A new season brings a new perspective. If you have been reading my blog post you will know that I constantly reflect on my actions….I am always questioning a lot of things that life throws at me, and as a way for me to sift through all the crap in my head I scribble everything down on a piece of paper and then type it on a computer and upload here.
During the recent months just passed, themes of boldness, courage and uniqueness have been a constant theme in my life in way or another.
I am currently rehearsing a play; OUTSPOKEN a play which focuses on a diverse range of outspoken characters. I will be playing the role of Joan of Arc the French revolutionary; exploring this character has been truly refreshing!
St. Joan of Arc, at 17 years old, had the courage, the boldness, and her spirits (she heard voices in her head…) to lead the French army against the English. The daughter of a Shepherd, from a tiny village in France, this simple girl, left her humble beginnings, and spoke out against the injustice her country was experiencing. Her words, carried conviction, sincerity and loyalty to her country.
A lot of things have changed since the days of St. Joan, people no longer get burned at the stake….. well at least to my knowledge. However there is still a negativity attached to a woman who is ‘outspoken.’
I, like Joan, come from very humble beginnings, and I am very passionate, dedicated and loyal individual. Like Joan, many a times I have been berated for not being a ‘good girl.’
But what does that even mean…a ‘good girl’?
Is a ‘good girl’ a woman who should just stay in the kitchen and wait to be told what to do?
A submissive individual who is obedient and always agrees with anything despite her morals or beliefs?
Why is it a bad thing for a woman to be ‘outspoken?’
Perhaps the term ‘outspoken’ is used as a shield/knife by insecure people who are unable to identify or accept a truth that they do not wish to hear, or a truth they are afraid to see. Although in my I believe every woman that has been labelled as outspoken, has made history. For no change can happen without an outspoken person, a bold mind.
If Joan of Arc, remained as a meek shepherd girl, what would have happened to France?
If Rosa Parks, a southern seamstress kept her mouth shut and gave up her seat, what would have happened? What would life be like now for the average African-American?
If Malala Yousafzai, did not speak up about the Taliban…what would have happened?
It is not a bad thing to be outspoken, far from it, it is an admirable quality which upholds the dignity and integrity of a person. Of course there are many infamous people who abused their outspokenness as a way to breed hate, without an injustice a revolution will not occur.
The main thing is, it takes bravery to stand up for what you believe, and at times, the only drum beat you should dance to is your own, if that makes you somewhat outspoken….then so be it, as long as you remain open to change and willing to listen to the opinion of others, but always stay to true to yourself.
As they say in Ghana:
An army of sheep lead by a lion can defeat an army of lions lead by a sheep!
Which one are you, sheep or lion……I think it obvious which one I am!
(You have got to love an African proverb!)
For more details of performances of OUTSPOKEN please click here
I am not a writer, just a blabber, a girl that asks many questions but never knows how to collate the answers. Just a normal girl with nothing more to say, than words that mean nothing but say something. @AnniwaaBuachie