This collection serves as a message to motivate you. To do what? To be a miner, and mine your own glory. Use whatever tools it takes to find the precious resources that are hiding within the layers of YOU. Bring them to the surface, polish them and show them to the world!
True excavation is introspection + extraction. To see what is inside you have to first reveal the layers to yourself - and to do that, you have to dig.
You dig, and you dig, and you dig. You dig past the infrastructure that has been installed most recently in your psyche. These shallow layers are the ones that help you survive and navigate in your current space and time.
You dig past these, down beneath your modern history. Your family, your culture, their pain and their joy.
You dig so deep that you reach the depths of your ancient history. Stay there for a while...be grateful to have earned these layers of experience.
But don't stay forever. You must keep digging.
All of this is still just the constructed foundation on which you have been built. You are a construction project that has taken millennia. Understand that even still you are in the process of becoming YOU.
Don't expect digging past the foundation to be easy. Be patient. Take your time. Look at all the layers on your way. Sometimes, it can get dark down there, but don't give up. Dig deeper.
When do you get to lay down your shovel?
When the time comes, you will know. You will not just see, but you will witness the elements that you have been digging for. They will shine brighter than anything you could have previously imagined. They will dance and sing, and move you. Your eyes will be opened. You will be awestricken.
Finally you will wipe your brow, lean your shovel against the wall of your vast self, and begin the most important work of your life. You will carefully extract those most precious elements.
You will bring them to the surface.
You will prepare them, and package them well.
You will share them with the world.
And this will fill you with unimaginable bliss.
- abiola idowu
June 28 2022. Brampton Ontario, Canada.