The Best of Us

Nina Simone (Eunice Waymon) and Marlon Brando, two of the greatest examples of the greatness that mankind can achieve. They are two of many who have made a priceless impact and added priceless value to this world in their own unique and individual ways. These two people specifically have rather bewitched me in mind, in spirit, and emotionally. Tumultuous geniuses always have. I guess it’s because I find intriguing the complete oxymoron that these people live. Like many, I look up to these two beautiful souls. They are great inspirations of mine.

What do all great people, known and unknown, have in common? They are far ahead of their time and greatly misunderstood. These people are extraordinarily unlike any other in their respective art, talent, and skills and people plague them with their own opinions and judgments because they are on a different plane. Some of the greatest hearts and minds to walk this planet and live this life have and had the most strenuous and compelling journeys. Mr. Brando and Ms. Simone are two of the most well known beings to have lived this. They were the purest forms of Self, embracing their true self, yet limited at the same time; both by themselves and by those around them.

I strive to take on certain attributes of great people like Ms. Simone and Mr. Brando. Why? Because no matter what, they always, somehow, managed to truly be, to truly live, to truly evoke in others the very essence and vibrancy that is life. That is why they are thought of so highly, because of what they brought to the world through being themselves and adding value in the way that they loved and could. My greatest want in life is to do the same. Whether it just be through my future children, or husband, friend, or random stranger, I want to evoke in others the very essence and vibrancy  of life.  I want to encourage pure love. I want to bring that out of others as they did. And I mean, what greater success, what greater fulfillment can be achieved in life than by helping your fellow man and embracing your truest self.

Of course, this being life, that level of greatness does not come without its downfalls, hardships, obstacles, and difficulties. Ms. Simone and Mr. Brando knew this all too well. They lived these things. And greater, they lived through these things. It boggles my mind to think of the inner turmoil people like them went through and somehow still managed to live on. That is strength. That is the power of mankind.

Think of what we all could accomplish, the absolute brilliance that would ensue if we each decided, against everything else in life, to embrace ourselves, fully and truly. It is a scary thought initially I must admit. But we have been afraid of our own power for far too long. Look around, that is why we are still dealing with racism, sexism, ageism, transphobia, homophobia, seperatism, the class system, and the like at major levels.  We close ourselves off from our personal paradise and all together the best of humanity by being afraid and not doing anything about that feeling.

We must move forward. We have to buck up and live in spite of our fears. We must feel the fear and live anyway. Fear is a feeling and emotion that absolutely can be controlled and mastered. It has been proven time and time again. It’s okay to be afraid, it’s okay to fret, it’s okay to be hesitant, it’s okay to be cautious of new things and change. But we can no longer stand in the way of our own progress. We have to accept that change is a part of the process. We have to get rid of and move past our selfish states of comfort and believing one is “better” than another. No one is above anyone else.

We have to be ourselves and then we have to come together. Nothing is ever going to get done if we don’t work together. We are nothing on our own compared to what we are when we become one. If there is anything I have learned from Ms. Simone and Mr. Brando, it is that no matter what, you should be you and never let anyone or anything stop you from doing that. They taught me that you should stay inside what is real and true. They taught me that life is worth living when you give it your all. So give it your all. Stay inside of what is real and true. Embrace your fellow man. Be yourself. And above all, love. Love, love, love. Love is the answer. 

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