I Just Wanna Be “Somebody” : A Message to Millennials

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I always knew I wanted to be somebody.

I grew up in the 90’s, in the thickness of what I consider Black excellence. Shows like The Cosby Show,  A Different World, and Living Single dominated television screens as a promise of what was to come in the Black community. The reigning “Queen of Talkshow”, Oprah Winfrey, was proof that anything was possible if you were willing to work for it. From humble beginnings in Mississippi to being the highest paid Black woman in the U.S. (she’s worth 3.1 billion), it was impossible to look at Oprah and not want to be just like her.

My grandmother would tell me on MULTIPLE occasions that I could be just like Oprah. I believed her.

The truth is although I would LOVE to accomplish the amazing things Mama Oprah has accomplished, at the end of the day I just want to be “somebody”. I wanted to be the person others talked about and said “She’s really doing something with her life”. As a millennial I realize I’m not alone.

There has never been a moment in time like now. Thanks to social media, blogs, YouTube, etc., if you want to be seen- you will be seen. If you want to be heard- you will be heard. We no longer want to attach ourselves to brands. We are the brands. We no longer quote the wisdom of our elders. We give the quotes and give credit back to ourselves, which may be a teeny bit narcissistic. We are brand strategists, life coaches, and the most common… entrepreneurs. When the jobs weren’t hiring us, we started hiring ourselves. What a time to be alive, right?

I. LOVE. EVERY. SECOND. OF. IT.

I’m guilty of everything above. I love seeing my innovative peers create and be frickin’ awesome. However, I want us to collectively inhale this truth: If we were to be suddenly stripped of our status, social media networks, and bank accounts – we are still somebody.

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27

You and I were created in the image of God. Not our mother and father. Not our grandparents. GOD. What an honor and legit privilege! Born in the image of GOD = SOMEBODY. May we NEVER forget that.

May we crave relationship with God more than we crave promising networking events. May we delight in him more than we delight in the payment notifications we receive when someone purchases a product of ours. May we find blissful satisfaction in identifying as a child of God more than we seek to be called a CEO.

Alright. Back to our regular scheduled program of creating, building, pitching and planning 🙂

Stay golden,

Tanikia

P.S. I spotted the WERK! bag (pictured above) on Love Peridot and fell in LOVE with it. It can be purchased here.

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