Negativity and selfishness gets great publicity in our social networking, indirect-contact society. You’d be led to believe the world’s running low on good people and that no one cares for or respects one another anymore. Their only concerns are themselves; and when they’re in need, no one is willing to lend them a hand without reward.
This is not the case. Kind, caring, selflessly-generous people still exist. Griffin is a shining example.
The impassioned hip-hop artist born Najee Hubbard could have chosen any cool-sounding stage name. Instead he went with a moniker that spoke to his heart in the most profound way. Griffin is the last name of his late mother, and the Los Angeles native honors her memory with every personal and career achievement.
Griffin famously flipped Wiz Khalifa’s hit “Black & Yellow” into his own smash titled “Brown And Yellow”. The buzz it created quickly turned into a swarm. His original works, like those found on LP Intuition 4, landed him on huge stages across America including the annual The Number Fest. Every lyric Griffin writes, be it fun or heartfelt, is inspired by maternal love. While good at what he does, he’s also a good person and one who believes in helping others.
I asked Griffin to tell me about a time when he did something nice for someone he didn’t know. Here’s what he shared.
“Over the past year I worked at an outdoor education center in the mountains of San Bernardino, CA. I worked as an instructor and counselor to kids from all over the west coast.
The kids would only stay for 3 - 4 days at a time so building a relationship was very rare. At any time anything we’d do could impact these kids for the rest of their lives. So every moment counts.
One night around dinner time I noticed a camper of mine showing signs of homesickness - no appetite, quiet, shaky, etc. I noticed the posture of the camper only seemed to get worse as the night went on. I asked him if everything was okay and he began to share with me that he had been diagnosed with separation anxiety. He also shared that this was his first real trip away from home.
I began to tell the kid my story and how I felt the first time I left home. How I would create these images and scenarios or come up with the worst possible thing that could happen to my grandparents. He shared that he also created images and stories as well saying that he thought he was alone with the way that he thinks. He asked me how I learned to deal with it or if I ever got over it. I told him to find an outlet for that creativity; draw, go hiking, ride a bike, or even make music.
I never got over my creative mind because it’s nothing to be ashamed or afraid of. At the end of the day you're in control of your mind and your mind only. What's meant to happen will happen. So don't worry about if it will or it won’t, and start thinking about what and how.
The night passed and so did the day, but just before bed on his last night of camp he pulled me aside and told me that he slept for a full night for the first time in 4 years because of my advice. I could have just told him to go to sleep and went on with my night after I noticed his behavior the first night, but I myself went through my own form of anxiety not only as a child but as an adult too. I wouldn't wish that on my worst of enemies.
Our youth is our future. And I believe we are all a part of creating our own future even if the change doesn't directly affect us.”