Frontlines of my life

Araba
Posted February 13, 2017 from Ghana

Frontlines of mylife.

The hidden potentials: Why wait on others!

The early morning fresh cool wind, the cheerful faces of my community members: young people with vigor, the old men and women and their determination to survive. These are among the many qualities that draws me to my community. I take a cursory look at my community and I see people selling on the street doing lots of hard work. Women at the seaside, smoking and frying fish for the markets. I see my mom and aunties and some old women carrying food stuffs to sell, then coming home to cook and tender after their husbands and the rest of the family.

I look around and I see challenges in the midst of plenty. I see nature’s endowments all over. In the middle of the hardship is the woman and youth figure. I see lots of young people, brave, strong bold and full of energy, not channeling it into the drive and initiatives that I long to see. I look at the young people, strong bold full of energy and they do nothing much! They wait on the adults for approval and directions, but I ask who is more in tuned to the world, who has more drive, who has more passion and vigor? Who can dance well to the rhythm of change? The young people of course! I don’t want to be kept waiting on politicians to better my community. In my fantasy and in my world, I feel I have enough self-drive to initiate the change I want to see. But how do I get the rest of the young people on board!

Natural endowments, passion, energy, vigor I ask why don’t they gather themselves and do something creative, innovate own something called the youth initiative. I long to see the self-drive, the confident, passion to be creative and their voices heard on issues. I am crazy to see the young women and girls to have a voice and own their bodies. I see lots of wannabes in my community, I see them trying to catch up with modern trends, I see them, some with smart phones, some in latest fashion, and some wanting to see the world beyond the community. But how can they be a better rate of themselves and create their own better option in the community with their available endowments.

I picture the young people which include myself, initiating, and igniting avenues to create the development we want to see in our own community. In my big spectacles I see what some young people have done in their communities with their diverse talents and shades of passion. I ask: why can’t we do same to bring out the best in our community? I look within me and I feel the power within me and the opposition in me. One group want to break the glass ceiling and another ask the question: what do I have to offer? What do I have? I sense in me that I can do something. I question myself who will help me unearth my potentials, I believe I can but I lack self-drive ,I long for my passion and desire to be ignited I feel my energy I feel my passion, I feel my artistic senses and believe I can make an impact but how? How can I break from such self-doubt, to fuel my passion and drive? These are the inner struggles of the young people in my community, just like myself.

I see the wannabes want to be great leaders they have unmotivated leadership potentials but who will help them to identify their strength potentials and capabilities. Who will help them? They have a voice and choices to make. Who will help them discover their own potentials, unleash their talents, and drive their passions to create a better community, and be better rates of themselves. We are tired of waiting on others for a turn around, we want to do it ourselves! I say it worth trying it than never!

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Jill Langhus
Feb 14, 2017
Feb 14, 2017

Hi Araba. Thanks for your inspiring story. Your passion is most likely your purpose. There is a reason why you don't see it in others, quite possibly. You are probably meant to make a difference. The confidence will come and there are ways that you can work on that, like prayer, for a start. What is your vision? What would you like to create in your community? If you have the dream, you can build it:-)

Araba
Feb 24, 2017
Feb 24, 2017

Thanks jlangus, for your advice. I believe in prayers as well, especially when you are at a crossroad and don't know what to do.

Jill Langhus
Feb 24, 2017
Feb 24, 2017

You're welcome:) I'm looking forward to more posts from you...

Katalina
Feb 28, 2017
Feb 28, 2017

Hi Araba - You have such a powerful story!  I am looking forward to your new post on Thursday.  I encourage you to create your dream and make it happen!  You can do it!  All the Best, Kathi