Describe where or what you come from. The people, the places, and/or the factors that make up who you are.
I bore witness to drug abuse, prostitution and gun violence on a daily basis but even though I grew up in this neighborhood, it never embodied who I was. As an only child, raised by my mother and great-grandmother, they instilled in me a different set of values and most importantly, led by example.
Nowadays, when I drive back through my old neighborhood, I see the same people doing the same things. A few often tell me how proud they are of me for never getting mixed up with the wrong crowd, pursuing my education, being a hard-worker, moving out of the hood and making something of myself. As I listen to them talk, I often wonder why they didn’t make the same choices for themselves.
If there’s anything that the area I grew up in taught me, it is to always strive to do better, never give up in life and never settle. I am proof that you can rise above the circumstances which surround you and create your own path to personal success.
Drake said it best. Started From The Bottom!