Tomorrow we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the greatest humans to ever grace the planet. But it’s much more than just a day off from work for me. I will always look up to his message of love, justice, non-violence and tolerance. I can watch his speeches over and over again and still become captivated and sucked in every time. He was a beacon of promise and hope for not just our country, but for humanity as a whole, and he gave us all ideals to continue to strive and fight for.
In looking on Youtube for speech clips from Dr. King, I came upon his famous “Mountaintop” speech, which was his final address just before he was assassinated. I love this speech and find it very inspirational. In the last parts of the speech, Dr. King talks about not living in fear of anything or any man. He talks about how he’s been to “the mountaintop” and how even though he knew that he might not get to see the day when his dream becomes realized, he will continue to have faith in it.
Although this speech has very religious implications and I am not religious, I feel that I can apply it to my own life. I think having “been to the mountaintop” can mean arriving at a place in one’s life where you have a sense of peace with all that is and all that ever will be. Ironically, I think I had to hit rock-bottom before arriving a my own personal “mountaintop.” But I no longer live in fear of life’s circumstances or what anyone else can throw my way. I know that, in the end, I am my own worst enemy. And no person or thing can take away from me that which I don’t let them. It’s a very empowering message and one which I take with me every day.
So, thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Your legacy will never die.