Life certainly has a way of showing up…and showing out; good and bad. It always provides points of reflection and lessons. We learn as we grow, right? I’m instantly reminded of Langston Hughes’ poem ‘Mother to Son.’ It reads, “Well, son, I’ll tell you: life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. It’s had tacks in it, and splinters, and boards torn up, and places with no carpet on the floor - bare. But all the time, I’s been a climbing’ on.”
Now that I’m an adult, that poem means much more. I get it. I see it. I feel it. While it seems we’re more so taught how to survive rather than thrive…it’s what has built character, integrity and strength. But…what if? These are the things I wished I knew before adulthood:
1. How to create and manage a budget (outside of paying my cell phone bill and buying some clothes lol).
2. I wish I learned about money and entrepreneurship: taxes, LLCs, stocks and credit.
3. Whewww those subsidized and unsubsidized loans.
4. I kinda wish I knew how to communicate my thoughts more effectively (learning now so…).
Written & submitted by Donte Gibbs