GUESS WHO’S BACK, BACK AGAIN, AJ’S BACK, TELL A FRIEND.
Ayeeeee if you didn’t read that first line in Eminem’s voice then we got real issues.
That’s right though, I took a long damn break from here, my last post was in 2016 which is terrible. I apologise ya’ll.
So what have I been doing during all this time? Honestly, life has been crazy. 2017 was undeniably one of the most challenging years for me from some serious lows to some extreme highs. I experienced turbulence as well as memorable exciting moments from personal affairs, health problems to business ventures. John Lennon had this quote “everything will be ok in the end, if it’s not ok it’s not the end” something I’ve kinda had to keep in mind when things didn’t go the way I planned. There’s nothing wrong with making plans, I mean it’s only natural to set out goals for yourself but what you do need to be prepared for is overcoming obstacles and realising life is so unpredictable.
“It’s the unexpected that changes our lives”
You know them ones that front and say “I stay winning” yeah na, I’ve definitely had achievements but I’m also brave enough to say I’ve taken a few L’s in the past year. Prideful AJ would’ve never admitted that back in the day but you have to trial and error, it’s the only way you live and you learn.
I’ve met some amazing people that play an integral part of keeping me motivated. They help me elevate by constantly inspiring, encouraging and supporting me. They’re the type of homies you need around. One of my girls praised me and said “I’m really proud of the women you are maturing into” she then checked me and said “what happened to your blog, that was your thing” told her I didn’t have time or that it wasn’t my priority anymore, truth is I was just lazy. I didn’t make time or make it my priority. What a bum mentality.
Right now, it’s a Saturday night, first quiet one I’ve had alone in a while. I have a deadline on Monday so I thought I might as well get some work done. In the background I was listening to Chris Stapleton – Tennessee Whiskey. I couldn’t even concentrate because his voice was giving me shivers. So beautifully soulful. Had it on repeat. Yes hard to believe – I like country music too (didn’t have much choice – I grew up on it because of my dad) so once in a blue moon I might buss a few Kenny Rogers or Dolly Parton here and there.
He performed alongside Justin Timberlake at the BRIT Awards 2018. Forward to 2:10, that’s where the magic begins. Loved it.
Anyways… long story short I saw someone on the TL mention a song from Nipsey Hustle’s debut album Victory Lap so I thought I’d check it out. I switched the music and was like “Ooooooouuu this is very deeeeecent” and immediately started reviewing it in my head.
Lately I haven’t really paid attention to the Hip Hop scene, the last albums I downloaded were Black Panther : The Album by Kendrick Lamar and Tables Turn by Fredo (both dope I must say). All I’d really been in the mood to listen to prior to this was Reggae, I’m talking all the Marleys, Sizzla, Marlon Asher, Buju Banton etc. I’m just out of touch.
I’d like to consider myself someone who’s very attentive to music, I have an eclectic ear and appreciate all sounds. Sometimes I can be into jazzy vibes like FKJ & Masego – Tadow and other times I’m in the mood for female vocals like Mahalia – Sober.
I could’ve written so much about the music that came out last year, It’s too late now but when I think about the albums that dropped from the top of my head:
Ctrl – SZA
4:44 – Jay Z
FR32 – Wretch 32
Laila’s Wisdom – Rapsody
Wamp 2 Dem – Giggs
Stoney Hill – Damian Marley
DAMN – Kendrick Lamar
Sixteen – Donae’o
There’s honestly too many to list.. my point is; it would’ve been great content.
I’m not going to false promise and say that I will continuously write and update the blog regularly because I’m not sure I can commit to it, but I will say that I’ll most certainly try to as frequently as I possibly can, and I won’t hit the pause button for this long again.
I’m in the process of finishing Richard Branson’s autobiography Loosing My Virginity (took me ages, it’s as long as the last Harry Potter mate). One thing I notice throughout it, is how fearless he is. So admirable. I’m not YET a risk taker like that at all.. but I want to be. He did however heavily influence me, and I’ve now taken things from that book and applied it to my reality (I’ve even proposed something at work which looks prospective) so that’s good.
I mean just look at this…. DONNY IS SICK!
A few were failures, but majority were successful and now man owns a friggin island.
Remember, It’s okay to be in a state of confusion (I was) which is why I lost my passion to write. Imagine, I even considered seeing a fortune teller to give me some sort or clarity about where my future is heading, but instead I decided to take steps to amplify myself. Read books, watch documentaries, converse with interesting people, take a course, go travelling. There’s so many options available.
I fail to mention the most important aspect in all of this. God. He’s got your back. Show your gratitude daily, even if it’s in your own way and not conventional. What is meant to be, will be. Trust and believe.