We were meeting up for our usual happy hour date, eager to unwind from the day and search for the strongest cocktail on the menu. It had become our beloved tradition. Three friends from Howard — Kim, Kori and Kwaku — back home in The D, taking a much-needed pause from our hectic lives to confide in one another about the tumultuous ups and downs of 20-something adulthood.
In between sips, bites and boozy giggles, we took turns giving the full rundown on our careers, love lives, goals, accomplishments and shortcomings. Admittedly, I was in a very weird space at the time. I felt like I’d hit a mental and spiritual roadblock, which caused me a great deal of stress and anxiety. So when I shared what I had been going through with Kim and Kwaku that day, I didn’t just need encouragement — I was desperate for it.
“You know what you need to do?” Kwaku’s eyes and voice lit up simultaneously. His positive, ambitious energy has always given me life, so I knew whatever he was about to say was definitely gonna be something worth listening to. [Read more…]