Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dont let paucity of Imagination rob you of a glorious future Part 1

Don’t let Paucity of imagination rob you of a bright and fulfilled future

Failure of imagination (FOI) stands as the second most critical factor denying many of us a bountiful life. The first is laziness. The reason why I place FOI second is that people who are up and doing and who take risks often stumble into a good thing. However with your imagination you can create a vision for your future and then follow after this step by step till you reach your goal.

Caridad and Matthew Modine
One thing I am coming to an awareness of is that if you are consistent in working hard and not being a lazy procrastinator you don’t have to always been on top gear. Your prior efficiency has a way of filling the gaps for you in the case of some lapses or when you are not 100. You will be pleasantly surprised when you expect to put in much energy only to realize that you are reaping the rewards of past hard work when certain things just come together for you or roll into your hands. Also there are what I call 'kingpin' areas in our lives that enable us achieve results across the board. A slim fit body will help you in your career, in dating and romance and with a boost of confidence in a variety of areas of life and so will an educated mind, that's why you need to identify these 'king pin' areas and attend to them.

FOI is the inability to imagine a better future, which is the first step to creating it. If you accept things as they are; in other words, cant imagine a better situation, there is a good chance that your actions and activities will only help entrench the situation you are in permanently. No matter how many times you fall when moving towards a dream for yourself, you must get up, dust up and try again. It could be dieting, having a spouse, a baby, a new job or house, whatever it is, you must get up and keep at it. That’s what life is about anyway, working towards a better future, its an unending cycle until we are over and out.

It is so easy to see the status quo as unmovable and set when actually it can transform.

A few days ago the issue of black girl woes in campuses was raised once again in a face-book group that I am a member of. We all know the story; black girls are shunned by all the males in the school who look past them to other races of women, even the most polished and most put together black girls. We have been talking about this for years now and each time we think about how the individual black woman needs to go off campus to break from the situation, we have even advised black girls to wait it out saying to them that after university men develop more backbone about what they want in women and become less trend-led.

In a way I agree that men who have developed character and individuality are more likely to be open to black women and indeed form the ideal partners for them and this is a plus (black women's interracial unions tend to be the most enduring), but I became a bit worried about the idea of saying to black girls 'wait' especially as being part of the social loop in university goes beyond simply relationships but is so very vital in making connections and networks that serve black women for their career lives etc. Being shunned on the relationship level by their male peers is in a sense an indicator that they will also be left out of important loops when it comes to profitable social and career networks which will impact severely on their career achievements beyond university.

We need a better solution than advising individual black girls to 'wait' or 'go off campus,' what we need as a new culture to prevail where black girls are naturally included as normal and natural parts of the campus ecosystem. It is the failure of imagination as to how this could be achieved including the function of activists who change perception and foster inclusion. And no this isn’t about black women 'doing all the work' and changing social climates isn’t a new phenomenon, indeed working on integration and diversity is something already being done on campuses including for LGBT students and the situation they often face.

It is however not simple to put directly the case of 'black women should be included in the dating options of males on campus.' There is no surer way to possibly put people off you on in the romantic realm than to make it an issue of obligation, fairness and equality. Romance doesn't work like that. I also don’t believe that black girls are without their own inherent attraction there in the men around them. I believe that factors derived from the overarching racio-misogynic setup is producing a screen and filter to the charm, attractiveness and beauty that is to be found in black women and black women can help the situation out effectively just as they can take a wet sponge to a dirty window and remove the grime to let the sunlight through.
So if we cant address the issue in terms of 'awareness raising' and the likes, black women must act radically and with stealth to upend the current 'invisibiling' status quo they are experiencing. Black girls need to learn to crash parties, create a brand, a buzz, to put themselves on the map. I am at this point too far removed from the university campus life to even begin to make some useful suggestions but I know that with social media and all the technology available to young people today, a change can be made. If we let it slide or put up with it because of our own failure of imagination as the older sisters, it doesn’t mean that young black girls have to resign to their fate. They should take up the mantle and the charge to carve out a new reality for themselves. It would also be much more effective if a group of black girls understood the issue they faced and combined their efforts to changing things.

I am curious to know any thoughts readers have on what can be done.

