Hey guys it’s been a while. I’ve had a lot on my plate these days with teaching, school and building my brand as a community servant…it’s been real y’all, but I’m learning to embrace the struggle as a sign of growth. I’ve sulked less, complained less, cried less and I feel less overwhelmed and it’s because I’ve learned to push through whatever it is that I’m feeling.
Anyways…throughout my day as a teacher, I often times will sit in on a class and observe a teacher for tips on how to deliver my lessons and classroom management techniques and I sit in with the music production teacher. He was giving a lesson on the different genres of music we listen to the most. When he got to the gospel genre, he played a snippet of Mary Mary’s “Can’t Give Up Now” and asked the students why a song like that would be categorized at a gospel song and the students said a variety of answers such as “the song had an inspiring message” or “the piano on the song had a church feel to it.” He then asked the students if they knew the original name of the song that version was sampled from. They didn’t. He told them it was “I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired.” Growing up in church I’ve heard several renditions of that song, but what was interesting was how he framed it in a way that related back to the black struggle and our ancestry.
He asked the students to share a time in black history where our people could relate to this song and after a bit of prompting the students said slavery. He expressed to them that during Harriet Tubman’s journey with the Underground Railroad she would often kill those who were too weak to finish the journey, who got overwhelmed with fear and were a risk factor, or who became too sick to finish the journey…he said think about why you’re here? Think about the people in your lineage that didn’t get tired, who were strong and who pushed through. I was immediately inspired by that message.
The lines of the by Mary Mary song goes: I just can’t give up now/come too far from where I started from/nobody told me the road would be easy/I don’t believe he brought me this far to leave me.
I’m adopting that chorus as my anthem for the remainder of the year because with everything on my plate, there are times when I just really want to drop the ball on some things and just breathe, but I find that the reward always comes from the push through.