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The Daily Vulnerable by Chude Jideonwo: “I Have No Baggage”



Immediately I said it, I did a double-take.

Something about it came from deep inside me.

I had just arrived in Lagos from Istanbul. Traveling light as always, with just my hand luggage. As I stepped away from immigration, someone asked me if I needed a trolley – and the answer rolled off my lips: “I have no baggage.”

Of course, I was speaking about my trip. But then I was also speaking about myself.

My unconscious brought that so easily, so effortlessly, because it knew.

I have no baggage.

Anything I feel, I explore.
Any hurt I feel, I deal.
Any person that upsets me, I tell.
Any insecurity, I share.
Any hang-ups, I interrogate.

I have no baggage.

That’s the most important gift I give myself every day.

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Jideonwo is a storyteller, using the research and evidence on human flourishing to inspire new narratives about politics, markets, faith, identity and society in Africa. He is a co-founder of RED, which he ran for 13 years before stepping down in December 2017. One of its companies, StateCraft Inc. handled communication for the Muhammadu Buhari campaign in 2015 and has worked in elections in Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

1 Comment

  1. Cocoa

    August 17, 2018 at 10:17 am

    I wish more people would learn to live like this. Same here brother…i have no baggage! Praise God . And im also a hand lauggage traveller!! 🙂

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