On Saturday, June 11, 2016 “The Stage” was set in the private location of the Charlotte Trolley Museum on a street of Charlotte, NC filled with art and a lively energy that was infectious.
When entering the facility, attendees were greeted with the message:
“All the world’s a stage.”
And from then on, it truly was.
From the neo soul and jazz vibes of the music played, to the lovely cocktails of the contributor, “Just a Sip.” The atmosphere of #TheStage16 was created for everyone to embrace each other and, well, embrace themselves for being present and in the moment.
I found myself soaking it all in. After all, I hardly could believe I had received an invitation to this magnificent event.
The Stage was created to highlight creative + introspective individuals fulfilling their purpose.
The honoree class of #TheStage16 was a direct representation of that focus.
Each honoree has made a name for themselves and has created a positive impact in their communities. It is a positive influence for those who attended the stage like myself who are just entering the realm of “the real world” and trying to decide which path to embark on.
I took away small things from each person’s introduction and words of advice.
“Be the change that you want to see.”
“Follow your passions and dreams. Money will come. That’s not your motivation.”
“Always be a reaching hand for someone.”
“No matter what adversity comes your way, don’t worry. God isn’t going to let you fail.”
“Everyone has a responsibility to make this world a better place.”
Even getting the chance to interact with friends and people I’ve met for the first time was an enlightening experience.
I remember sitting on one of the couches as I ran into two of my colleagues from the University of South Carolina. We had a full conversation about being the change we wanted to see in our communities and challenging others to do the same.
We also discussed how difficult that could be at times when others around you are not ready to see you make those strides. I responded with a couple of quotes myself.
“You have to be your biggest supporter, your biggest investor, your biggest everything.“
I am lucky to be gravitating towards people who want to see positive change just as much as I do, but also being a new graduate and having gone through several transitions with friends and career opportunities, I realize the importance of valuing yourself.
If you see no value in yourself and who you are, what you are capable of, and you don’t believe in your own dreams and your ability to carry that out, then the journey can be even more difficult because you’re no longer fighting the world, you’re fighting against yourself.
All of these enlightening thoughts came to me in this moment. The Stage.
Having seen what it’s like to see plans fail, friends come and go, opportunities enter into my life that I never imagined would be possible to achieve, I realize that the world truly is my stage.
Coming from the small town of Kingstree, SC where not a lot of opportunities are made available for young people with dreams who want to see the world because they are made to think that it will never be possible for them to achieve greater, it meant a lot to be standing in a room looking at individuals who have defied the odds.
Even the creator who made all of this possible, Mr. Bryant Kirk White, is and has always been since our first meeting, a living example that all of my visions have a canvas.
Jeremiah 29:10 “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place.”
The next verse talks about the plans that God has once that hard work is completed. All put into perspective by this great.
Even as I am typing this, things are not all perfect, but things are all aligning in the greatest way possible, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
“All the world’s a stage. What will you do with it?”
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