By standard logic, Oprah should not be on television since she’s not a typical Hollywood beauty. Tiger Woods should not be able to play golf because he’s (mostly) black. Eminem, a white rapper, shouldn’t be one of the best-selling hip-hop artist of all time. And Sean “Diddy” Combs shouldn’t continue to get acting parts.
But lo and behold, these people DO, in fact, do these things. Today, there are many people who are known for being successful in their various fields – successes that, at one time, were considered something they’d NEVER be able to do by the people around them.
When someone tells you, “Eh, you won’t be able to do ____,” what happens to you? Do you agree with them and decide not to even attempt to do the thing you were hoping to be successful at?
OF COURSE NOT!
If you’re like me, chances are you end up wanting to prove the people making those statements WRONG by working twice as hard. And when you DO finally make it, not only should you be thankful for having done so; you should also be grateful that you, yourself, also become an example to others that they, too, can accomplish their dreams.
After all, if a poverty-stricken Black girl can grow up to be a billionaire, and a white man can go into a musical field dominated by blacks and take over the game, who’s to say you can’t be successful at the thing you’re trying to do?
Ah, being successful at something others said you couldn’t do… now THAT’S something to be thankful for!
– Aaron P. Taylor