I’ve been pressing all week to write this post. You see…this post falls on a special day for me. Scorpio season has returned, and it’s your favorite October Scorpios’ bornday! As I reflect on my time on this Earth, I see a maturity and overall evolution as a man. I also noticed a shift in how I act/react to different situations. What was once cool for me to do I’ve move past. Here are a few examples:
I used to love wearing baggy clothes, even though in my teenage years till now I wasn’t “fat”. I didn’t really care for fashion in terms of name brands, trends, visual aesthetics (colors matching, designs). I just wore what felt comfy. I loved sneakers, fitteds, and anything that I could use to play basketball. Now, as I’ve matured, I gained an interest in dressing well. I wear clothes that fit well (NOT SKINNY JEANS), adopted my own fashion style, and still remain fresh in my own way. Still love sneakers and fitteds, but I’ve mixed that with shoes and blazers. The one constant is hair. Waves remain on point no matter what the decade! I used to get designs (no KanYe) but once you get a real job, that has to go bye-bye.
Lack of regard for health
When you are a kid or teenager, you think that you will live forever. You eat what ever you want, and put your body through the ringer because you know you can recover. I should’ve had 7 strokes the way I ate in college (shoutout to Popeyes right down the block from my school!). It took a personal commitment to physical excellence for me to change my ways. I also started to pay more attention to my health after seeing family members pass away and struggle with their health. Speaking as a man who’s family has every Black ailment and then some, I don’t want to go out like that! Now I’m not a vegan, nor do I eat healthy 100% of the time (as I write this, I’m on my way to Wendy’s). However I joined a gym, constantly stay active, and developed a nutrition plan to regulate my weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure. I get quarterly physicals, and I have no fear of doctors. My personal goal to get in the best shape of my life, and to prolong my life by healthy living an eating, help me to focus on my future and allow me to defeat the imperfections of my genetics. No excuses, only results. You can always follow my health and fitness updates on Streetztalk.net.
In my early years, I made a LOT of assumptions about the opposie sex, and formulated my philosophy on sex and relationships on those principles. The main way we all get off that is through experience. From High School to College to the real world, I’ve had enough experiences and literally experienced and witnessed enough scenarios to see how juvenile my thoughts used to be. Sometimes, you need to get your heart broken, get done dirty, or otherwise to help you see things clearer. Every situation is different, and my previous close mindeness, and misunderstandings of the opposite sex, led to many roadbumps, but I’m learning even if I’ll never understand you women!
One Dimensional Music Interests
If you told Streetz circa ’94 that he would enjoy genres of music not named Rap he would’ve bet you anything, and I’d possibly still be in debt now. College (especially watching MTV latenights while working resident safety) helped to expand my repertoire. Music is a form of expression and a beautiful art form, and I’m glad I expanded my horizons. You can catch me bumpin Linkin Park, Maroon 5, Trey Songz, and Gucci Mane all in the same playlist. Don’t judge me!
I was always content to stay home.I had a general interest in travel, but never pressed the issue. I was afraid of planes and still get a little shook every flight. Now, I go different cities, states, and countries at my leisure. I love to travel, learn about new cultures, and see the world outside of NYC. You only live once, so I try to live it to the fullest. I’ve met a lot of good people all over the US and the world, and I matured and gained worthwhile experience as a result of these travels. The partying, wildin’ out, and tons of roadtrip stories make it fun also.
Self reflection helps you to see where you’ve been and where you will travel in the future. It’s theraputic for me, and I hope you can say the same. What about you? Is there anything you used to do that you don’t now? Fashion, friends, professional live, everything is on the table! Let’s explore our growth as individuals, and laugh at the craziness of our past!
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