Growing up Nigerian and as a black person, the term 'mental health' wasn't in our vocabulary not to talk of learning how to take care of your mental health. We were just supposed to take on the everyday struggles of Nigerian living head on especially as boys transitioning to men. Oh you feel depressed? You'll be seen as an ajebo which in this context will mean 'soft'.
The only thing mental health related we mentioned was insanity when referring to the 'mad people' who were beyond shabbily dressed, most likely homeless and picked up food from the ground. They were considered to be either victims of drug abuse or spiritual attacks. For the former they were not to be pitied and used as deterrent stories of the life we were not to lead and for the latter they were pitied and used to reinforce the importance of prayer and watching our backs.
Putting yourself out there is risky business but it's something we should do. I'm gonna start things off today with a personal story of 'rejection' and then give you some tips on how to handle rejection if you're having issues with it. I'll try to make the story as descriptive as possible and aid your imagination with pictures so you can see through my eyes as much as possible. Let's goo!
One can say youth is the trial period of life where we're bound to make more mistakes and hopefully learn from them. Billionaire investor Warren Buffet said something along the lines of the importance of learning from experience or mistakes but they don't have to be ours. As some sort of rite of passage as young people there are some common mistakes that we make and I'm here to give you a taste.
My name is Ofai and I'm passionate about blogging and it gives me fulfillment that I can help you out so sit back, relax and enjoy your weekly carats of #SelfImprovementGems with me!