It is difficult at times to keep moving forward with a positive attitude when you are surrounded by so many negative attitudes. I get angry on a daily basis at the negativity and ignorance of Black Americans. This is not to say that these people are not intelligent, I am not saying that. What I am saying is that these individuals appear to be hopelessly trapped in self-inflicted bondage. It's like they have the keys to release the chains, but they are so complacent with the bondage that they don't have the desire to release themselves from it.
It is a painful process. Tommy Lasorda once said, "The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination." I take this to mean that if a person is determined to remain in hopeless situations, then they most certainly will. On the other hand, if the same individuals wish to move beyond the minimal simple pleasures of his or her mind, he or she need to be determined to view the impossible as possible. This is how I have survived my rugged childhood and young adult life. I lived with the eternal hope that the dreadful childhood I endured would one day be turned around and I would not be subjected to hopelessness forever. I believed, I conceived, and now I am living my dream.