I will be away from base for a while so next post is 4th May 2014

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Chrisandra said...
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the planner said...

It's been a minute since I have commented but you are absolutely correct!!!! Imagination is the only viable option to get the social needs of our young Black sisters on campus and eventually the world met. One of the wonderful things about us (not to make us mythical but if it's true it's true) is our ability to take nothing and turn it into something. We have awed the world with this feat!!!!
It is/was our Imagination that has allowed us to survive and in some cases THRIVE this long. And we all know that it has been our overly active Imagination that has kept us believing in that the Black Community/Black knights would come to our rescue. lol Damsel it is time to save yourself and here's how...
For those of you in college, you have the ability to be as creative and as bold (not brash)as you would like. Take for example the idea about crashing parties (love it). Yes do it with finesse--don't go with your whole posse only send out a few scouting ants (3 or 4) (I understand safety in #). I don't mean to be vulgar but we need people who will act as "fluffers" -- you know those who will pique everyone's interest on what is to come...You!!!! Our tag along with your nonblack friends who may or may not invite but invite yourself. For fear of not wanting to seem mean or racist or appearing openminded they probable won't reject you. (note if not really comfortable take cab money and DO NOT DRINK!!! Nurse that red cup all night. Remember you don't have to stay long. Go to be seen) This is done over time and repeatedly. (maybe 3 to 4 parties you know just a few weekends. I promise it won't take long). Part of branding is about buzz and do with ease; comfort and a smile. (let's face people like a woman when she smiling) When in class offer insignificant tokens of friendship. I always kept gum or an extra pen/pencil things you could offer up to let others see that you are friendly. Offer to carry something for the prof or help pick up after lecture. Don't just focus on the ones you extend this gesture to but the ones who could witness your acts of kindness (other classmates/ta/professors). While on the subject of act[ing]...please keep in mind that your are not "acting" or "being fake" but are being an Ambassador of good will for yourself and your crew/(read other sensible classy young Black women). Please put to rest the keeping it real BS. Which is learned behavior that works to your detriment. Get in with your peers is good but don't forget about the ta& professors (letter of recs) I had a professor ask me to and three other students to help with his poetry slam party back in the day. So professors can play a vital role in your social calendar as well. To be continued...this post real got my Imagination firing and I won't to share more. Bye for now. Oh before I forget don't forget you can throw your own PARTY. Make your spot the epicenter. That's what my parents did when they moved from portalnd to DC. 40+ years later people are still talking about my parents parites. Especially if you're a freshman think about everyone will give you a pass because you're a newbie but by the time you're a senior--you will be wellseasoned. Remember people love to gather around food. You will be the patron saint of starving students!!!!!! lol

Patricia Kayden said...

Perhaps the best advice I could give to young Black women in universities is for them to become active in extra curricular programs such as sports, volunteering, clubs, etc. I would even suggest joining cultural groups outside of your own ethnic identity group.

Go out and be seen/noticed. Study hard but don't spend so much time in your books that you don't have a social life.

Also perhaps attend schools which are more diverse and cosmopolitan and where interracial friendships are more common.

Don't get depressed. I see too many posts by Black women moaning and groaning about the dearth of men who will give them a chance. We need to be more positive. There are literally thousands of non-Black men who date/marry Black women. The good thing about the internet is that there are loads of websites (including Youtube) which feature BW with non-Black love interests all of the time.

Good luck to the many young Black women who are getting themselves good educations and finding love at the same time. It can be done.

ASisterWhoCares said...

My suggestion is much like the others. Join social organizations that are NOT racially and/or gender based and take leadership/volunteer positions in them. ex: financial society, political groups, community service organizations, degree-specific organizations.

Don't segregate yourself with only black girlfriends and/or groups.

Go to non-pro-black sporting events: soccer/rugby/ultimate fressbi/tennis/hockey/ect.

HOWEVER: DO NOT AGREE TO BE THE HOSTESS FOR RECRUITMENT OF POTENTIAL STUDENTS FOR THESE SPORTS TEAMS. This is usually just wanting you to be eye-candy/social hostess for these teams.

Start your own MEET-UP social groups on your campus of things you are interested or want to be interested in. Ex: Dog Lovers/Protectors; People Who Love ....