For years, I thought I was a closeted introvert playing the role of an extrovert trying to get ahead in life. Looking back, I realize how the words of others often influenced my sense of worth and my decision to become as obscure as a wall. Here's how I got off the wall.
The safety and objectivity of being a child are sometimes shattered by what we learn from adults. As children, we are blind to the things society labels to separate us from one another: race, religion, gender, ethnicity, culture, social class - you name it.
Growing up, whenever the continent of Africa was mentioned, I cringed. I didn’t want to be associated with the “savages” depicted on television or the slave “experience” detailed in my grade school textbooks.