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By Omay Cruz

© 2017 Omay Cruz

Cover Design © 2017 Cross de Idialu. All Rights Reserved


This book is dedicated to Akiba. I sincerely hope you stay hungry, motivated, and keep on winning. I love you.


The aim of this book is to keep you fired up and motivated. When you need a little push or inspiration, one or two of these write-ups would hopefully get you inspired. This book is the first of many to come, and it was pieced together, because a lot of people need to be told what they do not know, and for those that are in the know, it’s more of confirmation of their beliefs. For those that might be depressed or going through rough patches, this is my way of telling you you are not alone. Stay Motivated, Stay Strong, Stay Woke.

Table of Contents

  1. Being Thankful

  2. One Last Shot

  3. The African Voice

  4. Friendship

  5. Happy Family

  6. Why Quit?

  7. Living Life

  8. Purpose

  9. More on Purpose

  10. About Success

  11. Superwoman

  12. Creating Our Own Luck

  13. Forgiveness and the Healing Process

  14. Beauty

  15. Respect

  16. Belief


Sometimes, all we do is complain, look over our shoulders and wishing we had what others have, but we fail to realize that we are better off than a greater proportion of the population, and so many others wish to be in the position we are in.

What are you thankful for?

Your life? Being sickness free? Being in college? Having a fledgling career? Having a business, kids?

Being alive is even a miracle.

With the right tools, planning and actually following through, we can have a better tomorrow.

It takes a jiffy for ones story to change.

Give thanks and be thankful always.

We may not be where we want to be, but at least, we aren't where we were yesterday.

Always remember that!


Some times in life,

we encounter situations that threaten to tear us apart,

and sniff out the essence of life itself from within.

The people we look up to are gone.

Friends and family-our backbones are nowhere to be found.

Other times, no one has any idea about what is going on;

We put on a facade,

masking our real feelings deep inside.

We knew it was never going to be a walk in the park,

but this is a whole new dimension.

We keep on keeping on,

fighting the demons within,

wearing that fake smile

and acting like everything is okay,

for we remain optimists.

And then that moment comes,

we finally can’t see the dim light at the end of the tunnel.

It’s nothing but a cul-de-sac,

or more like a train coming head on, in our direction.

So we throw in the towel,

And decide to end it all, once and for all.

Would it be by an overdose,

a walk on the train track,

Or perhaps, a dive into the ocean?

We become obsessed with death

Obsessed with darkness

Obsessed with thoughts of what lays on the other side.

Then like the voice and innocence of a small child,

we get that gentle tugging,

telling us to give it one more try,

to take one more shot,

have one more dance,

write one more song,

one more presentation,

fight for our kid again,

preach one last sermon,

say one more prayer

Just shine like a million stars… more time.

They said those heights are unattainable,

Dreamers they called us,

We were nobodys,

we didn’t matter,

we didn’t count.

We were the planktons in the food chain.

But hey, some man once said all our dreams can come true,

if we had the courage to pursue them

And oh, I hear another whispering;

the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

We decided to try one last time for ourselves

Not for anyone.

Just us.

So we dust over selves up,

mustering up what’s left of our tattered courage and self-esteem.

Sluggishly, we start to draw up plans,

Start to make new beats,

Hit the jogging trail again

Hit the gym one more time

Write some lines of simple code

Get on our knees in prayer

Start moving to the beat

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