This assignment is long overdue, thanks for the encouragement I received in my e-mail, I am nowfinishing this up. You can read some of my old submissions in my site and I hope I can get more of you to know me better after this.
Mapping my personal asset was a way for me to acknowledge who I am, not waiting for someone to tell me about it but rather it was a chance for me to look at myself from inside out and I have to say I am happy with what I had discovered I have. I maybe undermining myself when I say I have nothing much to share but actually, if you may allow me, I have a lot to share and I hope it goes beyond this writing.
I am an easy going kind of person, easily relatable. Although I have my tempers but who doesn’t right? Over years of working in development, meeting people from all background, from different cultures, I learned to stretch my patience and be more adaptable. It was not easy with my personality but with opening my mind a little bit more I managed to curb them and use them to my advantage. When I am at work I command respect by befriending most of my staff, there was no other way in my opinion and through that I make sure they still know their boundaries and that nothing is achieved without mutual respect, and then I get what needs to be done with less stress and mumbling under breath.
My family is my inspiration and I am lucky to belong to one that celebrates success and that allowed me and my siblings to be who we want to be. There were no pressure from my parents, they are not the kind who tells their children who they should be, so that was always a good thing. My siblings and I enjoy who we are now and that is thanks to my parents and immediate families who helped raised us. I was born and bred in the city and being a high achiever was nothing new to us but my personality iskindalaid back – I don’t stressthat easily and I carried it through my work life. I believed that everything can be solved and nothing good comes out when done in a rush but I do have good tendencies to have bright ideas during “crunch times”.
I have few besties but those I have are the few that in spite of the distance and time we never lost touch and never lost the interest in each other’s lives. We all lived different lives, I am the only one who’s not in a relationship but it doesn’t matter, we all choose the life we live and that’s all that matters. Over the years though, I made tons of new friends, they come and go and some stick around even in social medial. That’s given with the kind of work I do, staying short time in a country is difficult to forge a lasting friendship than when you’re in school but it does not stop me from reaching out – I am good at sending emails and messages whenever I can and in whatever occasion. So far I am happy with the lot I have and I have enough room to accommodate more J
Now that I don’t take long mission, I have time to join a local disability group and volunteer my time, skills and knowledge (and sometimes my cooking). This is to help them set up the organization well, using my experience doing the same in other countries. We don’t have a very strong support group for people with disabilities, who’s often marginalized in all aspect of life and living. Where I live is hilly and for a person using an assistive and mobility devices that would be a challenge. At the same time, our government is riddled with corruption, the money intended for the sector is oftendiverteddo something or somewhere elsebecause most of the members of the group doesn’t know how to access them and are often thought to be stupid to know.
We have a very bad case of “padrino system” in the country especially where I live. Nepotism is rife and always a hindrance to the development of one community and it’s hard for me to break in because one, I am not very political and two, I am very outspoken, slightly diplomatic and always not loved by those in power (temper remember?). I also deal the same thing in Africa and other Asian countries I worked in but it’s different when you’re in your country because it goes straight to the core and it can easily blew a fuse!
Good that I am well versed with local laws and international treaties on disability, gender and children’s rights, so I use them to help advocating for the group. It was not very easy having been away for so long but slowly I am building my local network of professionals and experts I can use to progress my cause and use my international network for other things – new trends and maybe financial support, now that would be great!
I hope to be able to do a lot for the group – long term and be able to raise their level of confidence to be who they want to be and to bring their organization above par simply because the people I am joining with now are empowered just me and the people I helped over the years.
Wish me luck!