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Hope is defined by; ‘the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best‘.

Sometimes we (or at least definitely I) can be so focussed on what we want (and what we think that looks/feels like), that we forsake the best.

We hope for the perfect partner, he has to be intelligent, athletic, fun, tall, sensitive, easy on the eye…you know how it rolls. We’re so focussed on what we’re ‘hoping’  for (whatever that looks like in our heads) that we look past ‘the best’. When I was 18, with all my infinite wisdom, I vividly remember sitting in a car with my best friend and saying, ‘I don’t really care who I marry as long as he’s not an asian gangster’. True as can be 4 years later I married a man who is not only 100 percent asian, he also sports a tattoo sleeve and says things like ‘dude man, bro for real?’. True story.

This might be a ridiculous example, but if I had stayed so focussed on ‘my picture’ of what I was hoping for and in doing so overlooked the kind, warm and generous guy that knocked on my car window and asked me out for coffee, then I would have missed the ‘best’ with the endless search for ‘my picture’.  (Please note this is not an endorsement for dating any old crazy.)

Sometimes we have to let go of ‘our picture’ of what we’re hoping for, and put our energy into hope that truly believes that whilst it might look different to what you expect – it will turn out for ‘the best’. Sometimes we just don’t know what the best is until we’re there.


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.


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  • Esther Murray

    What a great reminder for us to be open to possibility in ways not previously thought! a refreshing post Karina!

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