I am a Pioneer

I had the opportunity, while attending my first on-campus Doctorate course at Liberty University, to meet people who looked like me. Not in skin tone or personality, but whose life experiences were very similar to mine.      

Attributed to: Robert Thomson


These individuals were some of the first in their families to obtain a higher education. They were pioneers, just like me…   

A pioneer is someone who is the first to enter or settle a region, thus opening it for occupation and development by others.     

Being the first to pursue master and doctorate degrees within my family, things have not been very easy.  As a pioneer, I know that I have to clear the way so that others can follow suit; I have to go through uncharted territory…this can be very difficult at times.     

Without a doubt, pioneers must work 10xs harder, jump a little higher, and do a little more than everyone else because of the many odds against them. Sometimes, they are ridiculed, misunderstood and/or hated against. There are frustrations, worries, negativity, and lack of people with similar vision, thus ultimately creating stress.    

Attributed to: Nevada Tumbleweed


 But, you can’t focus on those things—they are ONLY distractions to keep you from your purpose. There are others who are watching you, waiting for you to clear the way. They see your strength, perseverance, determination, and fearlessness; they are waiting for an example, someone to show them that it can be done.     

To give an encouraging word to my fellow pioneers…     

You may be the first about to graduate high school, obtain a bachelors, masters, and/or doctorate degree. The first person to be saving yourself for marriage,  to plant a church, become a pastor, give your heart to God, etc., within your family… don’t quit, but keep persevering! You are able to overcome and achieve greatness. Remember, you are the one paving the way for someone else.   

  I’d love to hear your story… are you a pioneer?


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Ms. Moe - March 2, 2010

Well Ms. Lady, I am very proud of you! Like you said, it is certainly not an easy task, and I am often misunderstood by those closest to me as being mean or selfish, but they don’t see what I see. I go hard for greatness while still trying to live day to day, giving the best of myself. Be blessed sister, I’m cheering you on:)

    Lakia - March 2, 2010

    Thanks! I’m cheering you on too 🙂 I will say though, I am still trying to find balance. There are times when I feel like no one understands me, but in reality, I oftentimes see others with a scewed vision. I say my vision is scewed because I feel as though they don’t understand me, but in reality, they aren’t supposed to understand… My vision is my vision, and if it looks blurry to others, it’s ok… there are only a few people in this world God entrusts with that information to help push you along the way. Just think, how would we grow emotionally, physically, and/or spiritually if we didn’t have opposition? It would be pretty easy! The key is to perservere…
    Others may see the blurry vision of what you’re trying to accomplish, but ultimately, you (sometimes) see the full picture. You have a destination, others are watching, and it will come to fruition! Hang in there my fellow Lady Pioneer 😉

eternallyhopeful - March 2, 2010

Excellent writing! Really made me think…………. I’m still thinking…………….. I’ll need to get back to you. Maybe I am a pioneer, though not sure I know exactly what type yet. Have a great day, Roxanne

Bernie Kasper - March 3, 2010

Good luck with you adventure, your words are very inspiring and I believe you dreams are within your grasp !!

pt4themind - March 3, 2010

Wow, nice post Lakia. I am a pioneer! Didn’t realize that until I read your post. Im the first to receive my B.S…and I am the first one in my immediate family to start my own business. Thanks or the encouraging post. You rock!

Doraz - March 3, 2010

My parents were born in Italy. They repeated over and over again how lucky we were in America to have such great schools. My dad said to do all that you can do..no stopping. We all got our degrees, and my parents were thrilled! 🙂 You will do great things! 🙂

jokerbook - March 4, 2010

Good luck with you adventure, may God Bless You!
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momromp - March 4, 2010

Nice post. I like that idea of a “pioneer” when it comes to your education. My siblings and I were first members of our family to go to college and I was the first in my family to get a doctorate. I think the pressure from my parents was tough to deal with at times; they didn’t realize they were pressuring us to perform superiorly, but because they never had the opportunity to pursue higher education, they placed many expectations on our shoulders. That being said, my parents were our biggest cheerleaders and I’m forever grateful to them for working long hours to give us the chance to get great educations.

Slamdunk - March 4, 2010

Congrats on being the first in your family to attain such high educational pursuits.

My family is full of folks who reched the pinnacle of their field, and I am a bit of a late bloomer but hope to do the same.

secondsit - March 4, 2010

i hear similar stories from my elders. being the youngest in the family i grow up and learned my ways through the cleared path the “pioneers” have paved before me. i understand it is a difficult and sometimes lonely path, im im sure it is worth it.

Lakia - March 4, 2010

Thanks Doraz and jokerbook for your encouragement!

Momromp- Wow, congrats on the Doctorate 🙂

Slamdunk.. thanks so much! You will do great things, no matter how much of a late bloomer you are!

Secondsit– Yep! Once the path is paved, others are able to follow! That’s the biggest reward anyone could ever ask for 🙂

Thanks guys for giving some great feedback and insight into your lives 😉

jeffshawn - March 5, 2010

Your blogz..especially ‘The Pioneer’ is really thought provoking..keep goin….

Kathy - March 6, 2010

This is a really interesting blog. You are definitely a pioneer! Congratulations on your attainments. I am wondering if we are all pioneers in some way. Different ways. I think I am a pioneer perhaps in thinking in ways that other people don’t think. And perhaps spiritually. Love these questions that make you think. Also wanted to thank you for commenting on my blog and good luck in your blogging adventures!

Lakia - March 6, 2010

Eternallyhopeful- How could I miss commenting back to you? lol thanks so much chica, I’ll be waiting for your response hehehe

Pt4themind, thank you very much! That’s an awesome accomplishment! To be the first to graduate with your BA in your immediate family! You should definitely go for the Masters.

Jeffshawn thanks for the encouragement! I will keep on moving

Kathy, I have to agree with you! I think we are pioneers in our own unique ways. I will also be back to your page ) to read some more of your blogs.

Thanks everyone for your kind words

aliciadudek - March 7, 2010

I feel like a pioneer too in this regard.

You know when you know that you know nothing is when you start to help others transcend.

dreamingiris - March 8, 2010

Hi Lakia, thanks for commenting on my blog today =) I love this article about being a pioneer. It is so much harder when you are a pioneer- but your difficulties are invisible to those who aren’t pioneers. They think (without thinking about it) that your journey should be as easy as theirs.

My two sisters and I are the first in our family to finish high school and go to college. It’s hard, because higher education is a whole new world. People take for granted things that I have never heard of before. There are so many nuances, so many things to plan, so many things to take care of, that I feel lost sometimes. I have to remind myself to take advantage of the counselors and people that are there to help me.

Congratulations on being a pioneer! Good luck in your journey =)

sabinspirations - March 9, 2010

Thanks for this post. I’ve been telling my best friend this almost weekly. I know I am pioneering some things. Good to meet others. 🙂

shawn price - March 9, 2010

Thought I’d drop by and take a look at what’s been going on in the world of Lakia…

I am extremely proud of you and what God is doing in you and through you. I read the comment above about perseverance. Ain’t that the truth! Stay looking up girl…You haven’t even scratched the surface of what’s in store for you.

Your sis 4 life,

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