Web 2.0: A solution to the raging fires of my heart
My name is Wanjiru Mungai. As a (not-so) young woman, I have, over the course of my life, and by different people, in different countries, been told that I have a gift of writing. That I must write. That I tell stories well. How true? That I cannot tell. But what I know is that I look around my environment and often times, a fire rages in my heart. A deep longing within my heart, a longing to speak, and as WorldPulse so very clearly puts it, a longing to speak for myself. For often times many have spoken on my behalf, and have distorted my words to my disadvantage.
With whom do I speak? How will my voice, and as a result, the voices of thousands of those with questions like mine, be heard? How will I hold hands with a woman in India who wants to speak of the challenges of her parent's inability to have enough dowry - or a fellow woman in Kenya who is as incredulous as I am that my heartbeat of love and realization that we are one people is often times ignored, or another in the West who is tired of the endless run, catching with time, and finds no meaning of life? How shall I, as a woman, express my love, not only for my child and the children of my sisters and brothers? How will I speak of my belief that peace must emanate from within the home and spread beyond?
The possibilities that Web 2.0 offers for me to not only express the burning issues in my heart, but also embrace and learn, and share with others around the globe is tremendous.
While the internet remains a dream for many, it is a tool that is widely available today not only for young people, but for the older generation. It is a tool, as has been seen on several occasions, (such as the Presidential Campaign of President Barack Obama), that can be useful to inform, to gather support, to educate, to network.
It is for me an exciting adventure to undertake the journey in understanding and using Web 2.0, not only because it gives me an opportunity to explore beyond my comfort zone as I develop my talent (I can no longer say I am not sure anyone is interested in my writing – after all, I have had many responses for my WorldPulse Journal); but Web 2.0 also provides me an opportunity to build my capacity for a purpose greater than myself, that of serving the Community.