Before transitioning into this new position, into this unknown, I have been thinking a lot about what I have learnt that I could bring into this new role. I am 33 years old, I am an educator- have been teaching in some capacity since I was a teenager, I am a wife, I am a mother and like all women, and people, I have many more dimensions than just these.
But the moment I keep tracking back to is my eldest son's first steps. The image of him throwing himself from his ‘scaling’ stage into his first independent steps is as vivid as if it happened yesterday. The days that followed saw him hurling his body from one location to another, more times than not with a great deal of success. Soon, following this stage, he was walking with ease and then running and he hasn’t really slowed since then. None of them have.
I think I keep returning to this moment because I am awed, no, possibly jealous, of a child's fearlessness. In these formative years, before they are conscious of the feelings associated with failure, they throw themselves into achieving whatever goals they set their minds to- walking, eating independently, talking, etc. I too need to remind myself that once upon a time I too stood and walked with this self-certainty and intention (and mastered it). Now, it takes a lot more effort to muster such self certainty, but I am trying to tap into this dimension of myself and move forward into this unknown, because we have a goal, a goal of value and worth and this February our goal goes live.
Our goal is to connect women from all backgrounds, communities and interests in one space. In an accessible, inclusive, thoughtful and non-threatening space. Where we focus on those things that we have in common, rather than those that separate us, so that we can move forward together.