Designing A Decade

I’m writing this blog post on the eve of my 40th birthday. So many thoughts are running through my mind as I prepare to enter into this new stage of life.

Now don’t get me wrong, turning 40 doesn’t bother me at all. It’s just has me in a very contemplative state.

I expected it to look different somehow. Perhaps I expected to feel old.

Like I said, I have many things to consider.

As I was cleaning my home this question came to me.

What would the YOU, ten years from now, wish you had changed today?

I realized right away that I could not come up with a quick answer for this question. At this moment I still do not have a complete answer.

I know exactly what I would tell the “younger me” if I had the chance.

So why not consider the “younger self” that I am today?

Exploring this question has made me realize that it does not matter what age you are, you can still create a beautiful future for yourself.

We easily give advice to our children, nieces, nephews or anyone that we want to see avoid the mistakes that we have made. We also understand that the decision is theirs whether or not they take that advice. But, we’ve given them a road map with clear instructions on the many things to avoid.

What if we took that same concept and applied it to advising ourselves? What if you created that road map for yourself?

The years seem to fly by at lightening speed when you are just living to survive.

Most of us are so busy going from month to month paying bills and such, that what we dreamed about has become a distant memory.

When was the last time you stopped to consider what you truly want out of life?

Answering this question requires you to pause and really take stock of how you’re spending your time, and with whom you’re spending it with.

So I say again:

What would the YOU, ten years from now, wish you had changed today?

It’s not rocket science. It’s about being honest with yourself.  It’s about finally getting on the road to fulfilling your true purpose.

Consider this question on your next ride to work, or wherever.

There is a call on your life and it’s up to you to answer.

Design your decade and make it beautiful!


Chinua Hawk is an Atlanta based singer/songwriter who, over a span of almost two decades, has produced five albums, including his latest 2013 offering,Waiting on Christmas. In addition to his offerings as an independent artist, Hawk has recorded with Talib Kweli and Kanye Westwritten songs with Wyclef Jean, and performed live with Celine Dion. Despite the success he has experienced, Hawk realizes that his platform is ultimately about helping others.

“My music is about real life, it’s about encouraging people. It’s about what my Creator placed in my heart from a small child to achieve.”-Chinua Hawk


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