Jerida is a 20 years old high school graduate from Nairobi, Kenya. Her interests are in vulnerable people, especially young women and girls. She loves creating inspirational stories, poems and essays - she speaks through her writing.
If I wasn’t a believer in the power of possibilities, I would say that my life in the next one year would have been null. No one would put me on trial for that. But a voice of victory tells me that year is going to be beyond measure. True to my love, I will be married to the game with a ring on my finger, the product of that union would be the girls that need me most.
Maya Angelou once said: “I know why the caged bird sings probably” - because it needs its freedom, just like the other free birds. I say: in one years' time I will define why I have so much force within me to speak, why I just get mesmerized at the thought of writing what I think about women.
Allow me to sound selfish, but I want to say that ONE YEAR FROM NOW will mark a revolution in my life. It will be a year of making education accessible for me too, because education, I was told, is now a basic need to humanity, and I am lucky because I am human. I want to continue loving life even in the dark, painful parts of it because life is wonderful. I dream of that year reminding me that “hey girl, the past is real - make a strong concrete foundation for your present and your already threatened future”.
I will let go of my fear and be bold for other women to look up to me. Ironically, I will still hold on to the fear of failure and fear of defeat, because I believe it’s only when you are scared of defeat that you will continue to fight for success.
I've spent so much of my life and time reading about the success stories of other women and persons who are not any different from me. With due regard I accept to have learnt a lot from them, but I envision a different scenario – in the one year to come, I will also have become a new brand to be marketed collectively by these women.
I do not want to be a cover girl of any magazine in the next one year, and neither do I aspire to be a pilot. Hell no! That would be a big lie – rather, I want to ensure that that each little girl has a brother, sister and parents to look up to, that the same girl has access to education, and that stigmatisation is instead exchanged with love.
I know one year may seem unrealistic for me to achieve all this, but that’s what aspirations are about. No one said such delicate achievements have to be measured within a given timeline. Doing that will only mean equating the life of women into products that are given a time limit for existence.
In one year it won’t be just be about me, it would be all about those who walk the walk with me. It will be about that next door girl that is running from a forced marriage, the next Malala, the next Jerida. It will be about the success of different girls, representing different stories, across the world.
You can connect with Jerida on Twitter at @JeridaGati.