Glad to have you back once again!
I may have mentioned this before, I’m not sure, but I’m really into watching documentaries on African leaders. I have probably watched 70% of all that’s available online.
I’ve watched all of it, the good, the bad the ugly. I came to terms with the fact that I for so long had held onto a single narrative that I knew of these leaders. The narrative that was taught to me in school.
A narrative that I didn’t bother to question or probe further because I believed that to be the entire truth.With this attitude came a danger. The danger of a single story as Chimamanda put it.
I recall this one time being so shocked upon watching one documentary in particular. I couldn’t believe it. I was exposed to the other side of the story, the other narrative that didn’t make it as the lead story. The narrative that wasn’t found in the books yet was based on the personal experience of the person who was narrating.
But this also taught me something.
We have the power to live and tell our own story of who we are and all that encompasses that. We have the power to be all we want to be and so much more. We should never yield this power to anyone or for anything.
I’ve realized that we ourselves (and even myself ) do sometimes also show up as one side. One half of the story. Instead of us a whole. Us as complete. Really, us as who we are.
I don’t know why ?
Maybe we sometimes think that in this situation. With these people this is the side that appeals to them more. This is the side that they’ll welcome more.
The gag is, you will actually lose yourself if that continues.
Life is already too hard for you not to always show up as your entire self each and every day.
Live and tell your whole story.
Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let out true selves be seen.”
“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” –
Friedrich Nietzsche –