I stand in the mirror admiring the stripes on my sleeves on the epaulets on my shoulder. The stripes are an indication of the my level of flight experience and of my responsibilities in an aircraft. Walking passed the check point pulling my luggage behind, I get ready to board my plane. I’m ready to fly, I’ve always been. That was what I dreamed of as a little girl. It’s funny how life takes you on a journey often times one that you had never dreamed of. But today I’m anything but an airplane pilot.
I’m a single mother of two, with a steady job, a full time college student, a cultural activist, a radio talk show host and many more roles. The name Baroneza (which means Baroness, the female equivalent of the nobility title Baron) came about during the Cape Verdean Presidential Election which I was very involved in the campaign process. I never gave a second thought about standing up for what I believed in. And I was never afraid to speak out about it. Even though Baroneza is a tittle of nobility, but to me it means the ability to be humble, to lead with positivism, it means to be inspired and to inspire others to follow their dreams.
Baroneza represents the new generation of professional Cape Verdean women who refuse to become victims of their own circumstances. I wanted to be a pilot when I grew up and today I’m here sharing with you the world as I see it. In many circumstances I find myself overloaded with thoughts and emotions and the only thing I can connect with and feel free are my pen and paper. So come take a journey in the world of arts, fashion, entertainment, politics and many more things that have inspired me to dream beyond my bedroom.
I find inner peace in writing the words that my heart cannot utter, in speaking my mind, and in giving a voice to my soul. My inspiration comes from things I see, places I go, people I meet. I feel that it is important to give yourself permission to speak of what matters to you in every situation despite of rejection or disapproval. Therefore don’t just dream while you are asleep, dream while you’re awake. Dreams are not just what you envisioned yourself as a grown up, but it is where you can go and what you can become by committing yourself to your goals regardless of where the road takes you.
And if you can’t be what you dreamed of as a child, be the best that you can be as an adult for dreams diverge, dreams even die, but it’s up to you to make it happen. Improvise if you have to but never stop dreaming, most importantly never stop believing in yourself.
So I quote:
“It’s up to us to make the best of all the things that come our way.
Cos’ everything that’s been has past,
The answers in the looking glass.
There’s four and twenty million doors
On life’s endless corridor”
By: Ronise Vieira