Colouring outside the lines


Strength often suggests the age old adage of ‘I have it all together’. When in actual fact if we’re honest with ourselves and each other there are lots of times when we don’t.

We actually have times when we feel like life is far from ‘together’; when life feels really messy and complicated, when we have questions that are unanswered, secrets that we dare not tell.

To quote my good friend Amanda, we all inevitably at one time or another  have ‘colour outside of the lines’.

But we pride ourselves on the pretty picture. The life that says to the world I can do all things, and do it in heals at that!

The truth is that it is harder to admit that we don’t have it all together, than it is to pretend that we wear a cape.

There is strength in admitting that life is messy, that as much as you try to resist it you’re a part of the collective that we call humanity.

True strength is actually allowing yourself to be vulnerable. It is being able to do life honestly in community.

Seeking counsel. Asking for wisdom. Sharing your deepest concerns, questions and short comings.

Strength isn’t about doing life on your own, yelling ‘I am woman hear me roar’. It is about being strong enough to admit that you are just like me, on a life long pilgrimage.

Colouring inside the lines is over rated. Colour with me?

About Karina Chicote

Karina Chicote is a strategic leader for an international child’s rights organisation and writer and presenter on radio for Kin Women. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and has designed and led award-winning programs for Aboriginal children and young people. Karina has worked across the globe on campaigns in London, asylum seeker centres in Papua New Guinea, the UN General Assembly in New York and now leads strategic projects across Western Australia. Karina was a finalist for the WA Youth Work Awards in 2015 and 2016, recognising her leadership and commitment to creating change for the most vulnerable young people in our communities. Above all Karina is a wife to Lance and lover of their Pug Brixton, who amidst the seriousness of changing the world make her laugh, a lot.