Q. Could you tell us about challenges you faced when you were young?
I had this huge complex about my dark skin. I was extremely reluctant to face people or even talk to them. I felt I could not fit among friends and didn't think too much of myself. There were times when I felt there was no purpose that God had even made me for. In two words, I was in identity crisis mode while growing up. Later in college I got messed up with wrong friends. They were the closest people to me and I thought they were the only ones who understood me. Infact they got me into a lot of trouble, thinking that they were helping me. They were good people but I made wrong choices.
Adding to that I also got into a couple of relationships which didn’t work out. These gave me a bigger sense of self because I considered myself low in other areas. Figured I could prove something by getting into relationships. And once I get rejected, I would feel super low. Trust me, I was digging my hole even more and more. Thankfully I wasn’t into any addictions like drugs or alcohol but at the same time I think I went into some negative modes like I would stay out of sight of people and I always liked dark rooms for some reason. Yea, so these were some challenges that I’ve faced while growing up.