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  • I am sure you have a wondrous group of friends. I'm sure your friend group is comprised of so many talents, skills, and personalities. Each one of your friends, and yourself, is uniquely one of a kind. That's great, very great. Now if I were to ask you if you have that one grounded individual in your circle would you be able to answer yes? I mean is there someone close to you moved by music, history, and all things positive? Someone rooted? Are you that person?

    Truth is, not everyone can answer yes to those questions. I don't even know if I could say that about myself. That person is hard to come by, but when you've found them, believe me, you will know.

    Such a person has the ability to pull you in, educate you, appreciate all things, and feel good about yourself. They are driven with confidence. And perhaps their most aspiring aspect of all is their authenticity. This lone soul walks to the drumbeat of life. They are connected to so many things and so true to those things you'd be lucky if you taught them something new. Their mind is so profound, rich with history, compassion, human nature, and self-love (so much self-love).

    This all may sound too good to be true as if I'm creating some mythical god but these few who carry themselves like the music they are exist in our world.

    As much as I would love to be this person I am not. But I know that woman who is. She is truly like no other. She moves to her own rhythms, talks to her own accountability, and loves with no limits. I have known this woman for over a decade and I've witnessed the blossom of life within her. School and family and all the drama that comes with those two things have never slowed her down. Like anyone she experiences the hardships of life but her rise has always been quicker than a fall.

    And it is poetry, not blood, that runs through her veins.

    Joseph, the Cultured one, you are rooted in many things and that is beautiful. I greatly appreciate you in my life. From the music you listen to to the religion you follow and know so much of I appreciate you. I aspire to be like you, to think as blissfully. The universe has so many offerings to present to you. The sun thanks you, your ancestors thank you, and our Earth thanks you for the light you bring to us all. Your culture, your unique culture that needs no name has brought nothing but smiles and positive association into your life. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be in your presence. You have no idea how much you have taught me and encouraged me to live, remaining true to who I am. You have so much to give to our planet and it will greatly appreciate it. This world is ready for your grace, your heart, and your music.

    Here's to another year of being you!

    Photo by B. Joseph (via Instagram)
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