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My Thing Is: As a person who was practically raised by his television, I’m especially sensitive to the fact that I still see nothing resembling my version of love.

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Although I’m an adult now and no longer parented by my TV, I still look to it from time to time to tell me what’s what. It clues me in on what’s going on in the world and points me toward characters on Love and Hip Hop to laugh at to make me feel that my life in the struggle isn’t so bad. It still hasn’t shown me any images of love that I crave, but I have a feeling that it’s teaching me an important lesson: to create my own story, live in my truth and love fearlessly despite what anyone else says.

Xavier D’Leau is the owner of the X.D. Experience Network. You can find him on Twitter.

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