As long as I can remember, I've always had the desire to model my somewhat unrealistic standards of life after extraordinary beings capable of superhuman feats of power, as many impressionable youth...
From imaginary friends, to comic book characters, to spiritual and historical figures, to super stars and entertainers, I've scoured both the world and time itself in pursuit of omnipotent beings for which I could base my life...only until recently realizing that I was attempting to solve an internal dilemma by external means...the answer had been inside of me all along; I was it.
My only wish is that everyone attains some degree of refuge within themselves to any extent, whatever the cost.
It's my dream that yours are fully realized.
Our attempt to understand our journey through life can yield varying results and ideologies. Being the rational creatures that we are, we have the tendency to categorize the events in our lives as either positive or negative, according to our perception of the event, largely determined by whether or not it is parallel to our personal interests. Although this method might appear to be a useful means of categorization at a glance, it also hinders our ability to consider the possibility of destiny, therefore inadvertently relinquishing our ability to determine our fate, in accepting the belief that the odds are stacked against us. Only once we realize that we have the ability to create our own destiny and shape the world around us will it then begin to change.
It is for these aforementioned reasons that our perspective of life very well may be the single most influential factor on how we live our lives, as each and every action we take is dependent on a decision founded in relation to our view of the world in which we live.
This is mine...
I wrote Inferno 2 years ago, during what was probably one of the most turbulent times of my life. After making the decision to leave school (to my family's dismay), I left my parent's home at age 20 with little more than $300 in my pocket, my phone, my laptop, my jeep (which died 3 weeks later), good friends, my rhyme book, and a vision, which was admittedly unclear at first, but refined over time. Some might even argue that I was richer than most. Shrouded in a cloud of doubt, uncertainty, and insecurities, I did the only thing I know how to do - I survived - just as I have every day since.
I tell you all this because I'm frequently asked by other artists how I've gotten as "far" as I am in my career. And my answer is always the same, regardless of what your passion is or how far you are in the pursuit of it: Be about it. Because if there's anything that I've learned in life, it's that if you want something bad enough, excuses won't prevail. You will.
2 years later, I'm proud to say that I've been fortunate enough to share my vision with you.
There's a fire inside that I refuse to let die...
Your success can only be as big as its justification; the truth is that suffering is a part of life. The key is not to avoid suffering, but rather to find something worth suffering for.
The purpose of life is to be. Everything has its place in life, from cows to rakes. But you'd be hard pressed to find a cow that is equally efficient in raking your leaves. I wouldn't ask a cook to paint or a painter to cook, just like I wouldn't draw with a spoon or cook with a pencil. But people are more complex. So the question isn't what's your purpose in life, but rather ask yourself what are you naturally drawn to. What is your duty in life, the legacy that you will forever be remembered for? And you might have more than one answer. Represent- what do you stand for? If you stand for nothing, you'II fall for anything. So many people either stand for nothing, or don't know what they stand for, and just as with currency and anything else in life, the more of something there is, the less value it has. Knowing what you represent is a great way to not only add value to your own life, but to the lives of others as well. So what will your legacy be? What will you be remembered for? As I said before, everything in life has its place. Fortunately, you have the freedom to decide where that will be. The purpose of the human being is in the name itself, to be human. It is outside of our capacity to do otherwise. All you can do is you. And that's something that no one can tell you how to do. I am One who May Ascend, and you can expect me to do just that.
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