It’s International Women’s Day (IWD). Here’s wishing all the female followers of this page (60% of all the page followers!) a very Happy IWD! The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘make it happen!’ That theme thoroughly resonated in me.
Make it happen! Make what happen? Do you remember who you were before the world taught you who you should be? Do you remember the dreams you had before the world told you they couldn’t be achieved? Do you remember the plans you had, before the world told you it was impossible? What would you do differently if you had the chance?
I’ll share a bit of my own story. I was born into a family of doctors and it was always understood that I would be a doctor. I rebelled at some point and decided to apply for Marketing in the university (In my senior year in secondary school, I offered a combination of subjects that would have allowed me apply for medicine, marketing, law etc). Just before the exam, perhaps because my parents let me be, I decided I didn’t need to prove a point and went back to my first love, medicine. However, l felt medicine could be a bit more interesting than the 9 to 5 hospital routine. I will not bore you with the whole story and the whole journey I undertook to prove this 😀
Suffice it to say that in 2010, during a chance conversation with a friend, he mentioned talk show….and that was it! He wasn’t asking me to do a talk show, he was talking about a talk show he had watched but because I had been on a quest to find out what exactly I wanted to do with myself beyond just working’, immediately he said that, it resonated. And that was it! I was in that state of euphoria of ‘I now know exactly what to do with my gift and knowledge’ for about 2 weeks. And then, it hit me…..how do I make this happen? I was a regular medic, worked in a hospital for a while, went into health insurance etc. All my contacts were in these fields. How on earth would I move this dream from my head to the screen? Essentially, what would make it happen?
Well, that answer didn’t come easy. I checked the Internet for production companies, ended up making a couple of errors….scratch that, a lot of mistakes 😀 But I kept seeking…for sponsorship, for help, for advice, for every help I could get! And finally, in 2013 we went on air with our first show. By this time, most of my friends didn’t even know I was still pursuing this dream. But I stayed focused and prayerful and it happened.
So, what is it you want to do? What is it you’re wondering whether you can put together? Go out and make it happen. I came across a saying yesterday and it really resonated with me…Having a dream gets you started, having discipline keeps you going. That discipline is so important when it feels like nothing is happening, but you’re convinced that this is your place. So, dream and have the discipline to keep at it. This message is for women just as it’s also for men. We’ve got all it takes to do great things…we limit ourselves by reminding ourselves of all the reasons why our dreams can’t be achieved. Why not do the reverse and everyday, remind yourself of one new reason why your dream is a sure – banker?
The floor is now open…People, let’s make It happen!
PS: Just in case you wondered the wellness issue here, making your dream happen improves your emotional, mental, spiritual and even physical health 🙂