I debated on where to go with this day’s post. I mean I should write about serious things like health insurance in Africa, sickle cell awareness in the continent. You know!! Serious things…but this morning, I came across a free mini-course- Creative Powerhouse and I realised that is exactly what I want to become but I needed to understand that Failure is sucess in progress.
Growing up, I was those quiet and reserved kids. I come from a very gregarious family. We are the family known for parties. My parents held a party almost every month…all for no reason but socialising with family and friends. We would have to come up with the menu. Sometimes it was a barbecue and we all chipped in as kids over what we wanted and Mummy would shop and we had to make sure it happened. We were a big family with cousins and friends in one house.
I remember us being an average of 15 people in a house so we would get set organising and cooking and entertaining but then when the guests had come and I had done my due diligence of mingling, I would look for a corner and pull out a book. I even wrote my first romance novel at 11years. I have no idea what it was about or where it went. I wanted to be a writer and adventurer and artist but well, it was not a serious profession. You know those professions- lawyer, doctor, engineer and so all these dreams were laid to rest.
“Cemeteries are full of unfulfilled dreams… countless echoes of ‘could have’ and ‘should have’… countless books unwritten… countless songs unsung… I want to live my life in such a way that when my body is laid to rest, it will be a well needed rest from a life well lived, a song well sung, a book well written, opportunities well explored, and a love well expressed.”Steve Maraboli
Fast forward, 15 years later, I came to terms with my self and began a journey of finding myself. It has been and still is hard and difficult and painful but the best thing I ever did. I realised that I am passionate about creativity in all it’s entirety. For so long, I never considered myself a creative or was even good at it. I thought maybe I was created to promote creatives and I must say that I enjoy that to bits. It gives me much joy to connect a creative to an opportunity and see them blossom.
But I slowly started dipping my own toes into the creative field. I started blogging and actually yesterday on my birthday marked my one year anniversary. It was the biggest blessing realising that I made one year and I have many more to go.I am now working on podcasting. I started but stopped but now I am relaunching and next year, I will be doing videos.I am also now writing my first book and it will be coming out this November. It scares me to death but I just decided to do it. I mean why not? It is all about embracing my creativity- I wrote about that as well- Read here.
Listen to the song here in my heart
A melody I start but can’t complete
Listen to the sound from deep within
It’s only beginning to find release
Oh, the time has come for my dreams to be heardListen ~ Beyonce
They will not be pushed aside and turned
Into your own all ’cause you won’t
I have always been in love with interior design and accessories. I tried it but I have realised that I am the concept developer. I would say I am an IDEA FACTORY.I come with all sorts of concepts for anything. I just need a system and people to make it happen so my next step is how to churn my ideas into reality so stay tuned- Design products and services of all sorts is loading.
I learnt to give myself the opportunity to try and fail. If I was to do anything, I wanted to do it perfectly and it pained me to fail but now I have embraced the failure. I am learning through failure. I read a quote that said Failure is success in progress. As a creative, I understand the pressure to be right and do right but May we accept failure as part of our journey. We do not have to be perfect. We just have to be true to ourselves. So get out! Do it! Whatever it is- paint, sing, write. Whatever it is, be like Nike- JUST DO IT!!
Slowly by slowly, by trying and failing and falling and getting back up again. Failure is Success in Progress. In time,we will be the CREATIVE POWERHOUSES!
It is Day 7 of the Afrobloggers #WinterABC2021. What are you so afraid of failing at?