About a week ago, a friend of mine shared this video with me. It’s Martin Luther King Jnr. speaking on the blueprints for life. It resonated with me. Because he must’ve made this speech some fifty years ago but it could still be applied to any one of us today. Perhaps it stood out to me more since I’ve just been questioning my own “somebodiness” and self identity. In turning 30, the question of who am I has never been more pressed for an answer. And with changing my career path, comes the reality that whatever I decide to be or do doesn’t matter so much as simply being it and doing it to the fullness of my ability.
His words spoke to me because it’s very easy to feel as if life has become stagnant. I’ve constantly thought over the past 3 years that I was at a stand still. But if I’m to be truly honest, the fact is that I have changed more in that time than I ever did in the years before that. Even when I was down, I was still moving. I just didn’t realize it. I’m floored that a man could so aptly identify blueprints for a life that had yet to even be lived. But I know that Martin Luther King Jnr. was wise and severely telling of the human condition. It’s what makes him so timeless. Because somehow I feel that even fifty years forward, his lessons will still be applicable.
I never watched this video in full until this morning, then subsequently I realized it was the anniversary of his death. The timing of things aside, I realized something else.. that just as his words are still relevant, so too is the evil that sought to silence him. Discrimination, racism, bigotry, intolerance and corruption are still the views of many in power today. And in speaking of the people in power, I’m not referring to those who hold positions in public office but rather the ones who put them there.
Bear in mind too that silence only hides the truth but never reveals it.