Friday, March 15, 2013

Who Am I?

Who am I? That has got to be one of the most difficult questions to answer. One wonders whether one should answer with one's name, one's profession, one's status in life...

It is basically supposed to be the complete embodiment of who one is.

I attempted to answer the question as part of a blog series that my friend hooked me up with. This piece was originally published on Opinion's Utopia. I hope you enjoy reading it.

Who Am I?

I am Yoruba 

Deep, rich and cultural. The heritage passed on to me from my parents will not be left to waste. With my knees darkened from constantly scraping the ground in humility and obeisance, I proudly bear carry my history within my soul. A wellspring from the fountain of Oduduwa, my culture teaches me to embrace hard work. The ability to know right from wrong, the vision to see that which is true and real. 

I am Passion 

 Fiercely protective and emotional, I am energy and life. I have an unending desire to do more, to be more. I strive for a better tomorrow. Constantly seeking to push the boundaries, I glow with the passion of my cause.

I am Loyalty

Faithful and diligent, I stick closer than a brother. I’ll hug you close and never let go. Allowing the warmth of my heart radiate through my smile, I’m here to catch you when you fall. Crying with you when you are sad, wiping your brow when you’re ill and slapping sense into you when you need it.

I am Short 

My height or lack of it is my shield and my sword. I am constantly reminded that life is about choices. I choose to wear my height with pride. Not standing higher than my 5ft frame my spirit soars far above skyscrapers.

I am Music 

One with music. It flows through me and reminds me of a better place. Restoring my faith in humanity, the sound flows through my veins. I allow the harmony and the rhythm of sound soothe me. The soft thud of the drums, the delightful chords from the violins forming the beautiful essence of my soul.

I am Love 

Striving to be everything Christ asks, loving every one as He loved us. Constantly reminded of my imperfection, I look up to the author and finisher of my faith. To the One who keeps me from falling, He keeps me grounded safe within his love. He is with me, and I am with him.

I am Air

Whimsical and delightful, I understand that life is fleeting. So when my journey ends and I am no more, I want to be remembered with a smile. One as bright as the one I constantly wear. I want to be celebrated for being a happy person. I want memories of me to only be good ones because like air, my time here should have counted for something.

I am Atoke Ena 

Nurtured for cherish and care from the homestead of warriors deep in the heart of Ogbomosho.