Raha Moharrak's moving message to her Saudi sisters

The pioneer, adventurer and first Saudi woman to climb Mount Everest shares her most valuable life lessons
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Raha Moharrak's moving message to her Saudi sisters

I can't describe how proud I am to be an Arab woman, and especially a Saudi woman, at a time we've taken such a huge step towards a beautiful, bright future. I never imagined that I’d ever be able to drive in my home country in my lifetime.

I’d like to think that every single one of us is responsible for that shift and the change. Each of us has chipped away at that glass ceiling, and collectively we will eventually be able to reach our full potential.

I’ve learnt a lot on my journey so far. The first is that we are our own worst enemy. We are our own toughest critic. We are our own lines and boundaries. We are far more powerful and great than we give ourselves credit for. I’ve learnt we really need to give ourselves the opportunity to shine.

The second lesson I take with me is that you should never be afraid of failure. It means you’ve tried something new. There’s no shame in failing. The only shame is being too afraid to take the first step.

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