The months of April and May were massively of import to me, they were representative of key life transitions. For starters, I did graduate from the American University with a Masters of Laws in Intellectual Property and Technology on Sunday. I also had my last day at Meta (formerly Facebook) after an amazing 6 months of advocating for Africa's high speed connectivity this week. *woohoo!*
It is human nature to use labels to describe and ascribe value to something or someone. I have always struggled to define or introduce myself away from the work I do or the companies that have entrusted me to execute their visions. These and other philosophical questions coming to a blog next to you, lol.
So What Next?
"I DON'T KNOW"
Am I going to stay in the US, and if so which State or am I gonna head back to the beautiful Green City in the Sun? I don't know. And I'm not afraid or ashamed to say that out loud - as I have been in the past few weeks. As a recovering perfectionist and extreme planner, life has taught me that it can life and despite having plans A - E, sometimes, the unexpected turn is the best one.
I do know however, that I am going to take some time off this coming month. To recalibrate, assess my interests, review experiences, ask and answer painful and hard questions to myself. Speak to a few key people and glean in to their experiences, opinions and observations. I also know, for sure, that over this time there are a few things that I'd like to get up to ...
Catch up on my reading - I gave up on actively reading for leisure earlier in the year, but my reading list has been substantially growing, on standby and do, expect a few good reads reviews.
Catch some Zzzz's - Working across timezones with law school in a different system you have trained and worked in is - as my colleague Desmond called - it, brutal. I take my sleep very seriously so I'm looking forward to building a new activity and exercise routine.
Learn some soft skills - Technical know how is always best accompanied with a side of impeccable soft skills. Closely related to this is a conversation I literally just had about a technician v a poet in legal practice, such profound wisdom! So I will be taking some time to unlearn and relearn a few things; how to learn, how to speak up and speak eloquently, how to write concisely, how to communicate legibly, how to improve interpersonal skills, understand and appreciate people.
Be available for my community of people - My handful of people have been the most patient with me over this crazy period of time and I know they haven't had my full undivided attention. They have all been gracious and extremely supportive with me but that's getting re - org'ed guise, so y'all expect to be bombarded with calls and messages. :) I'm about to be in your business -es :)
Work on this site - This has been my all time favourite pet project. Working on this site has brought me immense joy because of what it not only represents but the journey that it takes me one, each update at a time. So I will definitely take some time to change a few things up around here and bring it up to date.
On that note, can someone please let management know that it's about time for the DC spring and summer and me, from the equator, am looking forward to getting some Vitamin D, please and thanks.
I just discovered the YouTube show Iko Nini and really enjoyed the episode with Ty. I always respect artists, professionals and individuals who go over and beyond to learn and master their craft. Such excellence is not easy to come by especially in this day and age, and that is admirable. That conversation, I enjoyed, watch it.
The lyrics in the song Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten