The Meghan Markle Effect

Dear young people
The newly titled, Her Royal Highness Duchess of Sussex formerly known as American actress ‘Meghan Markle’ is not your ticket out of oppression, she is not the answer to racial disparity. She is not a lifeline, she is not a means to escape the austerity any of us may be facing. She is not going to solve the enormity of unsolved problems our society is dealing with. So we should just leave Meghan to her royal duties

Yes we can
This is not to critical exposé on the newly wed (I’m a royalist too). I love the royal family . But I have recently been seeing all sort of unrealistic expectation being laid on the new Princess, as though she is responsible for our upkeep.

Because she is unconventional and has broken records and norms, doesn’t mean she will in turn reform our standard of living. After all, even Obama couldn’t solve the racial issue in America, therefore Markle is certainly not our ticket out of our personal challenges.

Hope not in man
Take note, we see success and we immediately think that they owe us some kind of favour. We see someone doing well, and we think they have a responsibility to sort us out too. It’s okay, to hitch a free ride now and again, but life doesn’t always dishes out favors.

On the other hand, we can personally aspire to big dreams too. I am  sure Markle didn’t apprehend Prince Harry over night. They must have worked on their relationship, they both made sacrifices for the beautiful royal union we’re witnessing today. So don’t see people as a solution, see people as inspiration instead and make time to create our own promising future.

Good intention
It goes without saying, that Markle has in the past championed amazing causes and spoken about pressing topics. That in itself is great, because we need patrons and ambassadors to highlight important causes. But Shining a light on a particular subject doesn’t address the problem, it only exposes it.  We live in one of the world riches country yet we can see experience austerity and hardship, we still in one of the worlds richest nation see kids who still live in poverty. We see division and inequality everywhere. We must admit that standing up for noble causes is admirable, commendable but it takes more than one figure to change the world. We must all be involved.

You are enough
In essence what I am trying to say is, our problems are not going to be solved by idolising great people, even the government can not solve our problems. I’ve learnt to not put my trust in men. Glorifying celebrity and putting them on a pedal stool is wasting precious time. Instead we ought to look inward. Individually, we have a role to play. We are the masters of our own lives, we have a responsibility to ourselves first. Make ‘you’ great first. If you think Markle is going to make our lives great, think again.

Sure be inspired by great women and men’s achievement, by all means emulate the good in them but also create an accolade of your own, leave a lasting legacy of your own. Become in turn, an inspiration to generations to come.
We sometimes sell ourselves short. We value others more than we value ourselves. Count yourself worthy, believe in you, believe you have what it takes to make yourself better off. The potential of a tree lies in its seed. Everything you require is already in you. You just need to harness your greatness.

Call to action
The Meghan Markle effect has been felt everywhere. Why? Because she now represents change, she represents the new, the modern. She has broken ranks and tradition, she has modernised the royal family with a ‘I can influence change’ mindset. But truth be told… She has not got the power to modernise our lives, so by all means be inspired but most importantly take charge of your own life. Take action today.

I know all too well that It takes a strong desire to effect a change. Maybe you haven’t found enough courage to become the change you want to see yet. And that’s okay. The first step is always the realisation that things can no longer stay the same. What you need next is more information and more importantly accept and believe the reality that you can change the circumstance you are in. What you want to do next is change your attitude, change the way you do things, speak the right words and listen to the right folks. Then take action. Things are not going to change themselves. Get in the drivers seat, turn on the engine and drive. Destination?… You decide.


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