When I wrote Tomorrow Can’t Wait, I never thought my life would change as drastically as it did. The goal was to take my procrastination and present it to the world. I wanted to really highlight how resentment and fear can create deep thorns when we fail to bring light to our stories. I learned so much from the stories of my students as they grappled to communicate effectively. In their pursuit to share their stories, create exciting marketing campaigns and find solutions to challenges, I recognized the patterns of self-doubt and routine-like work ethic that can often lead us to having average outcomes.
I remember the first paragraph I wrote when I decided to write my book as I sat in a Starbucks in Atlanta. When I began to write from my gut, my pen seemed to move entirely on its own. With time I came to appreciate the truths that came out of that book and learned the valuable lesson of stomping the negative reminders of my past. As a High School student, I did just enough to appease those around me. Even when those individuals thought I was an enigma with the talents of playing the piano, writing, singing, and dancing and seemingly lack of interest in some of my school subjects, I recognized there was no real expectation for me to succeed beyond the norm. I knew there was more that I could do, but succumbed to the average expectations people had of me.
With that in mind, I had already traveled to Paris at 16, been a top leader as a college student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and had became a college professor at 23. In my heart I still knew that there were books I wanted to write, productions I wanted to create and innovations I desired to produce at the young age of 25. Tomorrow Can’t Wait, allowed me to see how much I blamed circumstances and perceptions on my inability to lead a life of vigor.
It has been some years since I have written TCW and I am now in the midst of working on a second volume. This book will highlight my personal narrative of rising out of poor self-acceptance, maltreatment and depression. I hope you will join me on the journey!
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