I discovered TNC in 2015 and I fell in love. It was a magical dreamland where it seemed like I was asleep but everyone was so woke. It was a place filled with love, laughter and magic, with a sense of community that I hadn’t felt in a long time. Boy, was I hooked! There were the Cavey’s and the S’s, the Nosa’s and the uncle Efe’s. There were random people like myself passing through with their own uniqueness, dropping a little bit of it here, there and everywhere, all over the TNC website. And how dare I not mention The Toolsman. It was like coming home, to a family that welcomed you with arms wide open.
It wasn’t all fun and games though, it was seriousness too. There were issues discussed that really impressed upon you, the fact that the world is not restricted to the little bubble you live in. ideals, values, morals, all differing based on the individual, lifestyle, environment, upbringing and even experiences. My mind had always been wide open, or so I believed, before TNC, but I had no idea how much more space there was, how much farther it could go. There were articles that shocked me beyond belief, articles that made me cry, articles that reverberated through my soul, articles that made me want to hug the person nearest to me. The best part, INFORMATION! Yes, I honestly can say that I never needed to watch the news or even go on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media app, because it was always all right here on TNC! Although to be honest with myself, my phone might have shut down if I ever tried to download any of those apps. It was all right here, everything a growing girl needed in her boring life.
I have never thought myself an impressionable person and I like to think of myself as a realist. Sometimes though, I look back at the person I used to be and can only marvel at the naiveté I never knew I had. Everything was pretty straightforward; it was good or bad, right or wrong. TNC was a shock to my young system. I begin to really take a good look around me. I began to really question why the world was the way it was. I began to see things from more than just the shallow-minded perspective I previously had. I began to understand what it really felt like to connect with people (thank you NOKIA!). It was all very overwhelming. The world was suddenly unfolding before my very eyes like a further math’s textbook with hidden chapters and all I could see was complex formulae that seemed like a whole load of gibberish to me. I thought, I felt, I kept thinking and feeling. Oh, TNC! What you did to me!
TNC inspired and motivated me. It offered freedom and an anchor to reality.
I’ve been away for so long, too long. I’ve missed you TNC fam!