Live So Fearlessly, You Go Out Like A Meteor

Audre Lorde’s fight against cancer reminds us life is short. We shouldn’t fear death. We should fear not being present for our lives. Have the courage to surrender to God’s purpose for us. And then live so fearlessly and be so unapologetically Black, we go out like a meteor.

Live So Fearlessly, You Go Out Like A Meteor
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Near her 50th birthday, writer Audre Lorde was told she had liver cancer. Refusing surgery after surviving breast cancer, she fought for her life in a different way: she lived it. 

Lorde wrote, “I want to live the rest of my life, however long or short, with as much sweetness as I can decently manage, loving all the people I love, and doing as much as I can of the work I still have to do. I am going to write fire until it comes out my ears, my eyes, my noseholes — everywhere. Until it’s every breath I breathe. I’m going to go out like a …meteor!”

Life is short. Let this be the fire that ignites you to follow your purpose NOW. To surrender to God NOW. To walk the path of freedom NOW.

“You should enjoy every day of your life, no matter how long you live. But remember that you will die, and you will be dead much longer than you were alive. And after you are dead, you cannot do anything.” – Ecclesiastes 11:8

What is your purpose? How does this tie into Black liberation? What are you doing to stay the course? And when you get off course, how are you gently reminding yourself to try again?

Death waits for no one. Have the courage to take seriously the assignment God sent you here to do. Then go out like a meteor. 

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