Stumbling Into Self

Hey there!

Can you see it?

Can you feel it?

In case you’re wondering what I am talking about. I am talking about whether you can see your actualized self achieving your ultimate dreams.

Often times, in my life I have found myself lost meandering through routines after routines while searching for a compass to point me in the right direction.

Give me something I would say.

A sign!


But alas nothing would materialize.

Nothing at all!

Despondent, I would carry on and on and I would make leaps after leaps into several unknown locations. These would constantly leave cuts and scrapes. Over time, these cuts and scrapes became scars.

Scars I was ashamed of.

But something interesting happened one day as I sat on the floor trying to pick myself up from yet another stumble.

My scars didn’t look so ugly to me anymore. A memory started to come to me.

I was reminded of something Ralph Waldo Emerson once said:

“to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

These words that have made their way to my ears so often suddenly struck a chord with me in a way that I hadn’t felt before. All of a sudden, I found myself standing.

The clues had always been there. I had been searching for something that always lived in me. My Identity.

No, it was more than that. I was searching for comfort in my Identity.

Comfort in my identity led to an appreciation of my story and my story is my passion.

You see, in the past, I got in trouble seeking validation from external sources without cultivating my internal joy.

Through my joy, I found my courage.

So in my upright stance, I began to see it and to feel it.

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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