Updated: Jul 28
From a very young age I’ve played a little game with myself to help me pass the time. In this game I will observe everyone around me and make stories of their fate in my head based on how they spoke or what they wore. Sometimes I match-made people then looked for clues to confirm my conclusion and before I knew it the time had gone. One place I loved to do this at was church. HAHA! Don’t judge me. I’ve since moved on to more “adult ways” of passing the time like reading passages in the bible completely unrelated to what is being read upfront. But that is a conversation for another day.
Now, when I was much, much younger, I loved to watch a particular lady called Rachel. Rachel Mwine. In my opinion, she had the longest natural hair of all the girls in the church and the biggest gorgeous eyes. She would tie her hair in little balls that looked like planets fitted on top of one another from largest to smallest. I missed her when she went off to boarding school because then I had nothing to look at. She was a glorious, light skinned, princess and I was an aspiring princess. In-between after service kids games of hide and seek, I would sneak in the shadows and listen to her speak with her age mates.
One day I deliberately went over to eve’s drop on their young adult conversation. Rachel had cut off her hair; A catastrophic action that my little mind couldn’t fathom. I heard her say that it was because she was going to a new school. I swore never to go to a school that cut my hair. It’s so strange recalling my little adventures. But Rachel continues to fulfil what I imagined about her.
She’s eloquent, stylish and isn’t afraid of the unknown. She is one lady who fights her battles with grace, discretion and integrity.
There is so much societal pressure in media and entertainment to speak a certain way, dress a certain way and look a certain way. However, Rachel is like a breath of fresh air to this media mountain bringing her own flourish and calm personality. Without being preachy or assertive of her beliefs, she simply shows them because they are clearly written on her heart. When I was first considering getting into the entertainment world, I desperately wanted to see Christian individuals whom I knew also tackle the industry but they were few. Instead the prophetic words against such were pouring in, in thousands. But I saw Rachel, I saw her souring and maintaining her foundation and I knew I would be able to do the same.