The phrase ‘a humble swagger’ is how I like to describe my style, my demeanor, my personality, whatever you want to call it. I first heard the phrase on a sports story on ESPN about the University of Miami Hurricane football players and their numbers and legacies in the NFL. I immediately got my notebook and wrote it down. Legendary players like Michael Irvin and Ray Lewis along with superstars like Frank Gore and Willis McGahee have left their mark. At first glance, you would first notice their brashness and arrogance, but if you look closer, their confidence is through the roof because they can surely back it up. And if you look even closer, those NFL’ers from ‘The U’ are such a close-knit family that they can keep each other in check and humble. I found that concept intriguing. The idea of being confident in who you are and what you do but also being humble and know your place in the world. That phrase stuck with me.
When I was younger, I had it all over the place, on my message board signatures, doodles in my notebooks, my previous blogs. I had never really thought about what it meant to me until a conversation with this girl I had met. She had asked me how I would describe my style, fashion-wise, and that really got me to thinking. I told her I had that hip-hop/R&B style, that Justin Timberlake/Ne-yo type of style. That made her giggle. I told her that my style had a humble swagger to it. I believe that having that humble swagger is good for today’s world. To go around town with that confidence about yourself and being able to do your own thing. But also having that down-to-earth personality with that humbleness to know where you stand. Now that I’ve become older, a humble swagger is what I am about and what I strive to be.