I’ll never forget standing in front of a dozen or so schools, giving a summary of my final argument during the inter-school debate competition in Mombasa. The year was 1998. I was a scrawny fourteen year-old who had been picked on every so often, especially because of my unusually deep voice and yet here I was, standing in front of classmates, parents and teachers, using my voice to speak on global issues! I won the debate and would go on to appreciate and use my voice for years to come.
While I’ve come a long way since being the girl dubbed ‘frog voice’, I certainly have my self-doubt moments. Am I a good enough mother, wife, friend, worker? On the upside, I now worry less about people perceptions of me and more about whether I’m being intentional enough in my life journey.
Yes,I have battled my own share of insecurities. I think we all have. The problem with lacking confidence is that it ultimately holds you back from doing anything, including taking the all-important first step. Starting a business venture, telling someone how you feel, expanding your horizons.
We can never be sure that what we’re setting out to achieve will work out the way we want it to. Sometimes it flops in your face. But what if you make confidence intentional? If you decide there is no other choice but to BE confident? To take that first step anyway, despite what may come your way?
This week I feel like I’m writing my posts down not only to speak to someone who may be getting in their own way, but in a sense, speaking to myself! What if we decided to embrace possibilities instead of mulling over impossibilities? If we dared to go after what we wanted instead of being held hostage by the fear of what the outcome could be? Here’s to the week of possibilities and the steps we can take to move forward. Together. Let’s own the week! ??
We shot these images in the backyard of the Westwood Hotel (http://westwoodhotelkenya.com); picturesque and fitting for my season of reflection.
Dress: @kwesh.ug for @kungarakenya
Accessories: Maasai Market
Make up: @rosentongondu