree

& I would rather be starving

To know I have that hunger

Out on the prowl

Mark of a true hunter

 

24 is the new 19

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Slightly jaded, wide eyed, and ready for something new…

The factory line of success isn’t the same anymore. No longer is the guarantee of a college degree, the social disgrace of divorce or the picturesque American dream.

I dream of living debt free, of having insurance and reliable transportation, of a job I don’t completely hate, of traveling and seeing the world… I tried following the formula and I’m realizing I’m back where I started fresh out of high school–slightly jaded, wide eyed, ready for something new….

Don’t get me wrong, I want a family. I want a husband. I want a career. I want the American dream.

But then again, I’ve seen it in action. We all have, haven’t we? We see our parents, our grandparents, our elders, our teachers, our bosses, our aunts and uncles all go out and try to accomplish it in one way or another. And I’d be crazy if I didn’t reconsider this factory line way of life after everything I’ve seen.

What if instead of worrying about trying to get into an institution we will be indebted to for the next 20 years, we worried about living? Taking advantage of our youth; traveling, discovering, making mistakes, going out on ventures, exploring our talents, feeding our souls? Maybe instead of being scared into the story of life we’ve been fed our wholes lives, we would dare to live differently?

It’s never too late to change the narrative and it starts with yourself.

24 is a second chance for me to do what I should have done in the first place. I want to live in the moment, love truly, learn from my mistakes, take risks, question the guarantees, and build my own system of success.