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2020: We Have To Keep Moving

Boat, Lake, Look Ahead, Nature

It’s been a while since I posted. It’s also a little bit awkward because when I started this blog, the intention was to blog for 100 days (5 days a week, for 20 weeks). 

I barely lasted two weeks.

Not long after I started my blogging journey, the world around me went up in flames. Everywhere I looked, there was a crisis. In the midst of a pandemic, people all over the world have to put that trauma aside to fight for basic rights from the people who are meant to “protect” and “provide” for us.

As if dealing with the mess that is 2020 wasn’t bad enough for us. 

I got to a point where I decided I was going to push off posting any content for a week and I’d return when I was in the right frame of mind. It also felt disingenuous trying to push any form of content while the world around me was on fire. Seeing the world suffering.

I was suffering, too.

The last few months have been ushered in dark, scary times riddled with violence and disillusionment. And not for one country alone. If you take a look around, you’ll find a reason to question this world we live in. 

The struggle still goes on.

It’s been three months since I decided to take that break and the world is still on fire.

On the 20th of October, 2020, peaceful protestors were gunned down by the Nigerian army – the same army that pledged to protect their country. The bloodshed continues, the lies from governing bodies continue, and all because citizens asked for the right to live as dignified humans.

There is a genocide going on in Congo and millions of people have died to date. Innocent lives are being wiped out for what? Why?

Young women continue to fight against gender-based violence in Namibia and the governing bodies are choosing to do everything but address the issue and implement change to protect the vulnerable.

In Zimbabwe, the fight for freedom..the fight against censorship continues. Life isn’t normal. My people continue to jump through back-breaking obstacles to get basic tasks done. And when we try to speak up…we are met with violence.

I’ve only mentioned four places. I haven’t even spoken about Yemen, Syria, Mozambique, Côte d’Ivoir, South Africa, China,…

The world is on fire and sometimes the only thing I feel is stuck.

The world is on fire, but we have to continue. We’re expected to keep going on. I’ve struggled to grasp that concept for the last three months, but here I am.

I would be lying if I said I’m comfortable with the concept of being back here, writing.

And as I write, and reflect on what this year has brought us, I feel a very deep gratitude for social media.

Honestly, Thank God for social media.

I shudder to think of what would have happened in these times if we didn’t have it. Yes, as divided as we may be on opinions, on politics, etci there’s a general respect and regard for human rights that we are all uniting over.

It hurts that we have to be functional in these times, but I believe there is a way to make this work. To stand in the gap. To use one’s voice correctly. So, that’s why I am back. Because writing is my life’s work and to leave it would be doing no good to my life.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned this year is that life is so frail. We have to do the meaningful work in any way possible.

Career Choices and A Newer Direction

This blog is also a part of my career – more now than ever. I’ve been given a chance to merge my love for writing with venturing into a new field and it’s an opportunity to tak for granted.

A couple of weeks ago I took what would be considered quite a different direction in career choices, and found myself in real estate.

Real Estate?

Real Estate.

I work with an agency called Elite Door Properties and this experience has already come with so many lessons.

We were out looking at a recently finished residency. There’s a story here that I’ll tell you all about soon.

I’ll unpack those lessons in later posts, but for now I want to dwell on one thing. 

Leaving my comfort zone and taking a leap of faith. I’m a major advocate of taking chances, learning as you go, etc.

But when my friend, Ahmet, reached out to me about this opportunity all my advocacy disappeared. I was quarter to turning it down not because of my availability, wondering how I’ll fit, etc. No. I was simply afraid.

 I wanted to say no because I’ve never been in this field before. I thought it wouldn’t be a fit but to be honest, I was saying no because I was afraid. I was afraid of stepping out of my comfort zone, I was afraid of trying to take a chance, I was simply afraid.

But, I had to ask myself. Is this how you want to define yourself? With fear?

Of course not – and that’s all I needed to dive in. The EDP team made it very easy to say yes, too. I’m grateful to be surrounded by people who believe in collective winning. When I’m not working with them, I’m handling my remote jobs and they’re welcoming of my weird work setup.

Like I said, these guys believe in helping everyone win.

TJ, my boss, says it everyday.

“There’s no room for greed here, because where does that get you? I’d rather focus on collaborating, bringing other people in, so we all win together.”

I don’t think I’d be back here if it weren’t for the team. They push me to be better everyday and I don’t take it for granted.

To think that this job would have led to me actually coming back to my purpose work. If that doesn’t say, “This is where you’re meant to be.”

Then I don’t know what does.

I’ll write more about the team in future posts because they’re a key part of this journey. 

You see,  I’ve restructured this blog to write about the things that mattered the most to me. 

Personal Growth & Development: I love to talk about growth, I’m obsessed with growth I’m obsessed with productivity. 

Marketing this  is my passion, and I love to talk to anyone who listens to me, so you’ll get that too.

And my journey in real estate, with the team at Elite Door Properties

There are so many things I’ve already written down that I want to share. And that’s the power of having an environment of people who want to see you win.

It’s contagious.

So as I close off this piece, I’ll end it with a final reflection.

The world is on fire. People are in pain. We have so many questions.

But we also have each other and that’s the only way we’re going to get through this. There is unlimited power in human understanding and connection and that’s why external forces keep trying to put it out.

We’re stronger, though. You’re stronger.

The only option we have is to keep going. To live. To fight. To push. To strive.

And we’ll win in the end, we will.

Because when we work together, that’s when we win.

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