A Birthday Story
I'm Twenty-two. Wow, that’s crazy. I know I look 12 and act 25 but I’m extremely grateful for more life and love. 21 was my transition to adulthood year so it’s only fitting that 22 will be about settling into that new phase of my life and adapting to those changes. My journey up until today has been every emotion you can imagine: exhausting, blissful, hard, painful, yet empowering. 2018 really stepped on my neck and reminded me how capable I am but also the dangers of being too comfortable with where I’m at. I am so thankful for every experience that has shaped the woman I am and still becoming. Here’s a mini recap of 3 of the most rewarding things I accomplished last year.
1. I went on my first solo vacation to Mexico. In the midst of heartbreak and despair, I packed one suitcase and booked a flight three days before its departure. Dramatic, I know but it was the most beautiful thing I have ever done for myself. I went for the 6 days and really took advantage of my solitude to reevaluate my life and what I wanted in my life. I learned the importance of grounding myself and knowing when to take sometime away from the noise and reinvest in ME.
2. I had my first solo poetry show and art gallery in November. What an amazing night that reminded me of all the love and support my community has to offer. I have performed at many shows, but never have I had people pay solely to come see my work. That night instilled so much confidence in me and I confronted so many fears simultaneously. What was exceptionally beautiful was seeing all the black women in the room, the way we all acknowledged each other and mutually admired everyone in the room. I am extremely proud of my first solo show and I would definitely have one again!
3. My first Nike x Footlocker Campaign for Black History Month. Being able to give back to the black community while being recognized as valuable community leader was and still is extremely special to me. The campaign was for 3 days, and I got to speak on a few panels and talk about representation and my experiences as a Black woman in front of predominately black youth. It was beautiful. For day 3, the other leaders and I participated in a Community Day, where we facilitated workshops on team building, poetry and personal development skills. We had lunch with all the youth, played games and really exchanged love and valuable knowledge with each other.
Ultimately, 2018 really propelled me for everything that’s about to come. I know that my happiness will not be found at the finish line but within the journey and I’m excited to be present for it all. I’m excited for life. Thank you to everyone who’s been joining this ride with me, I couldn’t possibly be here without the support systems I’ve cultivated. We are only a quarter through the year so to whoever’s reading this, I hope that 2019 is filled with love, growth and an abundance of blessings. You are seen and Thank you for seeing ME.
Rest in Power Nipsey Hussle, one of the most impactful community leaders I aspire to be.
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Learning How to Fly is a visual and written diary series dedicated to all things women and wellness. Through digital storytelling, Keosha shares her personal life experiences and how she navigates her own world and the people around her through the lens of a Black woman. Learning How to Fly reflects on identity, hardships, emotions, love and the lessons they unfold.