Belonging. Imposter syndrome. Anxiety. Disbelief. Microaggressions. Tainted teamwork. Social awareness. How often do any of these socially conditioned and catalyzed physio-emotional states run through your magnificently melanated being when in spaces that have been dominated by Whites? Being in whitewashed areas can draw up these and many more internal flags. Normal to an extent. Discouraging and debilitating to a dangerous degree. In need of being unpacked and healed… not ignored.
This reality is the essence of western recreation and it is specifically why I took on the title of #RecreationRevolutionary. In my brief cycling career I have made myself more proud than I could have imagined without receiving a test score, grade, raise or big invoice. Mainly because I was the only one who created the horizon I wanted see, researched the ways to develop the path, found the motivations to remain on the best path, and achieved my first and only real goal this far in cycling. Riding 1,000 miles!
Along that journey I have acquired personal inspirations and immense guidance from locals. I was invited into a well known cycling club and found another community that allowed me to be myself in. But there was more to be done – ‘off the bike’ now that my ‘on the bike’ goal had been achieved. More people of color on bikes, racing bikes, designing bikes, building bikes, bikepacking and beyond. As I reviewed the dozens of dialogues I shared with folks on different fronts in the cycling community this year alone I began to sess out action in conjunction with aspirations. “Are folks really about what they be talking ’bout? Or are people leveraging what’s convenient to achieve a certain goal that they are motivated for?”
As in all spheres of Hueman Fraternization (Internal didialogue, family & friend interactions) we find genuine intentions and destructive intentions. Humble and harmonious vibes in environments and those that are the antithesis of such a space. In all these places we need to feel and use sound judgement to ensure our elevation is sustainable and beneficial to not only ourselves but the Planet and ALL its Peoples. This has been my focus for the past 40 days and nights. Weighing truth and action. Speech and relative vibes. Follow through versus social media familiarity. In this heightened time of assessment around a revolutionary reality (America Circa 2021) my heart has become pure and my eyes cleared.
There is absolutely no other way to win than to go all in,
balanced and firm on all ten.
Devoted and dedicated to the revolution,
regardless the preexisting advantages of the competition.
Wakanda Forever is more than a battle cry.
It. Is. My. Life.
Just make sure they put on my tombstone –
“A Guiding Light to the North lies here that rose an did not rest until Wakanda was realized”
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