I have a passion – I love to play with words and so I write poems and nonfiction books. In 2018, I wrote over fifty poems and my friends encouraged me to get them published.
I knew that I would not be published locally as I was not known, I had never performed a poem before and so no publishing house would take on a poet like myself. I also did not want to take on the expenses of self-publishing.
I decided to search the internet and I found a publishing house in London, I sent them my manuscript and well, “the rest is history.” They loved my work and today I have two published books available worldwide. My publisher tried to get my books on the shelves of book stores in Jamaica and they would not accept them. Today, my books are in stores and libraries in London. You can find them on all major online selling platforms – Amazon, Barnes and Noble, eBay, Walmart, Google Books and others.
You see, the truth is this; we are no longer limited by geographical borders and the refusal of a few to give us a platform for expressing our gifts and talents, we cannot limit ourselves and we must not allow others to limit us. THE WORLD IS YOUR STAGE – PERFORM.
Does the name Koffee sound familiar? She is a young lady who stood locally but performed globally and today she is known worldwide in places she has never visited and by persons she has never seen. Koffee did a song honoring Usain Bolt and posted it on social media, today she is a Grammy Award winner.
Aaah the power of social media and technology!
The world has evolved; the world is evolving. Advances in technology have transformed the world into a single place. Think about it! How many friends do you have on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tik Tok, who you have never met?
Do you remember when we had to write letters and wait for weeks to get a response from friends and family? This is no longer the case; texting, FaceTime, video calling and other technologies have kept persons close, even when far away.
We no longer have excuses for not becoming our best, for not achieving our dreams. THE WORLD IS YOUR STAGE – PERFORM! The only limitations we have are the ones we place on ourselves and when we allow others to imprison us with the chains of their retarded expectations and limitations.
The time has come to break free from self-imposed restrictions and the burdens of people’s limited views of our abilities. Know that it is a reflection of their insecurities and not your capabilities.
It was Mark Twain who said,
“KEEP away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great”
The world is your stage so go and shock the world and every soul that doubted you, everyone who told you that you should not, you cannot and that you will not. Everyone who reminded you of limitations and restrictions but never your potential, show them that you are not limited by THEIR limitations.
What is it that you want the world to know about you and what impact do you want to have on this world? Do me a favour take out your smartphone, do a Google search of your name. What did you see? Are you creating impact, are you fulfilling your dreams?
From the steps of my home in Cornwall Courts, I stepped onto the world’s stage and gave a small performance. I intend to return again and again and again.
So today, if you are a Banker, Teacher, Social Worker, Nurse, Pastor, Plumber, Mechanic, Writer, whatever you do. The time is now to step unto your stage and perform. Dream and dream big.
You, and I, we are no longer limited by time, place or people.
Do not be afraid of “the faces in the audience,” do not tremble because of doubt in your abilities. You can do it.
Martin Luther King Jr. Said it well:
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
We all have greatness in us; the world is your stage – Perform!