Updated: Jul 7
Sit back, relax, and munch on that second bag of popcorn as I tell you about someone who help me cop through stress
Thank you Reema.
Ever since the MAIP VEP program started, there has not been much time for me to sit back and relax. Stress is wearing himself on my forehead with all these pimples forming. Then Reema happened.
It was a Friday afternoon and MAIP was hosting a session for goal planning obstacle courses. I had just finished a project that I was working on for a brand was looking for a break really. The session talked about how stress, imposter syndrome, and the fear of being vulnerable are real assets in life. When first hearing the content of the session, I was nervous that I was being called out. Then other MAIPers shared their truths. They vocalized their experiences.
This is when I knew that everyone is human. My struggles are no different than the person standing next to me. We just show it differently. I really connected with the MAIPers that day. Empathizing with what other MAIPers are going through and resonating with stories similar to my own made me feel welcome.
It has been a while since I felt welcome into communities that are predominantly BIPOC.