Nostalgia + Respectability Politics

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Nostalgia, (c) 2017, Aleia Mims

When I was growing up, I had a big, expansive, divine vision for my life.

I was going to be a principal, author, restauranteur, architect FIRST.

Then I was going to become Secretary of Education while simultaneously leading a black empowerment movement.

I was serious y’all.

Over the years, I allowed “supposed to,” “should,” and “respectable” to boss me around.

I never lost site of my gifts but I tried to Claire Huxtable it, make it neat and proper for the masses.

No more.

I’m done with being neat and proper and respectable.

I deserve to live fully, messy, integrated and with joy.

Guess what?

So do you.

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