They say that every human is an artist, and our main art is our story.
This story is called “How @WillSmith Saved My Mother’s Life.” - Enjoy.
The year was 1997, and it was 2 a.m.
I woke up to some strange sound and sprinted upstairs to see what was going on.
My father was trying to console my mother, who was crying and laying on the ground, pleading for her life. I didn’t know what else to do, so I picked her up and carried her downstairs, whispering to her that everything would be ok.
My mother was having a severe stroke.
I had seen my mother in the hospital plenty of times before that, but this time was different. The doctors told my family that my mothers brain was scrambled from the stroke, she was paralyzed and would never walk again.
After half a summer in a rehab center, where she was incoherent and made no sense, my Dad insisted that God told him to bring his wife home, against all the Doctor's orders and even my own 15-year old objections.
He did it anyway. I spent my whole summer sitting on the couch watching BET & MTV with her all day, while she just stared into space, occasionally rambling incoherently.
One day, MTV premiered a brand new music video — it was titled “Just the Two of Us”, and it was a song Will Smith made about his son, @treysmith0011 (There was no @c.syresmith or @willowsmith around just yet.) Watching the video in silence, as usual, suddenly my mother pops up and says "Whoa - you didn't tell me Will Smith made a new song! This is good!" I stared at her like she was crazy. She got up, went to the kitchen, and started making us some food like everything was normal.
God is my witness, my mother was herself from that point forward.
That summer that she almost left us made me appreciate her more than words could ever explain. There are no secrets or dreams that I had left to share with her when she eventually passed some years later, because I made sure that I told her how much I loved her every single day.
Morals: Artists, follow your art, you never know whose life you can change. Treat everyone you love like it could be your last day together. And if God tells you to do something, do it.