Do you know what's one of the most freeing things you can ever do in my opinion? Not give a damn about what the outside world (people outside of your close circle) thinks and to not let this outside world influence your moves. Out of all the goals I've accomplished this year thus far, living the true life I want to live regardless of what any person thinks or has to say about it has been the most gratifying thing I've done. This action alone has boosted my confidence, lifted my spirits, and reduced stress.
Trying to constantly live up to society's or other people's standards is a heavy burden that I will no longer carry. The true Sam is emerging and in most cases I'm having to reintroduce myself to people who thought they once knew me. A lot of my peers are looking at me like I'm doing something spectacular that's out of their reach. This is far from the truth. All I'm doing is living the life I want to live, planting the seeds I want to grow, and reaping the benefits I want to reap. The results of my choice to make authentic moves have been a free mind, a healthier spirit, a brighter smile, and a lighter mood which in turns affects how I look on the outside. It all coincides.
I can't stress enough how fulfilling living your true life without the influence of society or your peers is. This type of authentic living has nothing to do with being the most noble person. Instead, it has everything to do with staying true to your desires, your goals, your likes, dislikes, allowing yourself to just be, and, as I said earlier, not letting others or society influence your decisions. Money and opportunities are one thing, living out what's truly in your spirit is a whole other ball game. It's the greatest success one can accomplish in my opinion. It's what allows you to sleep peacefully at night. In everything you do, always stay true to who you are. It's the most respectful and honorable thing you can do. Oh, and plus it keeps you looking younger longer lol.
While we are on the subject of authenticity, let me introduce you to a vibrant, bona fide brand that currently has my attention. Ladies and Gents, behold Odaomo - "a fashion company that is based on the principle of “giving back” and supports improved social and economic conditions in Kenya." Get into some eye-catching accessories from this brand below.
All of these radiant accessories you see me rocking in the pictures above are authentic, handmade items from Kenya. I'm falling in love more and more with quality pieces made out of sturdy materials. These types of pieces will be in your closet forever and can be passed down to forthcoming generations.
For more information on Odaomo and to peruse their collection, click here. If you're ever in New Orleans, visit their eclectic store on 839 Chartres Street.
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week. Whatever you choose to do in the next few days, remember to make sure it's your choice and it's in your spirit. No one else's opinion matters but yours.
- Samjah Iman