Fall And Rise Again!

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I was watching the BET Awards last night with my husband, he’s a stand-up comedian so to hear his commentary and live tweets are quite hilarious to me. When Sean “Puffy” Combs took the stage and the Bad Boy logo filled our flat screen we (just like every other 30-40 something) felt a wave of excitement and realization that, “Wait, it’s been 20 years?! How old are we?”

Sean Combs, Diddy, Lil' Kim, Sheek LouchReminiscent of being under my parent’s roof, I danced around the living room well aware that if one more classic song dropped we were going to wake the entire neighborhood. And, now that we’re the parents of three little boys the consequences are dire—but man, it felt so good. Then, for a split second, out of no where, I saw Puffy drop from the bottom of the screen then pop back up as if he were doing a split. I asked my husband, “Did you see that?” “See what?”, he asked as he steadily clicked away 140 character for his posts…

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Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 8.23.03 PM“Did Puffy fall?”, I asked.  But, before the last word left my lips, Diddy was at the front of the stage leading the crowd in the chant, “I thought I told you that we won’t stop! I though I told you that we won’t stop!” It was as if nothing happen.

Of course after the performance, which left me sweaty from my poor rendition of the Harlem shake,  I saw that social media was all a buzz with Puffy’s fall. The meme’s were rolling in.

Untitled-1Don’t get me wrong, I live with a comedian, I have a sense of humor. But, Puffy’s split second tumble was a reminder of the times we are living in.

I want my sons to understand that as they grow and chase their dreams there will be people who will watch from the side and laugh at their missteps, relish in their fall, look forward to their tumble. There will be people who will take more joy in pointing out everything that went wrong rather than praising everything that went right. I need my sons to understand the magnitude of allowing these people to distract or deter them from doing what they love.

I know you are probably thinking, “MOD, it was just an award show performance. It’s not that deep.” But, I see lessons in everything. I respect the fact that Diddy kept moving with the same or maybe even more energy than before he fell. He carried the mark of a true showman. And, while the memes populated our instagram and twitter feeds, Diddy received a huge ass check from BET, rode in the back of his huge ass escalade, which dropped him off at his huge ass penthouse, and he and his personal assistant had a huge ass laugh at all of the jokes from the people who were and will always be spectators.

My diary entry is this, “It’s hard to hear the people tearing you down on the sideline when you are too busy playing the game.”

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