Name: Zy-Terian Wilder

Social Media Handle/Username: @thedreadheadzytwo

Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: My name is Zy-Terian Wilder, I am a 17 year old Bisexual male from Enterprise, Alabama & I am an aspiring Welder, Paralegal Assistant, & Pharmaceutical Technician. I completed High School 5 months ahead of my senior class on 12/15/2021 with a 3.75 GPA & a 127 IQ. In my free time I love to meditate, listen to music, entertain, & defend the my favorite celebrities (Nicki Minaj, Lil Baby, & NBA YoungBoy, just to name a few).

What Inspires You Every day? : Everyday I’m inspired by my mother & Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty to get up and hustle my way to the top. “You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don’t make moves and you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not in competition.” ~ Nicki Minaj

What is some words of wisdom you live by?: “ Every day I’m getting shaped and molded. Keepin’ on, being a better artist, and improving on this, improving on that. The more I’m in it, the more I’m practicing and the more I’m advancing.” ~ Lil Baby. I may not be an artist but this quote puts me in the mindset of “hey you have to mold yourself and better yourself to be the best you that you can be.” ~ Zy-Terian Wilder

What is your ultimate goal in life? : My ultimate goal in life is to be the best me that I can be. As long as I am the best version of myself then I could care or less about how much money I have or what kind of car I drive. Yeah, I’m always going to want to have the best materialistic things for myself but non of that matters unless you’re a good human being at the end of the day.

How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : During the pandemic I have went through a lot of hardships. I haven’t contracted Covid-19 in anyway and I can thank god for that each and every day, but I have had I deal with losses, surgeries, failed friendships, finding myself & surprising health scares that I never thought I would have to hear at such a young age. On January 6th of this year I lost my brother in a car accident and that really messed me and my sister up, but I didn’t let that stop me from getting behind the wheel, in fact I’m a much better driver now then what I was before he passed away. With my brothers death I was forced to do a lot of self reflection and I had to find myself, leading to me coming out to my mom & my friends. On December 28th I was diagnosed with a heart disorder & I’m not gonna lie it scared the mess out of me, but I am a fighter and I WILL beat this and come out strong.

What is a message you would like to give others? : A message that I would like to give to others would be to fight and keep fighting. These are tough times that we are going through and we don’t know where the world is headed but as long as we fight and bet the ourselves mentally, spiritually, and physically then we will be in better shape for the unknown.

What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: My whole life I had to fight against myself and my pride as a man in order to finally accept myself for whom I am. I was teased, bullied, and prejudged my whole life because of the way I acted & the people that I hung around. From the type of place that I come from being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community in any way shape or form is frowned upon no matter who you are and people tend to look at you as weak and spineless, but in the past years there has been an eye opening around the world in support of the LGBTQIA+ community and it’s amazing. To anyone that is struggling to find themselves and come out, it is a struggle, I know first hand, but whenever you finally accept yourself for whom you are and you stop caring about what people have to think and say about you, then you will realize that you made the right decision and that you will have millions of people in your corner for support.

“You’re gonna lose friends, relationships, and maybe even family but at the end of the day you just gotta make sure you don’t lose yourself” – YoungBoy Never Broke Again

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