The Unspoken


The excitement and thought of infinite possibilities I had when I had an epiphany about starting my very own blog slowly faded when I caught myself staring at a  blank screen for more than two hours. I found myself slowly shrinking at the fear of deciding what I thought my first blog post should be about.

The amount of pressure involved in voicing out your opinions for others to judge and possibly base their ostracism on slowly turned my excitement into thoughts of horror. It is at that very moment that I recalled a quote I once came across by Marianne Williamson which reads “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us…..”

When you have been shutting out your inner voice and thoughts for so long it is nearly impossible to open up that door and tap into that voice inside of you which is still screaming so loud of all the unspoken words. All the times you wanted to scream at someone and give them a peace of your mind, all the times you had a story to tell but were never given the platform, all the times you wanted to express yourself but lacked the proper words and actions, all the times you allowed others to look and speak down on you because you believed every word they said, all those times you doubted your own capabilities, all those times you were shamed for being different, all those times you let others take the spotlight because you did not feel worthy…. all the unspoken words and all the endless echoes of your silent cries, all of those and more are the reason I decided to take a leap of faith and voice out my opinions and random thoughts.

We live in a world full of opinionated people, with voices so loud we often lose our way. With so many people telling you which way is what we often lose ourselves in the process of pleasing those around us (Our parents, friends, colleagues, partners, families etc), which is all quite unnecessary. We only get one life and it is imperative that we use it wisely so as to have no regrets.

Okay!! Enough with the heavy stuff!! These are my random ramblings about everything in general. I am quite excited to share my thoughts in this space, as I learn, love and live life in the best way I possibly can.

Published by Sibahle Teyise

Mholo, Hello, Groete, Sawubona, Lotjhani, Dumela, Ndaa, Avuxeni! I’m Sibahle Teyise, JAGWAT founder and head content writer. I have an Undergraduate Degree from UCT majoring in Public Policy and Literature, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma from UCT specialising in Marketing, Events Management and Business Communication. I am an author under construction, working on my book to be published soon- "When It Happens For Girls Like Us". I started JAGWAT in 2017, following the success of my personal blog - Tales Of The Mute. The inspiration to start JAGWAT came after hearing the sad stories of women being murdered on a daily basis, the violence against women as well as the many stories of women taking their own lives because of suffering in silence. JAGWAT provides a platform for women to take back the power by sharing their stories on a public central platform and with this, they show other women that they are not alone. I believe that when women stand together great things happen. No women should suffer in silence and the more we speak up as women and create a sisterhood and support group, the more powerful we can become. I am passionate about communities with women from disadvantaged backgrounds and JAGWAT supports Women Initiatives as well as making a difference in various schools from the township by offering assistance to learners in the form of mentorship and tutoring. I am a self-proclaimed book-worm and although I am a shy person, I am a motivational public speaker. I was heavily bullied in primary as well as high school and I am extremely passionate about Anti-Bullying campaigns and initiatives. I read, I write, I gym, I pray, I cycle, , I hike, I run, and pretty much everything in between. I am a weight loss motivator having lost 16kg in the past 2 years, which is quite an achievement for someone who can’t cook. (Thank GOD for food that can easily be boiled!!) I am a firm believer that an empowered women can empower other women and JAGWAT aims to be that platform for Women Empowerment. On a lighter note: I have the worst music playlist in the history of playlists.

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