Yesterday morning I went running in my tropical “old school” Miami Shores neighborhood and had a “LOL” moment about my own personal brand. Equipped with my iPod loaded with Madonna’s new album, Hard Candy, which I highly recommend, I headed out to start my 5 month’s late, new year’s resolution of running three times a week in the mornings.
It was a humid morning, like every other morning in Miami during the Summer, and the air was filled with a thick smell of honeysuckle which was a great motivator to keep me running. Fifteen minutes into the run, I tripped on a mango and immediately thought, “Oh my God a free mango, during a food crisis, i must pick it up and run with it.” The other part of my brain where the senses and memory dwell at the same time experienced a quick flashback to when I was a child spending a summer in Puerto Rico. Mangos have always been a reminder of Puerto Rico and cultural identity for me, not only because i love them but because as a child I was taught to believe that the best, most special Mangos came from my island. That may not be the case but as a child this gave me great pride.
Continuing on my run, with iPod in left hand and now Mango in right, i felt complete. I continued for another 15 minutes and came across the Saint Rose of Lima Church and found myself inspired to stop in front of her statue. In acknowledgment, I made the sign of the cross (which i have not done in years) and laughed out-loud. I was listening to Madonna, taking a moment to pray to Saint Rose all the while holding my iPod and my Mango. What a fantastic reflection of who I am and what my personal brand is all about. I am a constant contradiction of interests and thank God for that.
Message of the story: be who you are, laugh at yourself and remember it’s o.k. to embrace technology while respecting culture and heritage. And It’s great to pray while listening to a Iconic pop-star. Accept your contradictions and celebrate who you are.