In Sidney Poitier’s autobiography, The Measure of a Man, he refers to a point in his journey of transitioning from dishwasher to a Broadway actor, The Time of Ashes. He compared it to the traditions of African tribes that cover the teenage boy’s faces in ash as they go through different rites of passages; and if successful come out as men.
For me, 2016 has been my Time of Ashes. As I continue to travel along my path, Ive had to endure frustration, overcome procrastination, and doubt. It’s been a test of my will thus far, but I know that this is a rite of passage, and not of denial.