The first time I met Jordan was when I was drawing one of his roommates. At first, he didn’t say much at all and seemed like a quite or shy character. However, by the time I left their apartment, he was up and around the room rapping, and singing; in other words he was putting on a show, and that show was actually quite wonderful. From that moment, I knew he was dynamic, and to my luck, he expressed interest in wanting to be drawn as well.. and I am so grateful that within a week I had the opportunity to draw and meet such dynamic and beautiful man.
When we first met to start the drawing, he didn’t say much. Even when I asked questions, the answers didn’t go too deep. I at first took this as disinterest to the project, or disinterest in me and my conversations. However, I found later that I was wrong, and that is when I started to pull very much from the conversations we had that began to grow.
Jordan is a man who has had a dynamic life, a dynamic story, and
very much to say. When answering my questions, he could have talked himself up, and told me so much, but at first he didn’t, and he left answers brief and a little empty. As time went, I got to know him, and I found that he was answering these questions this way because that is his character. Jordan has a lot to be proud of, and allot to say, but he is so humble, it is not his character to boast or brag. He doesn’t want to be someone who talks himself up, he just wants to be himself and let that be enough to create a statement. His beginning empty answers were not out of disinterest, but instead reaction of character to not brag about himself. He is so humble. I have met “humble people”; People who know it is rude or dis tasteful to
boast and pride yourself and those humble people are not truly humble-- Jordan is not one of these kind. Jordan is sincerely a humble man, and I believe less than 10% of greatness is like him. His humble character is so sincere; he is not humble because it’s morally right, and socially amendable, but because it’s in his heart, and truly who he is. Once I saw this, I started to pull his answers from casual conversations. Jordan would answer and open up when the spotlight was taken off of him and he was put in a casual conversation. This way, I made him believe he wasn’t putting a spotlight on himself, but his answers and who he is was enough for me to see him in a spotlight. This is exactly all he stands for. He is not a man who will ever show off, and throw his every being or success in your face; he will just be himself, which in every way is enough to show you all he has to offer. Jordan in athletics has had people try to tear him down, and take his
opportunities away. When we talked about this, he just said that he will make sure he succeeds, and eventually, they will see his success for themselves, because he has every plan to make it. He is not someone who needs vengeance and needs to pride himself in throwing success in someone’s face who once told him he wouldn’t get it, or tried taking it from him. He knows that if he does his best, that’s enough for him, and they can discover for themselves that they didn’t bring him down. This situation relates to our conversations. When I asked questions to spotlight him, he didn’t spotlight himself. But, through casual conversation, he was himself, and that was enough to show me his spotlight… Jordan showed me that character is not how we answer questions, or how we talk ourselves up to be, or who we describe ourselves as, it is in every way how we carry ourselves in the words we say, and how we handle.
Jordan showed me character is carried. His character was so humble, and it was genuine. I used to believe that if I described myself some certain way, then believably, it is who I am. But true character comes through when we aren’t expressing ourselves most, and character will shape all we answer and all we are. I see such a beauty in this. Jordan believes in his humble character. He knows he doesn’t need to show off and express all he is for people to see it. He trusts that as long as he is his best self, it will come through, and he is absolutely right. I am a very happy girl, and am known for it. I sometimes feel such pressure that I need to express my happiness in words and actions so people don’t ask if something’s wrong or if I lost it. However, Jordan taught me that as long as I believe in happiness as my character sincerely enough, than it will shine through. Character is not justified through purposed actions or words, it is simply all we are.
In the time sitting with Jordan he made me laugh non-stop, as well as smile for a full 2 hours… he recited me his own poems, he sang for me, and I SANG FOR HIM--- this doesn’t happen. It is needless to say, he in every way is one of a kind. I adored him and respect him to no end. I never knew exactly what was going to come out of his mouth, and since he is so dynamic I was never really sure what he was going to do or say, but he showed me sincerity in true character and values…. So though I never knew what to expect in content from him, I knew that no matter what was said, it was going to sincere, genuine, and 100% him… and THAT is truly a beautiful person.