{Guest Post} Tallis Piaget: My Kim Kardashian Epiphany

  • Friday, October 12, 2012

I resisted the urge to post a photo of Kim Kardashian, because this isn't about her (really, who is she anyway?) ... this post is about you and me. Let's welcome Tallis Piaget, author of Black Boogiemen, which I featured in a Friday 56/Book Beginnings post. Welcome Tallis!


My Kim Kardashian Epiphany by Tallis Piaget

It all started on a dreary Wednesday. I awoke from a troubled sleep stressed about a business deadline. I felt tired, as well as a tad nauseated. My chest was full of phlegm and I just wanted to return to my beckoning bed. Of course that was impossible for I had an important meeting to attend.

Original photo from here.
I pulled into the parking lot with little time to spare and headed directly for the boardroom. After a grueling three-hour meeting, I grudgingly meandered to my desk. Though I resided in a cubicle, as most of my colleagues, I had the fortuitous pleasure of a window view. The only problem was that on this day the outside world reflected what I felt in the inside. It was gray and rainy, not a down pour, merely an incessant drizzle. It was the type of weather that would have depressed the Dalai Lama, and I could barely contain the dismally somber feeling that resonated within my soul. Upon checking my email, I noticed that a friend (from another company) sent me a file containing photographs.

Hoping the pictures were sent by some celestial presence in an attempt to brighten my mood; I proceeded to open the photos and sat baffled. What instantly displayed itself on my screen was a dream. There was an assortment of photographs with Kim Kardashian as the main focus.

Kim was clad in a two-piece bikini, and the paparazzi caught her in a number of different poses. She relaxed, lying in a beach chair with a large martini in her left hand. Most of the other chairs around the giant swimming pool were empty. She was at some luxurious resort and the scene behind her opened to a panoramic view of the ocean. Though my friend sent the photos hoping I would join him in fawning over the beautiful Kardashian, on this particular day I could not.

Looking at this attractive, young woman enjoying an arbitrary Wednesday caused my brain to conjure one idea… better yet, one question. Why is this particular individual able to enjoy all of the finer things in life while I am trapped in this cubicle day in and day out? Why does my life have to follow a path of tedious monotony while Kim’s path is filled with day to day luxury and carefree living? What makes her different?

Of course, there is the obvious… our beginnings. She was born to very wealthy parents, and now she is able to make millions simply because she breathes. I was born to a teen, unwed mother in the poorest part of the inner city, and now make an average living as a biochemist. But we all have our beginnings, good or bad, what we do during our middle is what determines our end (confusing… just think about it, it will make sense later). Accepting this one idea along with the questions I pondered, opened my eyes, and my epiphany rang loud and clear.


There is no difference between Kim and me. Kim Kardashian is no better than Tallis Piaget, and we both can receive all of the grandiose joys life has to offer. At that finite point in time I realized that I actually control my path and I was only destined to live a monotonous life if I so choose to live a monotonous life. I understood that I am truly the captain of my ship, and this ship will go wherever I decide to take it. I finally accepted that the power was within me to attain my dreams. At that exact moment a bomb went off in my brain and my perception of life completely changed. I sincerely began to believe that Brad Pitt was the same as every other man walking these streets. Those people living the dream life are no different than you or I, but there is something that separates them from us. It is their mindset. We think one way, they think another. It is that simple.

To delve into the thought processes of “us” and “them” is another topic all together and I honestly didn’t focus on that subject until I first truly accepted my basic epiphany. I could truly live life how I want unimpeded by mainstream navigation. I no longer have to march to the beat of their drum. I have the power. My destiny is my own. Though these ideas seem basic, they were all new and quite a revelation to this middle aged man. This epiphany has set me free. I hope it does the same for you.

To conclude, I now follow my dreams. I wrote a book that everyone raves about, Black Boogiemen. Publishing the book opened other doors: I edit and write for a magazine, I co-host a local radio show, I give educational and motivational seminars, and more. And I can honestly say that I truly enjoy every single thing I do. I no longer feel forced or unhappy about who or what I am. My perception, my view on life is so wonderful I can barely contain the deep happiness and excitement within. I am now living my dream!

Now you are wondering, what’s the difference between you and me? Absolutely nothing!



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Black Boogiemen by Tallis Piaget
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Synopsis: This book follows Dr. Trenton Branch, a scientist whose extremely meager upbringing came from his grandmother and the cruel inner city streets. He grows to become a world renowned biochemist, living in one of the wealthiest suburbs in the country. One miserable day while visiting his old neighborhood a calamity occurs; this incites the rage of a rabid pit bull within Dr. Branch. He then unites a group of men, waging war against the inner city in an attempt to excise all of its demons. Sparking what some called the “Civil War of 2020” this controversial story touches on all of the untold secrets of black America, while providing a fast past, page turning tale of violence and knowledge.

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