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The power of true passion and sacrifice comes from within.

I always tell my friends and family that miracles or good things just dont happen.Before even starting the trouble to venture into certain things,ask your self if the zeal,passion,love,commitment and above all sacrifice is there,if so,are they from within?

Now I totally understand things in a different light than when I was younger,now I know that it's not just about dreaming and being a visionary,it's also about taking the next step,with courage and strength like no other,it takes some bull fight to arrive at our destinies.Because along the way,we meet huge mountains,rocks and boulders that we must crash before we succeed at anything,but all comes down to one thing,the courage,strength to move on,and the yearning to accomplish

In my house we make a total of 6,mum,dad and the four of us.We are privileged to have parents who value education and will sacrifice anything to see that we achieve our goals.Someone once remarked by saying"Patricia i think your father is very wealthy,he lets all of you go to the best schools"i told her my father and mother are only the best parents in the world,that they are not stinking rich,they just know where to invest best and they sacrifice a lot to see us have the best.Yet even if resources are available self motivation to arrive at success is key

Still brings me down to the same that a purpose driven life must come from within,there must be a good foundation set up right from the start.I have seen girls in my village get married at a very tender age after dropping out of school due to poverty and even sometimes due to lack of motivation and they think marriage is the next plan b.they get there and it's not as rosy as they thought,with a squashed future they resign to their fate,but i believe there's is no squashed future beyond repair,i still have hope that someday,this trend will change,there will be a new ray,a new dawn for them and that vision starts with me.considering the fact that most successful people we know come from humble backgrounds,it motivates me to believe it's not yet too late for the girls in my humble village of Akaba to become women of splendor and valor.
As a young girl,i wanted to become a journalist,then slowly the dream shifted and one day i remember telling my mother that i would be a lawyer!This was after i witnessed a woman mistreat her malnourished step son,i vividly remember that day when this healthy looking boy was dumped at the father's door by the mother and only in two weeks this handsome baby had become frail and almost at the point of death,i was just in primary 3,because he was denied food and always tethered like a goat so he may not soil the home,i felt pity for this child,worst of all nobody was doing anything about it!whenever he would soil himself it would take hours before he was cleaned up.I started saving my pocket money mum gave to buy this child biscuits and cookies whenever i returned from school and sneaked these things to him,he was only about one year then,i would sit at the window at home and watch this child and i would just cry but when i had the chance when the step mom was away,i would go play with him.Sadly we left that place and i dont know how baby Amon's life ended.i later witnessed several of such occurrences against children and this time i was abit older,i would confront the parents and tell them i would report them to police if they didn't stop and from then my life got shaped along the line of human rights,advocacy and justice.

These life experiences helped shaped my vision and dreams and aspirations,i also tell my friends that though they say experience is the best teacher which is true,sometimes we dont just have to wait for our own experiences to come,we only have to step into the shoes of those facing such cruelty and be a part of them and help make their lives worthwhile
and so when i passed to go to university,i applied for law,but so many opposing forces from my uncles and aunts came in,they said all sorts of things to deter my dream,then i fell for it,i found myself in an IT class but i will tell you i wish i followed my first dream though the choice wasn't bad either because it helped me learn afew things too but my heart's desire should have come in first.Later I came to my senses and joined law school,just day one in that class i knew that i was right where i belonged,i knew i was destined to be a lawyer not just by name or profession but by calling and deeds,i dont regret the choice i made.

I still faced challenges in trying to put down my thoughts or air them out.till i was lucky to be employed at Joy for Children Uganda(www.joyforchildren.org)where i found the same interests in it's mission statement and vision and i told my self i was going to use my time working there profitably for the good cause of all and now being a part of this great family at World Pulse couldn't be any better privilege

I still believe that we can all make this world what we want it to be.It starts right now with you and me,exhuding the right zeal,focus and determination to succeed in this life.

