I have come to the conclusion that I am UnEmployable and that 2021 must be the year that I employ myself.
I am UnEmployable because I am no longer willing to use my intellectual prowess, ability, and capacity to advance the ambitions of people and institutions that are not working towards the best interest, and the freedom of people that look like me.
I am UnEmployable because I can no longer remain in professional spaces that require that I be less.
That I be less outspoken,
That I be less direct in my communications,
That I be less truthful about what is right and what is wrong.
As a black woman maneuvering in predominately professional white spaces I have constantly had to compromise my authenticity and telling the unvarnished truth for the comfort of others. Either because they couldn’t handle it or because they simply don’t like it.
I realize that I have come to the place where I must employ myself, so that I can do the things that make me most happy and fulfilled. I must employ myself so that I can help other black women live lives of intention that bring them joy and fulfillment.
I must employ myself because on this journey to my professional and personal freedom employment by anyone else is no longer acceptable to me.
America is a place that constantly demands that Black people be less so that others can be more.
As black women especially we are required to make so many compromises so that others can be comfortable. I just can’t do it anymore. Because I don’t want to.
My happiness and the acquisition of my freedom requires that I strike out on my own not just by leaving America but by working for myself.
I am UnEmployable because I am Unwilling
to bring anything
but my fully authentic self
to my work and my life.
As you continue to follow me on this blog I will share more about not only my plans to relocate abroad but how I will finance it. I hope sharing my plans, my struggles, my challenges and my triumphs will inspire you and others.
And if you wish it for yourself, I hope that someday you will be UnEmployable too.
How many of you have come to the realization that you are UnEmployable?
What did you do when it happened?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
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