I’ve read and examined and reread this quote plenty of times. What do I do from my soul? And why do people dig it? As silly as it sounds, that’s how I break down things that could be so simple. And even after breaking it down, I’m only lead to ask more questions. How do I know when I’m doing something from my soul as opposed to doing what I was taught?
After graduating college back in 2007, I remember feeling very unprepared for my adult life in the real world. I had no idea what career I would get into or what I would do with my English degree. The reason for choosing that major was because it was a subject I excelled in. Papers were easy for me to put together and I knew how important that would be for me to spend as little time as possible stressing over school. So once I graduated, of course I had no plan, and I spent the next few years working in an array of industries while discovering what it was I really wanted from life.
So I reeducated myself. I did a lot of writing and read books that spoke to my spirituality as well as books about my African ancestry and culture. Growing up in a West Indian family, I always identified as a Caribbean American, but I knew my roots went much deeper than that. I always felt a kinship with Africa that I wanted to explore deeper.
Over time, I felt more in tune with who I was and began to act on these urges I’ve felt all my life. I dreaded my hair, something I'd wanted to do from a young age. I took photography more seriously, publishing a portfolio and taking photography gigs here and there. More importantly, I strengthened my relationship with God which ultimately meant building a stronger relationship with myself. Lastly, I took traveling way more seriously, a passion of mine that has shaped my life in more ways than one.
I realized, as I stuck to my guns, that I was a lot more comfortable in my skin, and people noticed. Though I didn’t have a great job and wasn’t as established as other people my age, they were interested in who I was and enjoyed my company.
In 2011, I took a three-month trip to Uganda, East Africa and came back with a new sense of self. People were intrigued at my choice to travel to to such a distant and unfamiliar land to so many. The mixed reactions became motivation for me to take on just one of my many missions in life.
Through the distractions and roadblocks I’ve encountered since that trip, I’ve managed to get a better sense of some things. I finally realized that I don’t have to build my life around a career I was unsure of, something I’ve always felt was necessary. Instead, what’s most important is to think about the lifestyle you want. Do you want to be in a stable environment where you don’t have to move around too much with your family? Or do you want to be a traveling gypsy, fascinated by and immersed into different cultures and peoples?
This is how you live true to your soul. This is how you become admirable. Whether they like you is besides the point. Stay true to who you are and it won’t matter who likes you. Your soul will still be digable.