Two months ago, I walked into a room of people buzzing with chatter and exploding with ideas. I was nervous, excited, and mostly intimidated. I didn’t know how to answer the questions that I was being asked. I didn’t know who was there to interview me and who else was being interviewed or if the person sitting next to me had a ‘better’ idea than I had.
I felt completely out of my league- Why was I sitting in this room with established entrepreneurs and future success stories when all I had was an idea?
I’d like to say I realized it then and there, but it’s a taken a few weeks to realize that I am a PresenTense fellow because I believe in creating social change. Each seminar, meeting, and milestone so far has taught me that it’s my passion, my idea, and my venture that will create a difference in society. Each passing week has also revealed that each fellow is at a different point in pursuing social change- some are able to talk about their ventures flawlessly, and some are still working their venture out.
I’ve learned that my idea of empowering women can only be as strong as I make it- and putting that idea on the table is the first and most important step. I hope the young girls that are changed from the programming of my venture realize what I have begun to learn- the most important step towards growth and confidence is that first one, no matter how small.
Girls Are People Too will be an organization devoted to helping young women take the first step, so that, although they may feel intimidated in some situations, they also feel strong and beautiful.
The author of “Life’s Little Instruction Book,” H. Jackson Brown puts it perfectly: “Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor.” Although each PresenTense fellow is at different points in pursuing social change, we are all together on the dance floor.