I'm From...

One of my friends Marilyn Gardner shared this story with me last week. Talking about how her daughter had to write a poem with five short stanzas describing where she was from. I thought it truly captured the essence of being a Third Culture Kid. I thought it was amazing. Marilyn challenged me and naturally I accepted the challenge. Below is my version of where I am from in five stanzas. I challenge you all to do the same and send them to me. Can't wait to read them!       

              I’m from a place where East meets West

                              And sits down with North and South.

               I’m from green, white and green

                               Yet always en route elsewhere.

               I’m from the digital age and a flat world

                               Where connections and friendships are made virtually.

               I’m from the world, my friends, my family and most importantly God.

                               From Lagos to Ouagadougou by way of Hanoi and Manhattan.

               I’m from a place that accepts people of all kinds as one race.

                                      I'm from where I am now.

Tayo Rockson

Tayo Rockson is a storyteller, cultural translator, and brand strategist for change-makers on a mission to use his difference to make a difference.  He is a 4x TEDx speaker, the CEO of UYD Management, and the host of the As Told by Nomads podcast. In addition to that, he's been named a "Top 40 Millennial Influencer" by New Theory magazine. His book Use Your Difference To Make A Difference is based on how to connect and communicate in a cross-cultural world.

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