For the next 358 days, I will be writing entries under the title, ‘I AM TROY DAVIS.’ Moved to pick up the pen not merely by Troy Anthony Davis‘ death/execution, but more so by his life/evolution, I hope that there are those out there who can relate. If so, we must connect. We are already connected. Axé.
Perception is everything. Some people look at me and see hope. Others look at me and see evil. Whatever a person sees when looking at me, reflects the true feelings, emotions, experiences, and biases that live inside of them. If someone is judging you, don’t trip. It has less to do about you, and more to do with the judge.
You are beautiful. Believe it. The scars, mistakes, ‘failures’ make you unique. What would Frida Kahlo’s artwork look like without her scars? How could Basquiat pick up a brush if he didn’t know isolation and insecurity? Don’t let another’s opinion of you change anything that makes you who you are.
Judgment is a bad idea, but we all do it. It’s part of how we learn to survive in this world. We learn to categorize and analyze things, people, environments, situations instantly in order to keep ourselves protected from perceived danger, disappointment, pain, etc. Once again, our fears have a lot to do with it. Try to minimize the amount of time you spend walking around judging people, places, whatever. It will free your mind for other more important things – like your dreams!
I wrote a piece about a month ago on this topic. It is called ‘Some Say.’ We performed it at the dead prez show this past August, and we will continue performing it.
My name is Jonathan ‘Jbro’ Mahone, and I am one-half of (RAS) Riders Against the Storm. I AM TROY DAVIS.