The picture in the blog post is a picture of my mother, Whyethia Knight. Today would have been her 67th birthday. She died at the age of 49 from Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML). She died at the same age that I am today which makes me reflect on my own life. As I reflect on her life, I think about all of the things that I want to do that I have been putting off. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, so you should live your life to the fullest. Do not give up on your dreams.
My mother was a very caring person and everyone loved her. She always put the needs of others before herself. I remember when I had surgery and ended up in intensive care, she was there every day by my side even though she was sick herself. Even in her last days when she was in extreme pain, she never complained.
My mother was not afraid to follow her dreams. She stepped out on faith and became an entrepreneur in the 1980s when it was not fashionable. She founded the National Association of Black Church Musicians which led to the first Kentucky Fried Chicken Gospel Music Competition that was held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She also founded Metro Conference Services which was a meeting and event planning company.
If you have a dream that you have been putting off, I implore you to get started right away. We let life and unimportant things get in the way which leads to many regrets. You have to do what is right for you without worrying about what others will think.
My family will be getting together this evening to remember and celebrate the life of my mother as well as have a fish fry. My mother always liked the family to get together and we have tried to continue that tradition. She also really liked seafood and we would have fish fry’s just because. I remember that we had a fish fry the night before I had surgery.
In memory of my mother, I pledge to continue to pursue my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. If there is something that you really want to do, make a pledge today to get it done no matter how hard it may be. Do not give up on your dreams.