Image for post
Image for post

I’ve always loved sending holiday well wishes. It’s somewhat of a tradition for me, I guess I revere sending words of goodwill. In 2013, I started a tradition where I would post on social media wishing all the lovely ladies a Happy Valentines Day and then go into more detail about who I was and was not talking about when I said “lovely lady.”

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Oladimeji Odunsi on Unsplash

On the final day of February 2020, I posted on social media, speaking to why Black History Month always came and went without much fanfare for me. Blackness and history remain on my mind year-round, so this month never seemed like such a big deal.

That’s no longer the case this year. Here are three reasons why.

1. Black History Provides The Answers We Need.

On May 25, 2020, the murder of George Floyd incited a national, racial reckoning; its imprints are all over this year’s Black History Month. However, I didn’t wait until February to delve into history. …

Image for post
Image for post
Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman calls on Americans to “be the light.”

“When day comes we step out of the shade,

aflame and unafraid

The new dawn blooms as we free it

For there is always light,

if only we’re brave enough to see it

If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

— Amanda Gorman, 2021 Inaugural Poet

I hope Amanda Gorman’s loving call for unity inspired you to be the light we need amid our nation’s deep divisions.

The thing about being inspired, though, it requires action. So how does one bravely answer the call to “be the light?”

Here’s a secret, you already have all the tools you need

1. Your Voice

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Bee Calder on Unsplash

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

America is putting this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quote to the test. Currently, a pandemic and political turmoil — both riddled with lies, conspiracy theories, selfishness, and ignorance — highlight the divide that persists between Black and white America. Since MLK’s death, Blacks have seen astounding progress: Barack Obama exemplifies this.

But just how much has changed in America? How far have we come?

Black cries for breath are still met with an…

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Preillumination SeTh on Unsplash

Although personal success looks different for everyone, we all dream to one day arrive at there. Whether we realize it or not, goals are the bones that give our lives structure and movement, and the compass to provide that movement direction along our life journey.

Only eight percent of people actually achieve the goals they set for themselves. So, I’m here to share the lessons I’ve learned from failures and successes concerning my goals, as I’ve sought to become part of this small group of people who actualize their dreams.

Understand The Intrinsic Purpose Of Your Goals

Understanding purpose is foundational to our life’s journey. Typically, we…

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Valentin Petkov on Unsplash

This year gave us some harsh lessons…about social distancing, the deep inequality that remains entrenched in society, and the fragility of democracy.

With so much to be learned from this year, I found it fitting to write an uplifting article about everything I learned from this year’s holiday season.

1. Holiday Traditions Hold Value

For some reason, traditions were heavy on my mind this year. This was the first year I imagined and got excited for the Christmas traditions I will start with my eventual future family. …

Image for post
Image for post
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, such pleasure do you give me.

Allow me to begin with a story to help put this article into context.

T’was the onset of the 2019 holiday season, and my soul yearned for help. The Ghost of Mistakes Past ran my luck shorter than an elf.

Okay, no more corny holiday rhymes. But seriously, though, around Thanksgiving of last year, my self-inflicted misfortune had me in a bad state. Really bad. I’m talking The Grinch, bad.

Being scammed out of all the money in my bank account earlier in the year caused me to be homeless. And having been fired from a coveted job, I felt…

Image for post
Image for post
What color is my shirt? I’m guessing the light distorts your perception?

America is entering a dark winter. I’m not talking about a pandemic, although there’s that too. I’m talking about the truly despicable, idiotic people who make America a cold, dark place. But they’re not you, or I. No, they’re the people who think and act differently, the ones who see the world differently than us, right? Of course.

But what if I told you our perception of the world is skewed? And not just the despicable, idiotic people, but you, my humble reader — whether you think or see things like me — your worldview is skewed.

Over six billion…

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Travel with me back to early March — a period pre-social distancing— to a situation that many of us experienced:

We’re in a group of peers and someone asks us how we’re doing. No one wants to answer. The person brave enough to speak first actually isn’t so brave: they utter “I’m fine” as if the world isn’t unraveling before our eyes, as if thousands of people aren’t dying from an invisible enemy we know nothing about — as if the normalcy isn’t eroding.

Mostly everyone in your group is not fine. Maybe they’re not scared but upset by a…

Image for post
Image for post
This is me, a handsome human willing to accept the ugly aspects of our nature

“Human beings are beautifully flawed beings, to demand perfection from what is inherently imperfect is insanity” — Unknown

Who among us hasn’t driven themselves insane trying to uphold an impossible standard of flawlessness? My latest experience with this comes with my application for the University of Southern California’s MFA screenwriting program.

During my application process last year, I noticed something troubling: fear of failure was paralyzing me. The paralysis permeated into other areas of my life. My fear caused me to fall prey to insecurities about my competency; in turn, I was sapped of energy, motivation, and confidence.

I took…

John Broadway

Just a man living with a wild notion that I can be the change I wish to see in this world. See my website to follow my journey as I do this.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store