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Sometimes It's Embarrassing to Admit Your First Love
By Caelon Reed
I feel it necessary to start by saying do not judge me for the secret I’m about to disclose. When I was younger my celebrity crush was Soulja Boy. Yes, the YouTube sensation known for his hit single, “Crank That,” was the guy of my dreams. To some, Soulja Boy was just another “silly” rap artist rapping about nothing relevant to real life. In my eyes, he stood for more than his music. In some ways, Soulja Boy was an inspiration to me.
DeAndre “Soulja Boy” Way was only 17 years old when he got his start to fame on YouTube. Most aren’t familiar with Soulja Boy’s early life, which leads to unfair judgment and harsh critiquing. He literally started from the bottom and built his way up. When he was around 15, he made the conscious decision to move from Atlanta to Mississippi to live with his father. His father had the means to provide for me in ways his mother was could not. Soulja Boy’s father offered reconciliation for missing the first decade of his life by telling him to write a list of everything he had always wanted. Within that list, he asked for a computer to aid in his effort of achieving his goals in music. While balancing a job at Burger King, he stayed focused on building his career.
I first noticed Soulja Boy on MySpace; he was constantly adding videos, music, and anything else he could post to keep people's attention. At any hour of the day, I’d find him putting out content, proving that he was working hard. It was probably about a year into his MySpace endeavors when I noticed a spike in his fan base. That's also when he started using YouTube. Since then, he has acquired a great amount of wealth and a number of fans.
I admire Soulja Boy because he overcame early obstacles by persevering his dreams. He came from nothing and got where he wanted on his own. I liked Soulja Boy because he was someone I could relate to. I also had the honor of watching him grow.
My crush on Soulja Boy has turned me into a believer. Soulja Boy has taught me that if I remain focused on my dreams and work hard, I can obtain anything I desire. His life from where he was to where he is today shows me that no excuse is a good excuse for delaying my dreams.
Case in point: “I wake up early in the morning” are lyrics from his song, "Speakers Going Hammer." These particular lyrics have motivated me to wake up early in the morning and not let the day slip away. These lyrics have also taught me not to procrastinate because later isn’t promised. If I want something badly enough I won’t sleep or do anything else for that matter because I don't want those things to get in my way.
Thanks to Soulja Boy, I work hard and I put my best effort into my work. He has also set a standard for what I look for in a companion and in myself. That (and myself) have to be goal-oriented and always working toward bettering themselves. Sometimes it's embarrassing to admit to a celebrity crush, especially a childhood one, but there's usually a good reason that person became famous.