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My Personal Story

As a 25-year-old single mother of two young boys on Guam, the last six years of my life have been filled with transformation, discovery, love, triumph, tragedy, and uncertainty. Navigating through life with no map, I have been chartering my own path and consciously co-creating with the universe. Throwing out old limiting and negative patterns of belief has been necessary in forging forward in my dreams and passions. Letting go of what society says about whom I should be and how I should behave has been key in my personal growth and rediscovery of my self.

After a downward spiral into depression, relationship issues, and parenting struggles, I finally committed myself to creating my own happiness. Empowerment came when I learned to accept ALL of who I am, especially the parts I am ashamed of and try to hide from the world. During the rediscovery of my self in the past two years, the universe has reminded me of the infinite interconnectedness that I share with every life form. Much judgment that I held for others has left my heart, and is instead replaced by a feeling of connection, love, and respect. The globalization that our world has been experiencing in recent decades is unavoidable in a multitude of areas. We are all in the same boat, regardless of our status or appearance. Human rights issues have been put in the forefront, as we are no longer geographically isolated. Personal issues are now global issues.

I was born and raised here on Guam. As a child, a minority by appearances, life was difficult, filled with bullying and a search for identity. It wasn’t until just recently, as I delved deeper into Guam history and culture studies, that I realized that Guam is experiencing its own identity crisis, and has been for hundreds of years throughout its colonization by more than one nation (first Spain, and then America, and also a brutal 2-year occupation by Japan during WWII). Today, Guam still struggles to preserve its culture as it faces the largest military buildup in U.S. history. The people have many concerns, among them are: dramatic population increase caused by the relocation of 8,000 marines from Okinawa, along with their dependents and temporary workers during the buildup process; stresses on the sewage systems; traffic (already a problem); fresh water supply; funding for infrastructure repairs and maintenance; limited health care facilities that are already at full capacity; and probably the most emotionally loaded concern is that the residents of Guam feel they have no say in what happens with this buildup.

This critical time in our history has spurred my passions, especially in the areas of social justice. When a friend sent me the link to the World Pulse site and the Voices of Our Future program, I knew this would be one way to get Guam’s voice heard. I am one woman with an open heart, willing to collaborate with others to establish creative solutions to our global issues.

Comments

Daydri's picture

thank you

for sharing your story - it is inspiring and interesting to note the connections between the personal and the political. well done!
d*

aimeeknight's picture

I am a single mother of two

I am a single mother of two boys! With just your first line, you became my sister. I like this...The globalization that our world has been experiencing in recent decades is unavoidable in a multitude of areas. We are all in the same boat, regardless of our status or appearance. Human rights issues have been put in the forefront, as we are no longer geographically isolated. Personal issues are now global issues...excellent writing!

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

inspiredshell's picture

thank you for your comments

thank you for your comments sisters. its been a whirlwind! I feel like I've been so far down in the pits that the only place I can really go is UP. And have been progressively doing so for the past two years... its an ebb and flow, and I no longer judge myself for the times I feel low. Its been an intense exercise in authenticity, being unafraid to let my true self shine, no matter what others think. And I feel that by doing so, its sends the message to others that they have the human right to do the same. Much love to all of you!

With much love & light,

Shell

http://CreativeIndeed.net

dg.vegas's picture

I felt as if your were saying

I felt as if your were saying what i wanted to say and way easier to understand! you expressed yourself so clearly I feel I know you! Well done! I hope you continue to grow in all aspects of your self.

In lake'ch

Pushpa Achanta's picture

Your story

Dear friend,

March on, move up, this universe and life is yours! I admire and salute your courage, open mindedness and hope for the future.

Best wishes...

Warmth and love,
Pushpa

Mirchii's picture

Thank you for inspiring me-

Dear Ms. Guam,

This is a really well-written piece of work! That being said, I think that tribulations -big or small- are a mere test of internal strength that is sometimes lying dormant. You seem to have passed with flying colours and golden stars! And for that, I commend you. I especially love your take on how local is now going global. The world is coming together like never before in creating a solutions-based approach to common problems that affect societies everywhere. Keep up the good work! And thanks for the inspiration.

Love and peace,
Mirchii

sarahgustavus's picture

Reflection

I really love how you connect your own journey to the changes in Guam. I think that's a powerful way of reflecting deeply on your own experiences. Your voice in this essay seems completely authentic and I was glad to see you open in this way to a community of women who you don't know yet. Reading your essay just made me want to know more about your story up until this point. Was there one moment when you knew you had to make changes in your life? What has inspired you so far?

I look forward to hearing more about your ideas and Guam!

Best,
Sarah

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