When I speak to students the first question they ask me, after asking
"How old are you?",
“Are you rich?“
My answer is always the same,
whether my finances are on the rise,
or in the dump.
“Yes, I am rich.”
I know what they are asking and what I am answering are actually two different things.
They want to know if my “work” as a author/poet/presenter/publisher/professor affords me all the luxuries of the fab life, while my concept of rich is having a joyous, love-filled, health-filled life. During my interactions with the young people my goal is to invite them to embrace my definition of rich. What I know is, the streets will win if our children think bling is the only important thing. We have to be advertisements for a life full of fun, family faith, friends, and yeah, its important to add being physically and financially fit. If the other definition of rich wants to join in…that works for me.
Love and realness,