By Vera Marion
A question is posed: Who is the most successful person in Kenya or the world? …several names pop up.
Another question is posed: Who is the richest man in Kenya or in the world? …..several names of course pop up.
Another question is posed: Who is the most beautiful woman or handsome man in Kenya or the world?….several names definitely pop up.
It is often said that life and death lies in the tongue. We have the ability to utter positive things in our lives that will impact us positively and vice-versa. Many are the times that we never see the good in us. For women, it will be about not having that perfect figure, whichever that figure is. It will be about not having a beautiful hair (read weave) as her colleague. It will be about comparing herself to another and finding fault with herself and wanting to change something about herself. I do not know what men fret about but it may be that they don’t have that six pack like that neighbour who is forever in the gym. It could be that they don’t have the real biceps to show and so go out to buy a bicep pad that will make them appear like they have one.
Yet when we look deep within ourselves there is so much richness in us that the world cannot be able to contain. I am reminded of a song by Jonathan Butler that says “It’s already there what you’re looking for…its already there don’t have to search anymore…open your eyes believe that its true…its already there inside of you…”
It is in you to be the most successful person in Kenya or in the world. It is deep inside you to be the richest person in Kenya or in the world. It is deeply ingrained in you, to be the most beautiful woman or handsome man in Kenya or in the world. All you have to do is believe it.
Let not other people or things define who we ought to be or should be. Let us define ourselves in a unique way that will set us apart from the rest.
So the next time these questions are asked: Who is the most successful person in Kenya or the world? Let not several names pop up, say your name and mention all the successful things that you have done and feel proud about them. When you are asked who the richest man in the world or in Kenya is, proudly say you are and declare the riches that you poses. Big or small. It doesn’t matter. When asked who is the most beautiful woman or handsome man in Kenya or in the world. Do not hesitate to say that you are and boldly show off your beautiful or handsome features. After all we often say that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. If that be the case then walk that talk.
Am not saying that we should not celebrate the achievements and successes of others. We should do that, but we should also celebrate ourselves because if we do not praise ourselves (not in a proud way) then no one will. And all we will be doing is counting and ticking those who have already achieved and forgetting to look at the milestones that we have achieved.
So as we celebrate women’s day on Sunday, let us celebrate the women who have made a difference in our lives but also do not forget to celebrate yourself for all that you have done as a woman.