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One of my favorite quotes is, “The realest people don’t have a lot of friends,” by Tupac Shakur. When I read that quote for the first time, I instantly related it to myself. When I got to high school I had lots of friends, but as time went on I realized a lot of them had faded away. I was confident that the few people that I did have around me genuinely cared about me and wanted what was best for me. Furthermore, those people were the ones who were meant to be in my life versus the ones who I’d grown apart from. Although that didn’t bother me at first, it did when I graduated from high school. I had some acquaintances but only two real friends. Seeing people in the mall or at the park with a group of their friends made me feel like a loner for not being like them. I thought that when I started college that I would make tons of friends but the same thing happened again. I’m not much of a talker but I did my best to reach out and talk to different people, but it didn’t work for me. For a while I felt like an oddball, but then the quote by Tupac would ring in my head.

But what exactly did Tupac mean when he said the realest people?

See I don’t think that I’m better than anyone but some people have had that opinion about me. It’s something Ive always found to be puzzling. I prefer to be the person that God created. I describe myself as a nerd often. I could always be found with my nose in a book as a child. I love writing poems, short stories, and I even have a few novels planned for in the future. My music playlist consists of Tupac and other well known older rappers to rock bands such as Queen and Journey. Although I’m a friendly person, I dislike being around drama or any kind of negative energy. The more I reflect, the more I realize that I wasn’t put here to fit in the crowd but rather to stand out. I interpret Tupac’s quote to mean that the people who aren’t afraid to be themselves are the ones who won’t have people who don’t match their natural energy around them. Being different isn’t always easy but I’d rather be who I am than a person who wasn’t created by the Man up above.

Ta'Mia Jones

Savannah '20

Hello! I'm a resident of Savannah, Georgia. I'm 22 years old and I love reading, writing, listening to music, and shopping. I can't wait to start reading and sharing content here. :)
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