What took you so long?
When people hear about the work that I do with Black women. They often point me to younger women. They tell me that I should rather focus on girls in high school, or in universities or new graduates. I totally get where they are coming from. If I knew then what I know now; I would have had achieved greater success and much earlier as well.
What these people don’t recognise is that the majority of women who work with me are often not young. Systemic conditions that come with being Black and female can be such that the young years of your life are spent surviving and living life according to the good girl syndrome (if you know, you know)
It is most often around the mid 30s and above that disillusionment and burnout sets in. This also comes with an awakening that things need to change. Unfortunately this is an age where ‘superstars’ have already ‘made it’ and programs to support the potential youth dry up.
Where helpers and allies give up on you. The conclusion is that if you haven’t made it by now, it’s because you don’t have ‘it’. Comparison will have you believe this lie.
What this ageist culture is missing out is the value of who you have become at that age. I can’t tell you the pleasure that comes from working with women in that age group. We achieve so much in a very short time because they are ready. The ground has been cultivated and is fertile.
If you are a woman who feels like they’ve missed their season. Who feel like they’ve just woken up from a deep sleep and wonder where all the years went. Please don’t compare yourself with superstars who bloomed in line with ‘the timeline’. This is the right time for you. Walk in your own lane, on your own timeline.
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