I blog for Change…

As I attempt to orient the windy and often treacherous roads that encapsulate life, here are some of my thoughts on the successes, failures and ultimately the hope and positivity in which I strive for a better world. I also hope that I can use this blog as a platform to elevate the social justice issues that are somewhat forgotten in the modern discourse of staying silent on issues that challenge. Sx

To be brave.

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I’m always surprised at how quickly life can change, and how the path that was once so fruitful and open suddenly becomes a dead end. At every one of these junctures, it’s human nature to react with shock and wonder what on earth happened and should I have seen the signs towards the road ending?!

I’ve tried really hard this year to stay present in each moment and not look too far into the future. In my opinion, I’ve done this well however this has left me open to the possibility of looking up and realising that there is no further to go down the chosen path. Whilst it’s important to not get lost in a preconceived idea of the future, it is also imperative to reflect on the journey embarked on so far, reassess and then choose an alternative.

A recent experience has reminded me of the type of life that I want to live. I always tend to speak about being brave and risk taking throughout my existence. I sometimes think, that people misunderstand the meaning of this and instead of applying this into situations where it’s a true risk to take that leap, they channel it towards things that they can control. When I speak about taking risks, I mean it in the true sense of the word. Through having an open heart, an open mind and a willingness to make yourself vulnerable for what may lay ahead. This is what true bravery is, letting go of control, allowing life to happen and enjoying the ride.

It is innate human nature to instinctively close yourself off to the things that you can’t control and which scare you; it’s protectionism and we all tend to do it. The thing with that is though we are subconsciously closing ourselves off to what could potentially be greatness. I can say that in spite of many setbacks, sadness and heartbreaks, I continue to invest in people and situations and take the risk of living life in the purest and most open sense of the form. I’m not driven by fear, I’m driven by a willingness to live and explore every experience for what it is, no matter how scary it is.

I won’t pretend to know what lies ahead. The unknown nature of life is what makes it so precious. What I do know is that I will never be that person that shies away from something because it scares me. I understand that life will provide me with things whether or not I believe that I am ready for them or that they are indeed for me. In those instances I will be brave, continue down that path and bear whatever consequence that situation offers me. Because at the end of the day, this life is something that no matter how much I plan or how hard I attempt to steer things in one direction, it will inevitably lead in another. Such is the beauty and greatness of life.

I live this existence with an open mind and an open heart. I am not afraid to proclaim this and I’m ready & willing for whatever is ahead of me.

Sx

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Author: es.el.gee

Sabene is a development practitioner, activist, writer, blogger and intersectional feminist. She currently works for CBM Australia and manages its India portfolio of Community Based Inclusive Development programs. Sabene’s expertise specialises in the intersection of gender and disability with a specific focus on South Asia and the Pacific. She is passionate about equality and social justice and serves as the Co-Director of Catalyst Co-Lab, an advocacy and rights based group which aims to raise awareness and empower active citizens and agents of change.

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