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Find the Courage to Live Empowered

Louise Uwibambe, Kigali, Rwanda



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Six months of working in an African hub of activism has changed my mind. It happened when we started advocating using articles and discussions. I was too shy, too soft, to speak out the truth that can hurt. My heart would always tell me that was capable of doing something, but every time, I tried to make a piece of article I would look at myself and think I wasn’t capable then delete it. I had a lot of questions. Who will publish it? Is it good like all those other articles? I remember myself sitting alone trying to write an article, it was not that I wanted to get concentrated, rather that I didn’t want anyone to know what I was doing (I thought my friends would laugh at me). After joining ITYA, the African hub of activism, I started making articles on the given topic and submitting them, I had an impression that they might be substandard and could not be published but I remembered that there is always a first time and that we all start from the bottom. One morning, I saw my article published on their official website and started reading it, as I read it I realized it was like the articles I used to read. In fact, it was a normal article. What a happy moment! I then started sharing it to my friends; I received a lot of compliments that day. From that moment I took a decision of not having a fear of trying.

Nobody in this world knows you better than yourself. You know your dreams, the goals you need to achieve, your strengths, and even your weaknesses more than anyone else. Therefore, its is you who must empower yourself before you start to empower others. Stand up for your love, discover your true purpose, and find the courage to live your dreams. Be productive, nothing can help us to live our dreams like action, and the effort we put into. Productivity makes us feel clever and driven and accomplished — it raises our mood significantly. Once I get one thing done, I feel a (sometimes disproportionate) sense of accomplishment, and I’m usually motivated to get other things done. So look around and start something.

All of us have experienced the times when we feel down and helpless, but don’t let those times change you. Focus on your dreams and work hard for them because success is earned and it require significant effort to reach the peak. Do not give up! You can have your bread and eat it, too. You can have a better life. You can be happier. Everybody deserves an empowered life. Moreover, giving up on life is literally the most illogical thing a person could ever do. If you're giving up on your life, then I'm afraid you're missing out on an empowered life and the benefits from it.

Once you don’t give up, you will always end up with a solution; it may be different to the solution you are looking for or what you have planned, but it will get the job done. It is essential to come up with that solution. How you come up with that depends on you and the problem itself. However, knowing that there is a solution to any problem that you may have should come as a relief. You just need to spend some time figuring out what you need to do in order to get to where you want to be. Laziness is a poor excuse to give up on empowerment.

My life has offered me an experience that everyone should make a try. Don’t have the fear of trying because success starts with trying. You are the leader of your life, please make it inspiring. Let the world know your talents, show us what you can do. Your society needs your intervention and you won’t intervene if you still walk with shyness. Be strong, stand high, resist against criticism. Whether you are doing good or bad, criticism will always appear so don’t make it a big deal. Simply focus on your dreams and make the world brighter. Be your own role model, remember what you achieved in the past, and you will find the courage to achieve the rest.


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