You always hear the term loosely spoken that we are not promised tomorrow and before you actually grow up and experience all the wonderful fruits of the world you never quite catch the true meaning of that saying. As a child we innocently grew up thinking, Hey I want to be a doctor when I grow up or perhaps an astronaut or play in the NBA. We were under an umbrella of hope to aspire to being something greater than our parents and something that would forever be commendable in our environment. It was blind, it was spontaneous but yet it was something in life you could yearn to embrace, it was an idea yet to manifest itself into the inevitable reality that a change would take place in your life. This day and age, it seems to have vanished into the stars in outer space, which we could once easily see before the pollution smothered the sky.
When my mother said the words, “Live your life to the fullest because we are not promised tomorrow” it never resonated with me. That is until I witnessed the airplanes crashing into the twin towers, or when I heard of all the innocent men, women and children that died during Hurricane Katrina.
The world has experienced chaos and violence since the beginning of time and we as human beings have endured pain and tribulations since man first walked the earth. A child could walk the streets and dream a dream that would develop into ideas that actually benefited this world. But today, these dreams have become a nightmare for today’s youth. They are constantly being reminded of the world’s ills and corruption, which saturates the developing mind of a young dreamer. Limitless outlets expose 9 or 10 year old boys and girls to countless murders, pornography, scandals, wars and epidemics through the news, internet and video streaming. It snatches the imagination right from beneath their feet. When my mother used to tell me, “We are not promised tomorrow” I never believed her. I believed we would live forever. All I knew was how to be a child full of love, hope and the idea that I could be whatever I wanted to be when I grew up. I wasn’t exposed to nudity on the internet. Nor had I learned of the senseless murders on the Gaza strip or lynching still taking place in Mississippi and Alabama. I never could have imagined all the racism that would still exist in the hearts of Americans that would only be revealed because a President of color has taken the office. All I ever knew was that I existed and that God had a plan for me. But today the only things kids can see is the plan that the enemy has for them. Today when you tell a child they are not promised tomorrow, they can honestly look you dead in your eyes and tell you, “I know”.