Life can hurt so much that I know that these words that I have been writing for the last year and a half can’t fully echo my emotions.
But, in writing, I try to be as free as possible because when it comes to real life, I’m only open to a small group of people.
I Quit is an electric collection of hope. I wrote it from a place of hope – a place of unwavering love for myself, my journey, my mind and my soul. As an unbreakable, resilient, soft, fiery and an unapologetic woman, this wasn’t an easy task.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now I quit. I need to run my own race and this journey is purely dedicated to becoming myself and letting people bear witness to my process.
In this collection, I retell stories from my life; honest and vulnerable stories. Stories about being a woman, being lost, being a wife, being a christian, being a dreamer, being Nigerian and all the other facets that constitute my being.
These stories are purposefully arranged into seven interconnected themes; The Birth, The Past, The Friends, The Re-Birth, The Goals and The Lessons. The order is deliberate and is meant to be read from beginning to end. I believe doing so will result in a better experience; a different experience from reading the stories on my blog, connecting various concepts that might not otherwise seem connected.
As a special thank you to my readers, I have also included two never-before-published stories in this collection: The Reality of Marriage and Why I Married A Christian Woman (written by my husband), found in The Real Goals sections. A lot of the pieces have also been re-written to reflect who I am now.
I simply will not allow my mistakes, my missteps, or shortcomings harden me. I’m allowed to be soft with myself and others – even through the hard stuff.
But in all honesty, I am not entirely sure why I have done this collection, but I am not afraid of my truth anymore and I will not omit pieces of me to make anyone comfortable.
My truest and greatest wish is to spark a light in the lives of others. A lot of people only talk about their fears once they have overcome it so I guess I wanted to do something different. I want to build a community of people who are not afraid to share their truths. Near and far.
There is something so glorious in recognising it’s ok to be not ok, and for me, I have only just managed to get these feelings into words. So you don’t have to understand this collection or its purpose, you’re not meant to get everything, but you do get all of me – unfiltered, and you have to accept that without judgment and fear.
Thank you for reading and thank you in advance for supporting me.
Surely I can’t be the only one wanting to read something that’s true?