I was out & about recently and randomly ended up talking to 3 young African American men. They seemed to be in their late twenties, dressed rather casually and appeared to be complete strangers, but all of them had something in common – all 3 of them worked in the entertainment industry in some shape form or fashion.
As it turns out, one of the young men was somewhat of a celebrity. He is a well-known skateboarder, hailing from Alaska. He is also a motivational/inspirational speaker who is highly sought after around the world. He was in a conversation with another young man who was an author & an actor, and they were talking about the ups & downs of being in the entertainment industry. Another young man was within earshot, overheard the conversation & decided to join in. He is an actor/writer and wanted to network with other African Americans in the industry.
Our conversation ended shortly thereafter; we all exchanged contact information. But before the skateboarder & author walked away, they told me “Don’t give up on us yet.” I asked them what they meant & they said those same words, “Don’t give up on us yet.” The author said to me, “I know relationships can be tough but don’t give up on us Black men yet. We’re here…just don’t give up hope.”
I was so taken aback that I didn’t know how to respond. It was as if he was reading my inner thoughts. Little did he know that earlier that day, I was thinking about how tough dating is & how easy it would be to just give up altogether. But those 6 little words nearly brought me to tears.
Sometimes you just don’t know how some seemingly small piece of advice can go a long way. What type of advice have you received that really helped you?