My direct response to that statement is: What do you define as success?
Ever since returning back for my junior year in high school I realized I wanted to grow up to be a successful artist. In Chile.
Not knowing how I was going to get there, but what art-form I would choose.
They say "The pen is mightier than the sword"
But they never said what kind of pen >_<
pen, pencil, bow, flute, vocal it doesn't matter.
The art is what matters.
"...in all it's heavenly glory" - B.Lee
When I went to Chile that 7th time for my summer I saw cousin's art framed in his parents house. I thought "Oh, that's nice." And by the way it was an amazing self portrait(profile) done with white chalk on black paper. I also saw my cousin start his own business in the capitol, Santiago. Only until many years later would i realize that, those little music,record,graffiti, clothing shops were the 1st of it's kind for THE COUNTRY of Chile.
Now, I can confidently say that my 1st cousin Nelson (Cekis) Rivas II was apart of the catalyst for the movement and growth of Hip Hop in that part of the country and continent.
Nelson now resides in a lovely concrete jungle known as Brooklyn. He flourished in Chile then flew to my country The US of A and I ultimately want to return the favor.
That simple, in its concept.
Life is about enjoyment, doing what you love. You don't have to be on your death bed to realize that.
And I think life will love you back in return.
Of course this is a overly optimistic opinion right now.
(& for the record I would like to state that "Life isn't fair and is painful")
"Ya gotta roll with the punches, kid." - some guy
Roll, build momentum, generate yourself, flip the switch, 1 not 0, redemption.
"We don't always get second chances."
But we do!
It's not over til it's over.