Before she took another swing at the knee-high weeds with her machete in the highlands of Soa Village in Ra, northern Fiji, my beloved grandmother Adi Arieta Adibuli Ravai looked up at the vast blue Pacific sky and asked my eldest brother, “Look at that plane flying by – if a pilot can learn how to fly that plane, why can’t you?”
Even though those simple words weren’t specifically directed at me, they were powerful enough to impact me for life. They echo in my mind each time doubt creeps up on me, especially when I want to realise a dream or achieve a goal.
“Va kaukauwa [be strong]!” are words expressed by my dear mother, Maraia Ratu, née Ravai, which I can never erase from my memory. Mum repeated those two no-nonsense words each time she saw me crumble under pressure or when tears cascaded down my face due to frustration.
Those words still swirl in my head. They come back to life in my subconscious whenever I face life’s challenges as a wife, step-mum, businesswoman and entrepreneur.
Therefore, I fully believe in the power of words. I believe you can either rise to the occasion or stumble to your feet depending on how you receive those words over your life.
It’s for the above reasons that I fell in love with the art of writing!
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