Live For Yourself: A Trailblazer’s Voice

This post was written by ABF Trailblazer Colibri, D2D ’18, who used her grant to participate in her school’s all-girls FIRST Robotics team.


Girls come to face with the mirror that can change the way they look at themselves and the world around them. Some girls take a route where they try to make themselves invisible and where they are embarrassed to show their true talents and/or afraid to ask questions and appear weak; other girls take a route where they feel overwhelmed to fit a certain expectation of who they should be, how they should look, what should they do with their life, and the dos and don’ts of society—and these are only a couple examples. These situations can sometimes derive from the stereotypes that revolve around us. It is society’s perspective that must change, although this cannot happen without us changing it first. Not long ago, a cousin was telling me that I am not living for anyone else and nobody is living for me and that I should only live for myself. I had never really thought about it that way before, but it really stuck with me. I don’t have to be perfect at everything I do, and it’s okay to make mistakes and learn, and try new things and be willing to take risks. Taking risks has always been a fear of mine because I am afraid of failure. I have taken risks; some I might have failed in and in others, I haven’t—but, I would have never known if I hadn’t tried. And, yes, I look back now and think, maybe I would have never known this or had this amazing experience or opportunity if I hadn’t pulled myself together and told myself, “What do I have to lose?”

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