The Power From Within
One of the most fascinating things to witness is a magician. For some reason it doesn't seem all that enticing until you actually see it for yourself. Before you know it you are staring in astonishment, and just for a moment, think your eyes might be playing tricks on you. Nevertheless, you can't stop watching, wondering what's getting ready to happen, and if the next trick will be better than the last. The experience will leave you mesmerized and a bit frightened, because let's be honest, most things we don't understand have a way of scaring us just a bit. An inquiring mind makes you want to figure this whole "magic" thing out, but it's more complicated than you think.
As most of us have seen on social media, hashtags are popular, and they either come for just a moment, or stick around for a lifetime to create lasting impressions. Even if you aren't on social media, what's here to stay will eventually find a way to the big screen, television, or simply by word of mouth. CaShawn Thompson started a phrase in 2013 called #BlackGirlsAreMagic. Eventually this phrase would be changed to a shorter and very popular version that is now known as #BlackGirlMagic. And so it began, something that started as a simple but powerful phrase would create a trend that would launch a movement, a catalyst that would connect women of color all over the world, and yet another reason for women to show their greatness. This movement would encourage and strengthen a force from deep within our souls and turn it into the most powerful magic show you have ever seen.
You're driving along, music is blaring, you are singing at the top of your lungs, life is kinda groovy! For some reason you have this notion that you sound so blissful and angelic that you could have a chance at recording an album and this is finally your big break! You start the song over for the fourth time and hit record, because this time you are singing along! You need proof just in case you bump into a music producer while grocery shopping, but it will most likely only make it to your deleted folder by the end of the day. This is called life, and it's full of moments like this. Whimsical, goofy, silly times when you are allowed to simply be yourself and do whatever moves you. One of the funny, yet not so funny things about life is that it has a strange way of changing the narrative when you least expect it. Nothing at all like a movie where at least there is theme music to warn you when something terribly bad is about to go down. Movies are full of suspense and mystery which is what makes them so amazing. The vast majority wouldn't mind their lives playing out like a movie as long as the ending works in their favor. What if you got to choose your very own theme music and you knew when something bad was lurking around the corner? Would you run and hide until the coast is clear, or would you stay to face that music?
AJ is a creative writer and storyteller writing from her home in Indiana.
"This is how you do it; you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy, and that hard." -Neil Gaiman