Those words are as potent as they can come “THESE STREETS DON’T LOVE YOU!” These streets are filled with nothing but fake friends, fake love, lies, loyalty and the lack of respect for you and/or your spouse/mate. Something that people need to remember is “while hugging the block, is the block hugging you back?” Respect over love does not always equal love. Especially when they see you are easily swayed due to an insecurity and/or vulnerability. Below I give explanations of the lack of love in these streets:

FRIENDSHIP:

It is too easy to call people “friends” when they should be labeled as “Associates”. Not everyone around you has your best interest at heart, especially when they don’t mean you any good. Sometimes people like your company because you

are easy to be around. When you are funny and/or willing to flip a bill for food and/or drinks, hey let’s hang with him. Sometimes they are in these streets getting into trouble and/or misery, they want company. When hanging around people, be your own person. Be conscious of the people around you and the events they try to get you to entertain. If you know you have something good going on for you, like a great career, be mindful of the company you keep. A fake friend will allow you to make mistakes, a real friend would stop you from making a mistake.

LOVE:

Only a fool chances risking what he has for something he wants. This goes for both men and women. Again, you have to be aware of the company you keep. If you are in a good relationship/marriage and the people in your circle are also involved, but they do not respect what they have, then they will not ensure you do the same. If they not happy, then why should you be! They will always point out the big but, the girl/guy who has a lot of community service under their belt (gets around) and/or the person who you think you should talk to.

People do not value relationships/marriages like they used to. Back in the day, the things you did in the street would never come to your home. Today’s society does not care, nor do they carry the same values. Their level of boldness as to showing up where your mate is, calling all hours of the night (just because they know your dumbass will answer) and/or knowing you with your mate, text you silly, disrespectful stuff, because they know you are easily tempted. People only want you because of you being with someone, not because they care. Love is seeing past the person faults, like is seeing all their faults. Fall in love with your mate, so you spend fewer times in these streets with people who don’t genuinely care about you.

LIES & LOYALTY:

What people do not understand is when others smell vulnerability, not everyone pities you. Some people use that to their advantage. They use your sense of weakness to control you. Such as young boys (no father figure), who turn to the streets and they see how much alleged love they getting in and how so and so is willing to buy them new sneakers for dropping off a package or they hustle young man to sell a few things, because if they get picked up, they won’t do the same time, if any, as the adult convincing him about this “quick money.” We have lost many youths to the streets because of this fake love, lies, and non-loyalty. Before they show our youths how to grow, they blind them by what they do not know.

THESE STREETS DON’T LOVE YOU because if they did, they would build real friendships; show real love; stop telling lies and value the true meaning of loyalty.

THESE STREETS DON’T LOVE YOU, or they would not eat you up and spit you out alive. It’s a cold world we live in and if you have never experienced the Coldest Winter Ever, then you will get lost in a world, on a street, by a corner, that smiles in your face and stabs you in the back.

THESE STREETS DON’T LOVE YOU, I am telling you because I may not know you, but I genuinely care about you. I want the statistics numbers to drop and if you fall, it is because you fell to your knees in prayer and/or to ask for forgiveness. I don’t want you to lose your soul, because I know what these streets hold, but if you don’t learn anything else from me, know that THESE STREETS DON’T LOVE YOU!!