“None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are.” ~ Anne Rice

A year and nine months ago I was off to a life changing experience to fulfil a wish I had in my journey to develop and change to a better version of me, but I never realised how much I changed.

I used to be cautious about expressing who I am and where I come from and what I believe to be my right toward freedom.
This has changed.

I used to think everyone I meet can be a friend and foolishly open my heart only be get hurt.
This has changed.

I used to restrict myself with the excuse of traditions, my family, my relatives.
This has changed.

I used to worry about my life, the successor of my heart’s key and how I should change myself.
This has changed.

I mostly blamed my decision to be free for society’s look when I pronounce the word Saudi.
This is changing.

But nothing prepared me to a moment while covering the GCC women leading forum in Bahrain, as part of my duties as a reporter and when I usually don’t expect much change!

I was amazed at the amount of Saudi women taking part in the event. My amazement led my hand to have its own mind and jump in the air, summoning attention to all audience.

“I would like to express my pride for this moment and the women who have stepped on this stage. I would like to introduce myself, I am a Saudi reporter working in Bahrain and from a well-known family,” I found myself saying!

“I want you to remember nothing is impossible and if I am here covering this event for you, you can.dont let anything stop you.”

I was shaking, I said it. I am proud. Suddenly, I realised the eyes staring at me with brightness in their eyes, some hugged me some thanked me for my courage. I felt warmth.

It hit me then, not only did I change but I have joined the list of women I always dreamt of having my name neighbouring theirs. I inspired and made a change..I did it!

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” ~ Maya Angelou

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