Knowing who you are and how you best function doesn’t mean you should close your mind and actions to other possibilities, or even just to the opportunity to stretch yourself every now and again.
I do things I don’t enjoy, or that don’t come easily to me every now and then. But, this is the beauty of the research that Susan Cain delved into for her book Quiet, I only do it if it serves a purpose I have determined to be important to me or to the world around me, and it must not take away from who I am.
That means I can’t do things that don’t strengthen my spirit for too long, and even when I do, I always find a way to rush back to recovery – often with a book, or going back to spend time just with myself.
The moment you begin to lose yourself, it’s code red.
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Chude Jideonwo is host of the TV and radio network #WithChude, which is creating safe spaces for conversations about mental, emotional and spiritual health across Africa. He is also co-founder of human flourishing company, Joy, Inc.