Citizen TV’s presenter, Victoria Rubadiri has candidly opened up on her struggle to fit in, in life.
In a lengthy social media post, the beautiful mummy, revealed how she had a tough time in United States of America where she relocated as a 10-year-old girl.
She states that as a young girl with a ‘funny accent’ and a ‘funny name’ she could not fit in, in a completely new world.
When she returned to Kenya 14 years later, Rubadiri was faced with the same dilemma, this time with a new accent trying to fit in in her own but yet foreign culture.
It’s then that she decided to become a journalist and every obstacle she faced in her line of work, she used it to become better in her career and by working on herself, her life completely changed for the better.
Read her caption below;
I’ve always wanted to fit in. I’ll admit it’s been a weakness of mine. I guess it stemmed from that insecure 10-year-old Kenyan girl trying to find a place in this ‘New World,’ called America. My ‘funny accent,’ and ‘funny name,’ would ensure my square peg would never fit in their round holes.
A decade ago when I returned to Kenya, after 14 years in the US, I was met with the same dilemma this time trying to fit in to a culture that was my own but was so foreign. Again my ‘funny accent,’ 😜and ‘funny name,’ (Rubadiri is Malawian🇲🇼) made sure of that. I realised the harder I tried to fit in, the louder my difference would SCREAM.
Something helped though and that was becoming a journalist right when I got back home. It turned me into a student of my Kenyan people, language and peculiarities. Every story I told was a lesson.
Each year I grew in my career, I accepted my ‘outsider’ tag a bit more and used it to my advantage. I gained a unique perspective on the world around me and tried to articulate that through my storytelling.
Not having the comfort of ‘belonging’ kept me hungry to learn more and strive to tell a story as it is. It is a privilege to do what I do and give my audience a view of their world through my lens.
Once I accepted that I’m terrible at fitting in and better off working on myself and my craft that changed everything for me.
So here’s to the outsiders, the misfits, the quirky, awkward, quiet ones. Celebrate your difference, while daring to shape the world around you.
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