Words by Alina Leang
Have you ever heard a woman describe herself as a ‘woman of colour’? Aren’t we all women of colour?
I see a woman of colour as someone who has found her purpose in life; she inspires people everywhere to be their best self. She may be in business, a mother or an employee. Whatever she does, wherever she comes from, or the colour of her skin, she is a woman of colour because she truly accepts and celebrates who she is.
She changes the world – just by being her. However, she was not always like this. There were times in her past when she didn’t know who she was, where she belonged or what she was trying to achieve in her life. She was lost. Wandering aimlessly in a world full of choices can be the most terrifying experience, especially for someone who knows deep down inside there is a flint of fire ready to be ignited.
There were moments along her journey, where the flame inside her shone brightly and was blazing with intensity, only to be quickly extinguished by self-doubt and an internal dialogue influenced by the outside world. She would retreat and say she isn’t good enough; digress back into the shadows – her flame turned to charcoal.
Then one day, she had an internal reaction that changed her destiny, and that of those around her. While nothing physically changed, her mind shifted – as a viewpoint she’d previously held about the world came into focus.
She can’t explain what happened or what she did differently, but from this very moment things started falling into place. One good thing after another started to appear. Goals and dreams she had written down and hoped to come true actually did come true. What was happening? The fire inside her from the moment she was born had been ignited. ‘Believer’ started to become her natural state.
Positive thoughts produced more positive thoughts, and this didn’t stop. For the first time in her life she felt in control; she now had the confidence to design the life she had always imagined.
Still, there were moments of disbelief; that this was only temporary, that it was simply a ‘lucky streak’, that the internal joy that made her glow was going to fade sooner or later. And it did. As soon as these thoughts flooded her mind, unlucky incidents happened. Her streak was over. She sank back to being saturated with doubt and fear, her value unrealised.
It is years later, experiences have come and gone, love-tinged here and there. She is once again left yearning to find herself. Why am I here? What do I want? This time, her sense of purpose is a lot stronger, more resolved. Suddenly meaning has cast a new hue and she consciously decides to instil personal meaning in everything she does.
Why personal meaning? It gives her purpose. Sharing something personal and telling her story through rich colour and true character becomes truly valuable and deeply significant to herself and the world. Does it have heart? Create It. Does it impact for good? Share It.
Her vision is so compelling because her personal meaning gives that extra undertone of enthusiasm and love, and this time other people cannot help but notice. The infectious effect of her sense of purpose is what lightens and inspires others to come along on this same journey. She truly believes she can make an impact on the world. ‘Believer’ has become her natural state.
She is full of colour. Her soul is charged. Every cell in her body is a vibrant pulsating red that pumps around her beating heart every time she has the courage to do what she loves.
She inspires others to do the same and teaches everyone she meets everything she knows. Her eyes shine vivaciously; her skin glistens. She is the colour of the rainbow in every angle you see her.
She is a woman of colour and you can often see her spreading her joy to the world through the clouds and beyond, painting her future in colour.
She is a woman of colour.
She is me, she is my mum, she will be my daughter and she is our leader.