Naa-Shorme Aidoo: #roadtoempowerment
THIS WEEK'S TRAILBLAZER IS EDUCATOR AND WRITER, NAA-SHORME AIDOO
READ ON TO LEARN ABOUT
NAA-SHORME'S PERSONAL JOURNEY:
1. WHAT DO YOU WANT US TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY, AND WHEN DID YOU DECIDE ON YOUR DESTINATION?
my journey has more recently involved a lot of realizing that i have all the tools that i need within to navigate this journey. we can get caught up spending time looking for ideas and answers externally and sometimes those things can serve as a guide, but the best guides you have are within and above.
sometimes you surprise yourself with what you do once you really slow down, listen and unpack your given tools. i haven't historically been one to go out on a limb with personal projects so i surprised myself when i really began to dedicate myself to creating my passion project, Write to Live, as a platform for millennial voices of color. just like the internal voice that guided me into education as a career, this internal voice spoke to a need for a platform where we as millennials of color can inform and empower each other. with that comes the responsibility to set an example for the upcoming generation on how to critically think about social justice and utilize the power of their own voices, which the site encompasses also.
my #roadtoempowerment is paved with education equity and motivating young voices.
every day brings a new possibility for the destination as empowerment exists in so many forms, but right now I'm focused on the journey. the #roadtoempowerment can bring me anywhere and i'm excited for the adventure, as long as those around me and those who have been historically disadvantaged have the tools to unpack their greatness.
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THEWRITETOLIVE BLOG FOR SOME REVOLUTIONARY WRITING
2. WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME HIGHLIGHTS ON YOUR #ROADTOEMPOWERMENT?
my first set of students! I never knew 30 6-year-olds could be so funny, intelligent and could drive me so crazy while pushing me to be my best each and every day. in a very different way, my most recent students, 10th graders in south africa, did the same. during this time i was also able to travel a lot and slow down and smell the roses for the first time in a long time. being able to spend months frolicking through durban, south africa, while venturing out to explore namibia, zambia and india, really reminded me of the vast beauty of this world and that the world is so much bigger than just one person. it's cliche, but the people i met, relationships formed, sites taken in and cultures experienced, really helped to center me and keep me aligned with my purpose.
3. WHAT ROADBLOCKS HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED, AND WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM THEM?
I don't experience roadblocks. Roadblocks experience me! 😜
But really, I've learned that they are truly there to make me stronger and prepare me for the next level. I can't say that I've ever come up against a roadblock that hasn't made sense in the long run.. so I've learned to appreciate them for the lessons they bring.
4. WHAT RESOURCES DO YOU RECOMMEND TO THE REST OF THE #ROADTO_ COMMUNITY AS THEY TRAVERSE THEIR OWN PATHS?
- Morning Meditation/Prayer/Stretch
- Daily Gratitude Reminders
- Keep friends who hold you accountable for both your happiness and your goals
- Try something new every month: i.e. type of food, location, event, movie genre, people, something!
5. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR #ROADTO_ COMMUNITY TO KNOW?
"Go further, go harder. Is that not why we came? 'Cause if not, then why bother?" -Jay Z