Anyone that knows me would know that I’m a youtube junkie. Since I discovered youtube, I would actually go on youtube at least once most days, especially when I’m eating. Someone I discovered a while ago on Youtube is @jackieaina I had kind of heard about her in passing, may have had her videos recommended to me by youtube a few times but one day, I watched a video of hers, subscribed and the rest is history.
Recently, after taking a bit of a break from youtube, she came back with this video captioned “Black Influencers Aren't Relatable and Don't Post Anymore” and as you can see, that’s a pretty catchy caption so, I clicked on it. At some point in the video, she spoke about how she felt like she had built a platform on authenticity more than she has on relatability. And her reasons for this are simple. According to her, a part of adulthood is just moving in and out of different phases that people are just always not going to be able to relate to. She gave an example of not being able to relate with her friends that are experiencing parenthood. She added that as Nigerian and Carlifornian, there are going to be things that some of her black followers would not be able to relate to. She explained that this is precisely why she uses her platform to talk about things she was passionate about rather than things she felt like people would relate to.
Frankly speaking, she’s not wrong. The more successful you become, more often than not, the less relatable you become, which is why successful people (in terms of finance and influence) are termed as “the one percent”. The reason is simple, there are just not that many people on that level in society when compared to lower or middle classes and you don’t need to feel bad about that. Just ensure that no matter how high you climb in your ladder of life, you don’t lose your authenticity even if people can’t always relate. #BeeYou #AdultingChronicles