When a person is bored with life, negative situations usually follow, and the circumstances we find ourselves in are often perceived as dire; a positive outlook on life is almost impossible. Such is my story.
...I was born and raised in the ghetto, the mean, ugly streets of Brooklyn, New York. And when you live and grow up in the Projects of Brooklyn, writing a book and becoming an author is definitely the last thing on a black street kidís mind. I knew I needed a positive outlet to vent all the build up frustrations of years being a young black man living in the ghetto... writing allowed me an opportunity to express my feelings...telling my story as...experienced and witnessed as a result of my life in the hood.
This book is not the end, but a beginning, a start of my coming to terms with living life on lifeís terms and engaging myself in all possible positive and healthy ways that will prove to be beneficial and productive to my future. My aunt, with all the wisdom and the knowledge of the same identical background behind her, was able to provide me with the right kind of advice, suggesting that instead of getting into trouble, I channel my life and put my story into a book...it took another run in with the law and losing my job to consider taking writing seriously.
I knew I had to make a complete make-over of what the first 21 years had been. I knew I had to do that if I didnít want a lifetime spent in the Penitentiary...I remembered many times my grandmother reminding me, ďJail is not an optionĒ. I had the right teachings from my loved ones, but I needed to make my own choices, and I needed to make them soon, or else trouble wanted me, jail wanted me, the streets wanted to claim me, and of course the undertaker wanted my dead body buried in the ground six feet under.
So I sat down and began to document life in the hood as I saw it, as I lived it and to tell my story as I experienced it through the eyes of a young African American male. Writing my story was not easy, I had to convince myself I had the ability and the talent to write. Once I got that conviction I could begin my journey from the street to the page. Writing my story has been a long and positive course of action for me. The process of writing was teaching me, it was freeing me of negative demons. I was finally realizing that I was on the right path, doing the right thing. I no longer had to visit the courts or jail anymore, Iím no longer in trouble.
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