Whatever their perception, your self-perception matters the most. I want to believe this sounds simple and straightforward but it is far from it. So many of us are a mere reflection of what the society and people around us have said.
In my 28 years on this planet, I have had episodes of trying to fit in, please some people, get bullied and even pretend to be what I am not. In all these years, the hunger to become the real me has been insatiable and I have relentlessly fought to see the Real Joshua Mwendo. I have, with so much effort, fought to see a realization of a wise, young, black man from Malawi, the fighter and ever dreaming youth, a visionary leader and a great business man in me. I have fought to find the man so passionate about changing his world and transforming lives, a young man of influence and impact among his fellow youth in myself.
In the Past 28 years, this fight has been both conscious and unconscious with its ups and downs but every day has been a step towards this quest to find the Real Joshua Mwendo. It has taken me through a lot of time, opposition, doubts, fears and cries. But, newsflash, it’s been worth it. Have I attained the goal? Certainly not! Am I on my way? Definitely and I am getting there. The road is getting brighter by each passing day.
Along the way, I have hurt some people and made people cry but all I can say is am deeply sorry. I pray God gives you the ability to forgive and move on. For those that I have blessed and become a blessing, I am grateful to have been an answered prayer in your lives and it is my prayer that you become an answer to others as well. To those I have not yet met, I pray our encounter brings the best and may we build networks that will change lives both ours and the world we live in.
To leave this note without appreciating those that have been instrumental and have not given up on me is an error. I want to appreciate my family especially my mom and dad who have always been there for me. To my siblings, you’re irreplaceable! My friends you rock! God bless you all.
Last but not least, this day brings me more joy and meaning because along the way of finding who I am, I became a dad to an amazing daughter. Adaeze Jasimine Mwendo. She is the epitome of the father’s love and I love her dearly. I thank God for giving me more life to be her dad and take care of her. I love you.
This day is dedicated to all that are fighting to become who they really are. You are a masterpiece. This is a happy birthday I celebrate by remembering that I have family and friends who value the real me and will always be there for me. I love you all.