UNTIL the day of your death, I never knew you would inspire my life in such a profound way. A young man, young enough to be my son but wise beyond my years. I heard your story before I knew you were gone and all I could say was WOW. Your tattoos normally would cause me to hesitate and even think of judging you for your outward appearance. Yet, when you opened your mouth, mine closed shut.
UNTIL I heard them say you were gone, I was in awe of your story. Your mind did not match what and who I saw. Your words made me think, "Can I do more with my life?" Then the thought that, "No he can't be dead, not now." Sadly, it was true.
I cried for you. Then I cried for your babies. I cried for the woman you loved and returned the same intense glow of love you displayed when you looked into her eyes. I prayed for you all. It made no sense to me how someone I never knew could impact my life in such a profound way in an instant. My heart hurt to know that all you had done had to end in such a short amount of years.
UNTIL that day, the day your physical story ended on this earth and your eternal glory became reality, I wandered how I would live out my days on this earth without the fear I allowed to silence me for most of my life. I wandered if I could impact the lives of others and mean something to others as your young life has. Then, there was the life of Nipsey Hussle and I realized I could and WOULD do more. I will never know you as you were unless I listen to those who loved and respected you in such an amazing way, for that, I am grateful.
UNTIL that day, March 31, 2019, I didn't realize Mr. Nipsey Hussle would be the one who was needed to wake up the sleeping giant within me. You are an INSPIRATION Sir. Rest in Heaven. Your name and IMPACT lives on.