3 months ago I left social media. It was sudden and without warning. I didn’t know what or why I was doing it but I knew I needed to it.
Due to my impromptu exit, a lot was left to chance. Would I still write? Would I leave all platforms? Would I really do it?
Initially, I was going to shut down all my social media accounts but a few people talked me out of it and said I should leave them open in case I have a change of heart and come back. In the end I logged out of WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and anything that would take data; basically, I removed myself from the world.
It was a gruelling process, it involved breaking things down and rebuilding. Starting with friendships, connections and ultimately ending with myself.
I had to break myself down or rather it was a consequence of leaving the ‘world’. The first few weeks were mentally draining. I realised that I used social media as an escape from my problems and funny enough, the problems I was running away from were problems from 6 years ago and further in my past.
The more time I spent by myself, the more everything became so real.
Rebuilding was just as hard, having to decide which relationships to mend and which aspects of myself I wanted to bring back.
In time I found my ambition and drive and I was ready to start anew. I was ready for my Re-Genesis.
I am back from my hiatus but I don’t come empty-handed. With me, I bring African Gentleman, an anthology that is long overdue.
With over 80 new poems and a short story, this collection is my hello to the world.
So follow me on social media, subscribe via email and follow the site, the second leg of our journey is about to begin.
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