Regret & Upset

To the young people that are reading this passage…

I don’t want you to be like me, I want you to be better than me.

My name is Preston Chalmers, Jr. and I moved all the way from Richmond, VA to Atlanta, GA in order to chase a dream: MUSIC
Something that I believed would bring me financial stability and happiness into my life.

However, there were many obstacles and roadblocks that kept me from achieving that; and unfortunately, it may have cost me my opportunity.

See, I moved here to Georgia a few years ago; bringing alongside my mother, who has been out of work for over 10 years. It has been a struggle taking care of my mother, and an even bigger struggle now that she is living with me.

I have been working multiple jobs nonstop, and it has taken a toll on my body. The aches and pains that I have been suffering two years has caused me to quit my full time job where I was psychically active for eight hours on a five day basis.

Sitting at home for the past few weeks have motivated me to get back to writing. I have been penning my true feelings and emotions down to try to cope with the pain I am constantly feeling everyday. I live wit the regrets of working too hard and not being to concentrate due to stress from my mother and family members. It may have cost me my opportunity to become the artist that I truly believed I always knew I could be.

My message to the readers is simple: DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO WORK YOURSELF TO DEATH FOR OTHERS. BE SMARTER. A LOT SMARTER THAN I WAS. I put others before myself, and in return, I was taken advantage of. It affected my health, as I have stated before. Be 100% committed to whatever it is you’re pursuing. You only live life once so do the best you can to make the best of it.


Preston Chalmers, Jr. and I am an African American poet/Emcee born and raised in Richmond, VA now residing in Atlanta, Georgia.