Concern Yourself With the Depths
“Concern Yourself With the Depths” was written by guest contributor Babajide Faseyi.
Beginning my 3rd year of college, I phoned my parents one day and said: I want to drop out of college. I said, whatever it is that I am meant to learn in college, I have already learned by now. I believe that I have conquered the challenge of college. I want to move on to another thing. I want do something that comes from within. I wanted to do something that satisfied my inner yearning, but I could not interpret that yearning. I think my parents were shocked, but I don’t think they were deeply surprised, because they knew their son.
What I wished I knew then was that, even though I did not know what to do if I was to drop out of college, I did not have to know it. We erroneously think that we always have to know what to do next, but we really do not have to know. We only need to let ourselves be guided by the depths of ourselves, and then to take our next most natural step, in boldness and in courage.
What I also wished I knew then was that I did not have to interpret the yearning that I had within myself. I did not have to say: this is what it is and this is what I want to do. I just had to let that yearning guide me, and to keep on guiding and guiding me. I only had to trust that that deeper yearning would never ever lead me astray, but would lead me to what I had always wanted, even though I could never quite formulate what that was with words.
The not knowing of what to do if I was to drop out of college, and the not being able to interpret the yearning that I had, coupled with the advice that I received from outsiders, and also coupled with the fact that I was a foreign student, were the factors that led me to complete college, against my own deepest will. The not knowing that I did not have to know, is also what led me to make more mistakes down the line of my life, like my decision to go to dental school, when I truly knew from my deepest depths, that I had no business there.
It is all much more clearer now than it was then though, when the sway of societal and material passions, along with strong outside influences and advice, were all too strong for my under-developed heart and mind and intuition to resist.
But I am happy and grateful that I have walked the path that I have walked, and have made these mistakes. They are all a part of my way. They are my gifts and they are my children, given to me to help me to become a true expression of my true self. They have taught me the value of living every moment of my life from the depths of myself, because otherwise, I will only be setting myself up for something that will end up not working, and that will later have the pull of regret.
Learn from my experience, and concern yourself with your depths and leave the rest. Stand your ground and follow the trail of your deeper passions, because your greatest happiness and your deepest satisfaction in life depend on it. Concern yourself with the truest part of yourself, and you will not set yourself up for regret. Remember that you do not have to know, and that you only need to let yourself be guided.
You only need to let yourself be guided by the depths of your own self.
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About the Author: My name is Babajide Faseyi. I was born and raised in Nigeria and then moved to the United States for college at the age of 19. In my 20’s, I became acutely aware that there was more to life than I had been taught and this led me to a deep search. I read voraciously. After a period of disillusionment with not having an outlet for the creativity that I felt within myself, I encountered Eckhart Tolle’s book, The Power of Now. And thus, the journey of knowing who I truly am and the discovery of what I have to offer creatively began. The links to my facebook pages where my writings are posted are –facebook.com/bababajide and facebook.com/babajideinc.
Image Source: This image was created by Cameron Gray, and was reposted with permission from the artist.