I am a journalist, yet to be?...okay you haven't seen me on TV, except that one time, but trust me I am a journalist. My name is not as popular, but I can do what the popular names do, you know journalistic things. Look guys, I even have my transcripts here, I studied journalism. How do people answer these questions...questions like..
What do you do for work? listen, I just graduated the other month and I haven't found anything solid to do. Most of the time I stick to I have a blog, I am a youtuber or the plain and basic, I am a journalist, since that's what I studied, I am skilled in that, or not, we can't tell because we can't see the fruits of it...even my degree certificate ain't out yet.
I remember all those quotes from instagram and pinterest. Quotes like...
Show up as who you want to be...
Dress the way you want to be addressed...
Be the best version of yourself...
So everyday I will dress up as a news anchor, or a writer, or a youtuber or an economist, or a doctor and then what? Stay indoors? But yes, I am showing up as I want to be or who I am, which one is it?
In an interview, Amanda Gorman, black, 22 and the youngest poet to ever grace an inauguration said, the most annoying question ever asked by an interviewer was...Do you wanna make it as a poet?
I mean, is she not a poet now? Can she not write poetry now? What did the interviewer mean by make it as a poet?
What is 'making it'? Or is that corporate for money and fame?
And if all of that is stripped , is she not a poet still? So, what was the question again?
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie my favourite feminist of all time shared the same sentiments in a speech to Yale graduands. She said, she is a writer, always has been even when she didn't have a name for it she wrote. If she wasn't famous today, or as established as she is now, if she wasn't called to each and every interview she would still be somewhere in Nigeria WRITING STILL WRITING! see she is writer, that's what she does she writes,
An economist will still see things in numbers, whether she gets paid for it or not, whether she is tucked away in some cubicle or not, she is still who she is...an economist.
A journalist is still a journalist, she still reports, whether she realises it or not, she still digs for news or gossip, whether it is conscious or subconcious, whether she is on radio, TV or not, whether people know her name or not. She still is a journalist.
Most people wait for the right chance, the right opportunity in order to become who they aspire to be.Too bad it isn't always the case. Michelle Obama in her book ,becoming, says, that she was displeased by the way people kept on saying that Barrack, her husband became succesfull overnight. He wasn't, Barrack had been preparing for the presidency seat for more than 20 years. Most people call this period the wait. You know, when you are waiting for that interview or that call or that recognition, or that breakthrough but you are not practising what you are or claim to be? Yeah, it's never gonna happen. You have to keep doing it. Whatever it is. Imagine the tragedy it would be when you get that opportunity and you fail to live up to the expectations of it.
Also, let no one tell you who you are...you tell them who you are, show them who you are. And please find a way of getting paid for it, trust me it helps.
But let no one make you feel less of who you are just because you have not 'made it'.