When I was a young man my role models were Ken Griffey Jr., Eightball and MJG, Barry Sanders, and Martin Lawrence. Half of you probably do not know who they are, but when I was a child they somehow played a significant part in my life. Ken Griffey made me love the game of baseball. If it was not for Eightball and MJG I do not know if I would of fell in love with music. Barry Sanders show me how to carry myself with dignity and humility. Martin Lawrence showed me how to laugh and enjoy life.
I as a man now I sit back and look at these names, and I am very disappointed, not by them, but by most young men in America. I am telling you that I learned how to be a man from men I have never personally met in my life. Men on TV gave me my values of what I thought a man should be. Now you look at it like hey you got it though. That is very correct I did get it, but what if I would of decided that my role model was Charlie Sheen, Doc Gooden, NWA, and Latrell Sprewell, I could possibly be a messed up individual, maybe not?
I am not telling you that I want to be like my father. I am not telling you the men in my neighborhood took the time to talk and show me how to be a man. I did not learn this from a male teacher. I do not even know if I have ever been taught by a male teacher in my life(besides college). I will tell you who was always ready and willing to talk to me, the dope boys, gangsters, and thieves. They are always ready to teach you the game or how to be a man through their eyes.
I did not learn to walk with my head high or be confident in myself and all my abilities until I went to the military. It takes a village to raise a child. There has to be some type of foundation that needs to be established from the start. Just because a young man is not your child does not mean you cannot give him some words of encouragement. If you have a son, and you take him to a ball game, take another little boy as well. Just because you take care of your own does not mean that you are off the hook because guess what if you were to die you would want someone to step in and teach your son what you can no longer show him.
I love kids. As a man I can tell the impact that you can have on a child life. A female and tell a child to sit down and they may or may not but let a man step in and tell them, guess what, they are going to sit down very fast. Now that you know you will be held accountable.
Remember to keep it GC,