Beyond just gracing the cover of the most prestigious Men’s magazine, Denzel Washington is a brilliant actor! One of the few in Hollywood whose marriage has survived the fame and attention that comes from being constantly in the spotlight. Monitored by millions of fans and critics, he is a man who continues to re-invent himself. One thing I picked whilst researching on his works was what he said about growing up on the streets until he was 14 when his mother relocated to another side of town and sent him to a private school, Oakland Military Academy in New York. That decision, he said, changed his life.
In Denzel’s words: “…because I wouldn’t have survived in the direction I was going. The guys I was hanging out with at the time, my running buddies, have now done maybe 40 years combined in the penitentiary (prisons). They were nice guys, but the streets got them!”
The “streets” can be anything that is stopping you from realizing your full potential. The “streets” can be that habit that is holding you back from living your best life. The “streets” can be anyone who persistently drums fear and doubt into your spirit. The “streets” can represent anything. For Denzel, the “streets” were friends who were heading in the wrong direction. But he was lucky to get out of it, and for the last 20 years the world celebrates him, adores his works, and respects his craft.
It is time to let go of the “streets”. Whatever it is, tell yourself I am letting go of it now so I can fulfill destiny!
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nikeSeptember 21, 2012 at 11:21 am
This came Τ̅Ơ̴̴̴̴͡ me at the right time,M̶̲̥̅Ɣ own ‘ street’ is self doubt,lack of confidence.BUT iam letting go of it now so I can fulfill M̶̲̥̅Ɣ destiny.thank you Stephanie.
Ugochukwu SundaySeptember 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm
U ar beautiful as d nature dmand it. U ar gud.
Talatu TalatuSeptember 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm
Hello Stephanie fans, where una dey na? since this story was up just few comments but if its a competition now………………………. Loyal fans should visit this page always, just thinking aloud. Take note you and you and you……
Jenny babySeptember 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm
Thank you stephanie for this breath takin words,one way or the other we hv our ‘streets’ but its our decision to wheather to let these streets go or not…I hv learnt sumtin new today.
CathySeptember 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm
thanks for sharing
Jerry Oche AdahSeptember 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm
Good speech, delightful words of encouragement. I was once on the street and how I wish this get to me before I got back on my feet but so good I’m up and doing great right now, keep it comming.
Thanks for this.
jennietobbieSeptember 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm
Shutting off all my streetlights. I’ve let them go a long time ago….people that would take from you but never give or support.
Ibeneme BlessingSeptember 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm
Thanks a lot stephanie for the words of encouragement. We all have our “Streets” and it differs from person to person. May God give us the grace, wisdom and strength to overcome these “Streets” In Jesus Name Amen.
Agboola AbimbolaSeptember 21, 2012 at 8:11 pm
Thanks so much my Diva, for d words of encouragement, u alwys av a way of getting to me. God bless u and ur family.
CarchiSeptember 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm
You sound just like youi name @Talatu *wink*. hapi friday, & hapi weekend Steph, what’s happening 2mro? Are u still storming?
TimothySeptember 22, 2012 at 10:33 am
CletusSeptember 22, 2012 at 9:23 pm
Thats words of wisdom, thanks 4 reviving the weak souls. Remain blessed.
ekene enentaSeptember 23, 2012 at 5:26 am
Conquering all pressures, remaining steadfast, having faith and believing both in God n what u beleive in plus hardwork will surely get u there.
ekene enentaSeptember 23, 2012 at 5:28 am
more grease to ur elbows beautiful.
Abah Omale EdwinSeptember 23, 2012 at 7:46 am
Oh! Wat an inspiration, I tink my own street is me not believing in myself Tanks stephy
ajibola motunrayoSeptember 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm
luvly and nice one
Emy A.September 24, 2012 at 11:00 am
GiftSeptember 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm
My advice to her is dat she should marry the man hence both of them love each other,maybe after the marriage you can den continue wit the idea of going to school that’s all i have to say. But be carefull
UjuSeptember 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm
I’m so glad for this piece, I think my street is the thinking that nothing nice ever happens so me. I know I shouldn’t think this way but lately i’ve been wondering if God really loves me. However I hv looked back on my life and realised my life really is the summary of God’s grace and for that I am most thankful.
deedeeNovember 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm
Nice nice piece.
BernyNovember 24, 2012 at 8:35 pm
You’re a genius, So inspiring !