Let me be When I want to play in my mother’s womb Let me be When I want to feel visible Let me be When I wear blue and black Let me be When I don’t want to braid my hair Let me be When I want to be a tomboy Let me be When I want to be different Let me be When I feel various emotions Let me be When I hit puberty Let me be When I don’t want to marry Let me be When love is love for me Let me be When I want to travel the world Let me be When I want to wear shorts Let me be When I don’t confirm Let me be When I wish to pamper myself Let me be When I am defensive and loud Let me be When I am calm and compassionate Let me be When I am an extrovert Let me be When I don’t want to talk Let me be When I don’t want to get hurt Let me be When I don’t want to banter Let me be When I want to rule the place Let me be When you don’t agree Let me be When I don’t fit an honor Let me be When I walk away Let me be When I want to ink my arms Let me be When I want to be a boss Let me be When I want to rise Let me be Let me be
“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will,” said George Bernard Shaw.
When I was a 5th grader I declared in front of the whole class, my class teacher, and my 4th grade English teacher about my father being a traveler alongside Gulliver (from Gulliver’s travels) and that he brought home few ‘Lilliputs’.
My class teacher, a strict nun, could’ve easily reprimanded me for ‘lying’. Instead she let my imagination go wild, motivated me to build that story, and I ended up creating little stories of my own about my father’s travels as a sailer. My father was an Academician! Because of her, a story teller was born that day.
And it is because of such amazing teachers, mentors and coaches who don’t judge, let you fail and rise, allow you to learn from mistakes, do weird things with you, and channel possibilities, people like me blossom into who we are meant to be – whether be an innovator, inventor, writer, poet, researcher, technologist, leader, doctor, business (wo)man, politician, or another teacher, mentor and coach.
WIT is in need of mentors that can help turn aspirations into tangible career paths, develop and nurture ideas, transform intent into implementation, and harness the inner potential in their proteges. Mentors are a must in everyone’s life, not just for the hyperimaginative child (like I once was) but for adults who need help navigating their professional stability and progress.
There were times Where my tears were terrifying The thoughts of losing love Felt worse than death Not that it was exaggerated But heart had it reasons Fear superceded all hope Until I realized it’s matter of time
When doors close on me I am not afraid to look For that window of better life Piece of that heaven on earth Even though it is never perfect To push myself to give my best Despite knowing I might fall Because getting up matters
When inner demons try hard I am not afraid to try Mustering all the positivity And shut down those roads That lead to nowhere While making my own path Creating those tiny miracles Each and every single day
When there are cries for help I am not afraid to give Even thought I might have little It makes a difference to help Giving, then becomes a virtue Like an old habit that’s engrained Nothing is more gratifying Knowing I’ve made an impact
It may sound stereotypical that my every other post is about gratitude. After many years of mentoring, I decided to be a protégé. Thanks to my leadership, Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy, and my countless blessings, I am being mentored by Linda Dolceamore, PCC, EWF’s Chief Leadership Development Officer. For the first few minutes of my first session, I couldn’t speak much because of my fangirl excitement.
Despite my resilient past, apparent success, contribution to the community and having a voice that matters, I didn’t realize that I was not framing worth of my impact acceptably. While I captured all my metrics on how many this I achieved, and how many that I completed, more than imposter syndrome, it felt materialistic until I talked this through. A simple question on why those numbers matter led to my ‘Bodhi’ flash. I was fostering a deep-rooted antagonism from comparisons (not from my parents) while growing up that curtailed me from being gratified by my true value.
There were so many ‘aha’ moments during my session how even the most tough amongst us have ‘gremlins’ (in coaching terms is a habit that stops people from achieving their goals in business or life), or how we prevent ourselves being our inner champion, that reminds us of our superpower and resolve, the inner voice that prevails, and the qualitative effect of setting SMART goals. Conceivably, mentoring is healing and coaching is convalescence. And as Oprah Winfrey rightly said, “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.”
The Star In Me — Thank you for showcasing me on your platform. And giving me a chance to make an impact. Thank you for making me a star in your galaxy.
As women, as human beings we have to be deliberate in changing paradigm and perceptions. It is easier said than done, but not impossible.
“People will sometimes put each other in boxes and have biases toward one another because of what they look like or where they come from or who they are. But ultimately, it’s up to us to decide who we are.” – Rich Moore.
What an incredible first 15 days of the year it has been! Gratitude is all I have for the opportunities, support, and kind words,
Yesterday, the very famous USA Raja Telugu Vlogs gave me the chance to share my personal stories of struggle, satire and success. Never did I expect that anything I’d ever do would get 235K+ views, 9K+ likes or infinitely positive comments. Or that my personal blog would rake 2K+ views a day.
As the saying goes, “All process takes place outside the comfort zone,” last few months have been nothing but that. #quotidianblessing
Every experience impacts who we become. Thanks to David Raviv, New York Information Security Group, I am able to relive those moments, be grateful to those who helped me uncover my true potential, and the invaluable lessons I learned that contributed to who I am today. . #quotidianblessing