I am special because_______. Can you fill in that blank? Do you even consider yourself as a special person? Do you know that there is something that only you can do and that the world needs you here to do just that thing?
Today, fifteen years ago, Tupac Shakur “died” from gunshot wounds. Tupac understood his role. He was a poet who could put his poems to music to inspire or rile people. He commented on the state of society as he saw it. He said the following daily quote:
I don’t see myself being special; I just see myself having more responsibilities than the next man. People look to me to do things for them, to have answers.
Tupac never said, “I am special because I’m a star rapper”. He never said, “I am special because my parents were Black Panthers.” He never said, “I am special.” for any reason that I know of. He was a very special person. He saw, and accepted his responsibilities to the public. He knew that people were looking to him to be the voice for them and to have the answers for them. He dropped some amazing wisdom on people. He exposed the daily struggle in his world. He was always speaking up and out for what he saw and experienced. He said things in his songs like:
You know it makes me unhappy (what’s that)
When brothas make babies, and leave a young mother to be unhappy
And since we all came from a woman
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
I think it’s time to kill for our women
Time to heal our women, be real to our women
And if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies
That will hate the ladies, that make the babies…(lyrics from Keep Ya Head Up)
Repeat after me: I am special because I exist. I am special because I have something to say. I am special because I experienced things that I can use to help other people. I am special because I am me. Keep ya head up. Make this a, “I am special because…” day!!!!