This post is a dedication to the folks that have inspired me throughout my journey thus far. People can have an impact on your life without them realizing it.
God : I want to thank the creator for giving me the mind to know and understand my soul/spirit. Without the understanding, I would’ve never been able to leave my physical body, control hallucinations, communicate with the dead, see ghost and/or spirits, feel fallen spirits around me, read people by their emotions and interactions, etc. To be raised as a country boy to young parents with little direction, my elders took it upon them to share and spread knowledge, many without realizing it. Those stories Paw and Pap tell about childhood and teen years usually teach me some things.
Mom (Chrissy Anderson) : I love my mother with all of my heart. There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do to protect her. What I love about her most is her rebellious ways. She will let you know how she feels in the blink of an eye and will give you an ear full in a split second. For some reason, I turned out to be the same way. At times it back-fires, but I will continue to be me.
Dad (Mike Rollins) : I love my father dearly. The thing I respect most about him is the relationship we now have. It’s more of a best friend type of relationship instead of a father-son relationship. What I got from him is being athletic. He played sports all of his life and now referees youth basketball. He was offered to play college baseball after high school, but a little boy named Jeremy was born and he decided to be there for me and my mother instead of moving out-of-state for school.
Granny Dot (Dorothy Anderson) : The love of my life. The reason I am a loving human being at heart. Dot taught me about the simple things in life. Especially not to care what others think about you. The quote I will never forget her saying is, “sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can never hurt you.” I used to get picked on and called racial names during grade school. She was always there to reassure me that I was one of God’s children and not to worry about other folks ignorance. She also instilled in me the love for other living beings, whether human or animal. I miss her presence so much, but I thank her even more for meeting with me in the spirit world. See you soon Granny Dot!
Paw Wayne (Ken Anderson) : When I was around 19 or 20 years old, my Paw gave me some iron-on transfer paper to make my own t-shirts. I wanted to start my own business, designing clothes. That was actually my inspiration to do so. When I took the paper home and made my first shirt, I started my own business, Revolution Incorporated, shortly after. I have also learned how to write much better from reading my Paw’s blog posts. We have the same writing style in many ways. My country grammar takes over proper english in my head when writing, but I usually find a way to make it make sense to the rest of the world.
Bob Marley : I started listening to Bob Marley’s music as a teenager. It was inspiration I never knew existed. The peaceful chants, rastaman driven songs, stance on injustice, historical lyrics and positive vibes sent me to a place unknown. Marley also inspire my dread locks, as I like to call them, natty strands. The life, music and positivity Bob possessed was unthinkable. Such a beautiful soul!
Michael Franti : Michael Franti is the lead vocalist and guitarist for a band called Spearhead. They are a hip-hop/reggae/rock band out of San Francisco, California. I first saw Spearhead play at the Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina about 10 years ago. Ziggy Marley was the headliner for the show and I hadn’t heard of Franti & Spearhead until that concert. The reason I say Michael is an inspiration is because of the love he puts into his music and lyrics. He proved to me that you can write righteous music in a positive form. After enjoying that show, I started taking my song writing serious. I wrote a song called “Love Jones” in its entirety the day after the concert. Rebel rock!
Mario Blaylock : My big brother from another family and mother. Mario is one of my best friends, if not my closest friend. I shared my testimony about our friendship in a previous post. Mario told me to always be me. He made me believe that being myself is the best person to be in this world. Which I later figured out is true. I battled with being the “black sheep” for most of my life. Until growing up and meeting folks like Mario, I didn’t know who I really was. I didn’t always think for myself. Now, I rely less on others when it comes to making decisions. I’ve learned to be strong and have confidence in the knowledge that I possess. I’ve also learned not to care about what anyone else thinks about the way I look, dress, carry myself, speak, act, etc. That I one of the best things to happen to me in life, learning to live as Me!
Dorian Johnson : Some may find this inspiration a bit funny but it’s true. I met Dorian about a year ago when he started work where I make my living. We work for two different companies, but we are both in the same building and see each other daily. When I first met Dorian, I got a really good vibe from him. He is a positive person, very intelligent, hard worker and has traveled the world. The reason DJ made my list is because of his beard. Yep, his beard. Dorian is Muslim so it fits his religious tradition. Born in New Jersey and raised in France, Dorian lived and worked in Kuwait for seven years. I wear my beard because of the country folks I grew up around. My Paw had a beard for a while and I always liked Tommy’s beard as a kid. I’ve been growing my beard for about a year and a half now and I don’t plan on cutting it anytime soon.
Courtney Cundiff : My fiance, Courtney, has inspired me tremendously within these last 12 months. She proved that being strong can get you through some of the most difficult times in life. I honestly do not think I would be able to endure the physical and mental pain the cancer treatment brought her. She is such a strong woman, I must commend her. Even with the bad days she dealt with, she hung in there and made it through cancer free!
I wanted to take the time to thank the folks that have inspired me to be a better man and even better human!
Enjoy Your Weekend Good Folks