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August 29, 2015

When You Realize What Matters Most

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One day, you realize how absurd your current mindset is, that this shit doesn't matter. You let your demons go, knowing that, perhaps, sharing your story can help some other chubby, goofy, socially-isolated, sensitive kid getting bulled in America who feels like no one in the world cares about him.

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Tagged as: alicia keys, black music month, BlackMusicMonth, ChakaKhan, GladysKnight, Kate Bush, lauryn hill, Lenny Kravitz, maxwell, prince, The Fugees, thewho

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