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Monday, May 13, 2013
Fitting in is Overrated.
Yesterday was Mother's Day. I made raw carrot cake (recipe coming up)
and we ate that with corn on the cob and ewedu soup because we are weirdos.
Then we watched The Proposal for the 100th time because Mom loves Sandra
Bullock. It was a very chill day.
My mom is the best. She has the biggest heart and is open and always lends a helping hand. She also worries. She could win a medal for worrying.
My mom said the sweetest/saddest thing to me while we were chatting about her and my dad. She said she was scared for me because I'm a fish out of water and while she loves that I'm with her in Nigeria, she feels like I'm never going to make friends. If I don't have friends, I'll never meet new people. If I don't meet new people, I'll never date. If I never date, I'll never have a boyfriend, never get married, never have kids and BINGO!
It always comes back to kids for my mom.
Anyway, I was touched. I know she's worried about me but I do have friends. And I personally like being a fish out of water. I'm used to it. When I'm in the states, I'm the African girl. When I'm in Nigeria, I'm the American girl. I can't change how I'm perceived and I learned a long time ago not to sweat it.
I'm not going to lie. I miss my siblings. I miss my friends. I miss America. I miss fast internet. I miss Whole Foods. God, I MISS TV.
I miss constantly.
At the same time, I get paid really well to do what I love full-time. I'm working on my first book. I'm traveling to places I've dreamed of going to for years. I get to spend time with my family here and learn about a culture that has shaped every aspect of my life.
My point is, fitting in is overrated. So is being comfortable. I would much rather be different, push myself, step outside the proverbial box and live in as many different ways as possible. I lived in the states for most of my life. It's scary living somewhere else. It's scary being surrounded by people who think so differently.
In this case, scary is good. Try scary and see what happens.
I'm a Nigerian-American writer who worked at Harper’s Bazaar, SELF, Popular Science and Essence magazine doing everything but writing. A self-confessed pop culture addict who recently left the hustle of New York City behind for the hustle of Lagos.