I love the light that comes with Akwaeke Emezi. It is a deliberate one. And it’s quite contagious.

In a recent Instagram Post, the Author of FRESHWATER, wrote;

yesterday my new therapist (a black woman, yay!) told me i need to outline precisely what happiness looks like for me, so that i know how to recognize it when i get it. i think that’s phenomenal advice for new planets forming. i found out today that #FRESHWATER🌊 didn’t make the shortlist for a prize it was longlisted for, and didn’t win a prize it was shortlisted for 😅 which has happened with every award nomination so far. i’m competitive and nigerian, so trust me, it does not feel fun 😂 but it reminds me to define precisely what ‘success’ looks like for me. before my book came out, i thought award money would be my only chance at financial stability. maybe it’s that thing of oh you have to be *excellent* as a black writer to even survive off your work? idk. last april, i decided i wanted to buy a house. i calculated i might be able to afford it by book five, certainly no sooner. it’s less than a year later, and we’re painting #shinythegodhouse💫 with pink and white limewash. sometimes, success doesn’t look like what you dreamt of—it looks like goals that didn’t even fit in your dreams. shift your centers. be precise about your goals, recognize when you’ve reached them. take a moment and celebrate whatever ‘winning’ means for you 🙌🏾💞🌊💫

In addition to the INSTAGRAM POST she also put up an Instagram Story saying;

I wanted FRESHWATER to reach leaders who needed it and I am still astonished by how that’s happening. Thank you to everyone who has read it, shared it, spread it around. That’s the best win.

What did I take from the posts:

1) Take note of what happiness looks like for you so that you know how to recognize it when you get it.

2) Define precisely what success looks like for you.

3) Sometimes success does not look like what you dreamt of – it looks like goals that didn’t even fit into your dreams.

4) Take a moment and celebrate whatever winning means for you!

Please we are taking in all of these energy and positive vibes.

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