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The path towards self-discovery and empowerment | Makoubo Krystie

I used to be a very shy person. Today I am forever mindful of the journey that shaped me.

Once cloaked in the veil of timidity, I navigated the world with trepidation, haunted by the specter of self-doubt. The mere thought of stepping into the limelight filled me with an overwhelming sense of inadequacy. Yet, through the crucible of experience and introspection, I forged a path towards self-discovery and empowerment.

One day during the Open Dreams Summer Academy 2022, we were tasked with an exercise by one of the facilitators to speak about our fictional friend. As each person took their turn, sharing anecdotes and tales, I felt the weight of anticipation settling on my shoulders. When my moment arrived, I rose hesitantly, my voice trembling with uncertainty. I couldn't bring myself to meet the gaze of the audience, my eyes fixed on the ground beneath me. At that moment, it felt like the ground could swallow me whole, and the walls of my self-doubt closed in. It was one of the most challenging days of my life in 2022. Yet, as I reflect on that pivotal moment today, I realize that it marked the beginning of a profound transformation within me.

My journey took a pivotal turn as I continued at Open Dreams, a beacon of light amidst the darkness of my uncertainty. Here, I found more than just a community; I found a family of extraordinary individuals, each a titan in their own right, who graciously took me under their wings. Despite their towering intellect and myriad accomplishments, they humbly invested their time and wisdom in nurturing my potential. Their unwavering support and encouragement gradually chipped away at my insecurities, like gentle waves sculpting a resilient shore. Through their guidance, I learned to confront my fears head-on, transforming them into stepping stones towards personal growth.

Open Dreams became my second home, a place where I shed the shackles of self-doubt and embraced the boundless possibilities that lay before me. I am forever indebted to this remarkable organization for leading me to a better expression of myself, where newfound confidence replaced hesitation, and where I learned to embrace challenges as opportunities for growth.

With each hurdle surmounted, I emerge stronger, more assured, and ever-mindful of the journey that has shaped me.

I speak confidently in public which amazes people who knew me before now, grace television shows with my presence, and to manage projects with skill and finesse. These achievements, once beyond the realm of possibility, are now milestones on my journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

Today more than yesterday, I walk forward with a newfound confidence, anchored by the unwavering belief in my ability to conquer the challenges that lie ahead, knowing that every challenge I overcome brings me closer to the person I aspire to become.

- Makoubo Krystie | Open Dreams Scholar

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