Nancy DeGuapa
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I'm Here... Again

Hey there, it’s Nancy here. My last post on The Community was in 2018 and a lot has happened in the two years I was away. For one, I did a year of national youth service, and then I started a master’s degree program in history.

Recently, I started NancyTalks, a podcast on Anchor where I share my opinions on African cultural issues. But I also want to talk about other things that are quite unrelated to African culture, and that’s why I created this blog.

In 2018, I posted some of my first written poetry here (which I deleted. Sorry!). I used to write poems as an escape from what I was feeling at the moment. I had recently graduated from the university and my life didn’t feel so right. You know how you spend so much time on something only to feel like you shouldn’t have done it in the first place.

So I wrote poems. And then I stopped writing for a while. I also stopped doing some other things because I was trying to figure what exactly I should be doing.

I happen not to be one of those people who choose careers at maybe age 10 or 15 and just stick to it for the rest of their lives. I’m actually fascinated by those ones but, unlike them, I’m always trying out new things, trying to see what else I can do.

I used to think my curiosity was a problem because I assumed that I should make up my mind early enough so I can just focus on the one thing I want to do. But I’ve come to understand that not everyone makes up their minds so easily.

I also understand now that it’s not a bad thing. There are those of us who don’t just want to settle when there is possibly a better option out there. And that’s okay and should even be encouraged. I think people should be more open to new things. There just might be something better for you, who knows?

There are people who are very much content with what they do, and it’s fine if they’re not looking for something different. But if you’re wondering if there is something better for you out there, you really should go find out. And if it all leads back to where you are now, great! 

When I went back to writing, I wrote a bit of poetry and some short stories. Then I decided to try other forms of writing. I then settled for content marketing because it allows me to still explore my creativity.

I’m still very much open to exploring other fields, and I hope to share my journey as I go.

But while I’ve accepted that I may not be settling for one vocation at this point, I want to be able to make up my mind about some other stuff, like cutting my hair or moving to another state or something.

I’m undecided about things because I want to be sure I’m making choices I won’t regret. I know that’s something a lot of people can relate to. So, I would like to know:

How do you know you’re making the right choice?

Do you also change your mind like I do? Or are you one of those who makes choices and just stick to it?

Let me know in the comments.

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