An Ode to My People

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By DeMornay Harper
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My stepbrother, Langston, and I in Mexico. Photo contributed by Denise Williams-Lee.

My peeps. The homies. They are the ones that live in my heart. I have been blessed enough to be cloaked in a sheet of nothing but love and support from the people closest to me. My family is large, broken and glued back together in different ways, but holding so much beauty in all of its fragments. My parents have been divorced since before I can remember and are both remarried to total gems. Because of this I have a combined total of seven brothers and it is always a party at home. My friends give me life. All of the closest ones collided with my life in the most random of ways over the years. They are all such genuine humans and so very special to me.

I moved this past week and how I handled the chaos made it apparent to me how much I have grown over the past academic year. In the past, when I was in a stressful situation it was a terrible experience for everyone involved and the move that I did around this time last year was no exception. My family and friends were trying to help me and all I did was project the stress I was feeling onto them. I was rude and brutish when I should have been grateful for their assistance.

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My Aries sister, Briana, and I on Newbury St. in Boston. Photo contributed by Shantele Ruiz.

This time around was much different. There were times of stress, of course, but I would just stop, take a deep breath, and put in perspective. After doing this, I was much more productive and less bothered by the little things that lets face it, were going to work out one way or another. I was able to truly appreciate how amazing my people are. So many of them helped me out and made the entire experience go so much smoother.

This just got me in my feels about my entire love map and how beautiful and intricate it is. This piece is a love note to my humans. You all give me so much light on the daily and for that I am forever grateful.

Take the time to get out of your own head to truly see all that is around you. Appreciate your family. Be grateful for your tribe. Breathe them in and out. Let all of their love encompass you like the fuzziest of blankets.

Featured image contributed by Denise Williams-Lee.


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