One love
Patricia

Comments

radiocami's picture

A New Ray

Thank you for sharing that! I felt very connected to your story as a lot of if reminded me of my own childhood, and how seeing others suffer compels us to do more with our lives in order to bring some balance.
You wrote this about girls who marry young for lack of education or hope for better future... "I still have hope that someday, this trend will change, there will be a new ray, a new dawn for them and that vision starts with me," and I say continue because you are a strong particle of light in that first ray of light that will bring about a new dawn for the girls in Uganda.

valerie camila rhodes

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Priyanka Shrestha's picture

Encouraging Post

Hey Patricia!
I really loved your ideas about true passion and determination. Since your childhood, you have the zeal to serve others in need and finally, you did the right thing becoming a lawyer.
In my case, sometimes I feel perplexed about my career. What I should do? And Am I doing it with my own interest and will or due to some feeling of responsibility towards my family?
Nevertheless, I still have hope that I will be able to choose my interest of work and feel passionate about it.
Finally, I would like to congratulate you for acquiring your interest and your passion.

Priyanka

Gracious's picture

I'm so touched

Thank you for sharing this it has made me shed tears because it reminds me of life and you and I connect in a special way because though we've not met, through your story we share somethings in common, being a lawyer to serve and make a difference in our own little way you've achieved that dream of becoming a lawyer i've not due to various challenges and helping in your own little way that makes the two of us.

Love

patricia obima's picture

Hi Priyanka

Hi there love.Thanks,your comment gives me strength.Well i would love to encourage you that when you have a dream or dreams,all you need is time to fulfill each one of them.I have so many dreams,besides desiring to be a successful lawyer,i want to be an actress,a writer and so many other things and i know that one by one all will fall into place.All you have to do is to identify your talent and see where you offer best,obviously i know you are capable of lots of things and all you can become.So don't worry,it's not too late.You can be all you set out to be in this life.
All you need is focus,hope,determination and faith to carry on.
Wish you all the best and glad to meet you on here.

One love
Patricia

patricia obima's picture

Hello Siru

Hi there beautiful one:)we may never even meet in real life but the fact that we share something in common,even tha is enough to say,our paths crossed.I havent yet started practicing as a lawyer yet,am on the journey as you but don't give up,let all the circumstances that seem to bring you down right now strengthen you the more to stand firm till you fulfill your dream,there's no smooth road to success yet victorious people live like achievers already even when things seem to hold them down.
Just hold onto that dream dear and you will make the world a better place.I believe in you,just have faith counsel and we'll meet in the corridors someday:)

One love
Patricia

Cali gal Michelle's picture

Patricia- Your words and

Patricia- Your words and sentiments are appreciated, as I know they are sincere and heart-felt! I love that you conveyed your journey to follow what you knew to be your place in this world. I love that even though you were momentarily distracted, you were able to get to the place you wanted to be. You are an example of following heart-passion. You are an example of kindness. You are an example of awareness of self and others.

I think you could write two or three very good journal entries from just this one! There is opportunity to focus on one part of the story and expand upon it. It is obvious you have much to say, and I'm looking forward to hearing more!

I loved these lines- they are beautiful and powerful, Patricia!:
"there's is no squashed future beyond repair". Oh how true that is. If only more could see that, too.
This line also reverberated with me: "it's not yet too late for the girls in my humble village of Akaba to become women of splendor and valor."

Splendor and valor indeed!

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
aka: Cali gal

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patricia obima's picture

Thank you Michelle

Am very humbled by your comment.Thank you so much.Your words are very uplifting.
I would also love to say thank you for the identifications you have made.I will do just as you say.Thanks for the guidance,that will see me through another step in life am so sure.

Peace and love too dear
Patricia

patricia obima's picture

Thank you Michelle

Am very humbled by your comment.Thank you so much.Your words are very uplifting.
I would also love to say thank you for the identifications you have made.I will do just as you say.Thanks for the guidance,that will see me through another step in life am so sure.

Peace and love too dear
Patricia

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