This is how I wish to apply to be featured for my transformative work with technology; I wish to tell you about our love relationship that is technology and I. I wish to share this to also state that I am and have been so committed to help others know that embracing technology like I did and still do, has way more advantages than disadvantages.
It was exactly on the 26th of December 2013 and I was 34 years old. I had moved to Brussels, Belgium in that year to do an LLM in International Law with International Relations (I mention this only to let you readers see that some in my country can even study all the way to a PhD without knowing pretty much about technology - especially back then), and even using a laptop consistently and and with love, was still a challenge for me. But now in Brussels I had little to no choice, for example I had to print out my route on google maps either at home or on campus so that I remember my stop. Can you visualize how desperate or even handicapped I could get if for example I was late to catch a bus or the next one was late due to any reason including the snow? That an much more were things I couldn't do because I didn't have a smart phone - yes when everyone around me had one - even kids - I was sad.
Then came my first Christmas in Belgium, the first one in my life to have a big decorated Christmas tree - an oh my a wrapped up Christmas present from my boyfriend at the time. I call him my Super Super Hero and have written a post here to talk about how he helped to get started, catch up and even over take myself with what I can do with technology.
It wasn't an easy journey, sometimes the love relationship isn't one at first sight and that's how ours started. I mean as much as I admired the gadget, I wondered how on earth I was every going to master all what I could use it to do. Let's just muse on what I wrote o a Facebook post as can be seen on the third picture I attach.
Well, let me keep my emotional but lovely relationship with technology short. We fell so in love and 7 years later here I am on numerous platforms both online and offline, using technology to reach out to others and to keep working on myself. Our relationship is still so full of love because my lover allows me to do pretty much what I need to do to reach out to others, empower others like I am constantly empowered by all am getting and doing out there you know. This morning I was actually with the Access kids at the American Language Center in my city to deliver a presentation on the Women's day theme for this year. I used a projector for my power point presentation and we were able to check out some interesting facts and world affairs surrounding the topic as we spoke. It was so fascinating for them.
I really feel I deserve increased visibility, coaching and encouragement to keep doing what I do and want to continue doing. Women in particular need to know it is possible, and that technology is not only to keep in touch with others and follow fashion trends and paparazzi news - but nope there is more to what we can do with all the many apps available and all the global platforms we can join to learn more and share more.
I am not sure I would have ever been so phenomenal, fulfilled and impactful as I am today if I wasn't so in love with technology - a love which is so mutual even if sometimes like all other lovers (at least most I suppose), there may be moments of mistrust, abuse, break ups and love which is more than strong again.