Tag: In Her Shoes

  • Founder of DigitalAgeConversations Shares How a Closed Door Expanded Her Sphere of Influence

    A few years ago, I was at the peak of my career in the broadcasting sector as Legal and Corporate Services Director of the Broadcasting Regulator in my country. At the time, I did not realize the power and potential that was in me until I was thrown out of my comfort zone of holding my breath, waiting for someone to give me permission to be the best version of myself. When my contract was not renewed, which I did not immediately foresee, I was left with two choices: sink or swim. My first reaction was to fight… HARD. The kind of fight fought by a woman desperate to reject the rejection, determined to hold on to something that was… Continue reading "Founder of DigitalAgeConversations Shares How a Closed Door Expanded Her Sphere of Influence"

  • I Survived

    Sean Kingston in his song “Beautiful Girls” sang a line, “all these beautiful girls, they only wanna do you dirt; they’ll have you suicidal, suicidal when they say it’s over….” Adults and kids sang along, oblivious to what they were singing, myself included. It is only when it hit closer to home than l could ever imagine that l understood what it truly meant to be suicidal. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, suicide is “the act or an instance of taking one’s own life voluntarily and intentionally.” For me, it had been a gradual build-up of situations and circumstances that led me to that dark and messy place. A place where an impulsive moment could not have been reversed if… Continue reading "I Survived"

  • TWSC Submission: How the Illness and Death of My Husband Changed My Whole World

    Widowhood is a painful and traumatizing experience. The death of a spouse causes mental anguish that only time can heal. Haruchemwi Nhengu narrated to The Weight She Carries how she was abandoned before and after the death of her husband by her in-laws. What follows is her account of what happened: My name is Haruchemwi Nhengu. l am 45 years and was born in Chivi, Zimbabwe, and attended school in the same area. l later relocated to Chipinge which is where l met my now-late husband. During our marriage, l had no problem at all with my husband. We were happy. He was an only child and would often refer to himself as being a loner. Coming from a polygamous… Continue reading "TWSC Submission: How the Illness and Death of My Husband Changed My Whole World"

  • How This Single Mom of Two Rewrote Her Story

    Child-headed families have become the norm over the years due to various circumstances – mostly very painful ones. Christine* narrated to The Weight She Carries how she experienced such an ordeal first-hand and came out on the other side with her first degree in hand. “Just before l turned nine, my parents both passed away in the same year (2000), leaving behind six children: me being the fourth, the oldest being 21 and the youngest just 11 months old. Our oldest brother raised us because he was the one with a job at the time. We could see he was trying but there was just never enough for everyone. Eventually, our brother took us to Harare from Bulawayo where he… Continue reading "How This Single Mom of Two Rewrote Her Story"

  • Sharai Makota Shares How She is Rebuilding Her Life After Tragedy

    Going from being an able-bodied teacher to being paralyzed is not easy, especially when your partner who vowed to be with you through thick and thin files for divorce. The following story is about 57-year-old Sharai Makota who was involved in an accident that changed her whole life and how she managed to get back on her feet. This is her story: “In 2010 I was involved in an accident which left me paraplegic. I was travelling in the back of a pick-up truck which was involved in a double collision. I had a spinal injury, broken ribs, a broken arm and a raptured diaphragm and was in pain. I kept asking God to keep me alive for the sake… Continue reading "Sharai Makota Shares How She is Rebuilding Her Life After Tragedy"