3 years ago, Tyquill Williams’s life changed forever. This certain day, three years ago, had started just like all other days. He would say his day was going pretty well, up until he found out of his best childhood friends had innocently fallen victim to police brutality at a routine traffic stop. This was the moment that changed the trajectory of his life. One of Tyquill’s best friends that he had grown up with, shared important life moments with and had bonded with, was gone. It was hard for Tyquill to actually process this information as this was a tragedy we are used to hearing on the news, and yet we never actually imagining it happening to ourselves. This moment seemed surreal as if it was a prank someone had played on him. However, Tyquill was forced to grasp reality and acknowledge the fact that his childhood friend was taken from him, way too soon. Despite all the negativity floating through his mind, Tyquill realized that life is short and tomorrow is never guaranteed. Therefore, he made a promise not only to himself, but also to his friend that he would not only live life, but also live his great story.
It’s easy to succumb to the negative emotions, however, Tyquill decided to take his built-up energy and turn it into positive emotions. With these positive emotions, Tyquill found himself investing his time towards spreading positivity and creating art, his newfound passions. Tyquill found his passion for art and branched out into photography, graphic design, and even fashion design. Adapting to his new lifestyle, Tyquill adapted a new name, “Brannew”.
From this moment on, Tyquill has committed himself to living his life one day at a time. He tells others to never set limitations for themselves and to also never let others set limitations on you. Tyquill wants to encourage others to live their lives how they want to, not by how others want them to. When asked, “What makes you feel most alive?”, Tyquill’s response was a simple, one-word answer: “Living”.
When acknowledging the fact that he has kept his friend’s name alive and helped spread a message, Tyquill realizes the huge impact he has made on society. Today, Tyquill is working on graphic design, music, photography and even fashion design. Currently, he is working on producing his sister’s EP. Nothing is ever too much for Tyquill. He says he knows what he wants and once he sets his mind to it, there is no stopping him.
Tyquill’s sister’s music: @crowned_isis1 (Instagram)
Epilepsy doesn’t hold me back anymore and making the decision to use the ketogenic diet to heal myself has become the driving force behind my larger goal of changing the lives of those around me for the better. My dream of educating, sharing my story and empowering individuals to not let their diagnoses define them is a reality for me. I thought the ketogenic diet was the end of my journey of healing but it has become my new beginning—a beginning that can, in time, allow me to become completely medication free and be able to help others find the success that I have.
Tomorrow you could be gone. No mas. Finito. There’s no guarantee for tomorrow or the next day or the next. Just think about that for a bit… soak it in, let it seep deep down into your soul
My story comes with a lot of twists and turns. Ones that were extremely dark in the midst of unfolding. Fast forward a few months and I wouldn’t change those twists for anything. Why? Because they’ve made my story so much more meaningful and a hell of a lot more fruitful. Why keep your story to yourself?
Having an open mind is having a healthy mind. Not every experience will end up being a good one. But how will you know which ones are worth having if you don’t ever try new ones? Plus, don’t the bad ones make some of the best stories?
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