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The Pulse of a Global Utopia

World Pulse and Pulsewire is a path that showed itself to me spontaneously through the various sources of information I receive, in the form of newsletters, blogs and journals I like to visit and read. I definitely needed to see what it’s all about and what a surprise! Just one click brings you to a completely new world: a community of enthusiastic people trying to make a difference, sharing stories, exchanging ideas, providing solutions, helping each other. I remember my thought: “If the whole world worked like this, it would be utopia”.

I’ve always been interested in human rights, even before I discovered the term. Being a quiet child, my whole childhood was about books. Raised by highly-educated parents, I grew up with the feeling of fairness and justice and the books only pulled me to this direction even more. However, it was a very painful experience facing the real world after. I still have trouble accepting unfair situations and people around me and it literally hurts me watching and being aware of abuse, violence and injustice. I wrote a lot as a child and a teenager, from poems, to dramas and short stories. My mother told me that the first thing I ever said that I wanted to be is an inventor (God knows I still laugh at this thought), but second and still prevailing aspiration for me is to be a writer so that I can express and convey my thoughts and ideas to the world. Still, working 14 hours a day in order to fund my studies and supporting my sister didn’t give me much time after high school, so I neglected it. After I graduated, I continued working, but finally had some free time for other activities and got enrolled in youth organizations, taking part in projects, international volunteering, youth exchanges, writing for magazines, mentoring younger volunteers etc.

I want to make a change, bring good, make it better and see a result. Pulsewire brings a great vision and Voices of Our Future is one step closer to achieving it! My aspiration is to write about the problems in my country, Macedonia, and the wider Balkan region, and try to find resources and enthusiastic people to join me in organizing local activities. One of the things that worry me a lot is how the society rejects homosexuality. These people are not recognized by anyone and have to lead double lives. Domestic violence is present, pedophilia is spread in the rural areas especially, disabled people don’t have sufficient rights, women started to get liberated, but there is lot more to be done. Reading the journals and personal stories at Pulsewire I know that compared to some countries, mine may seem like bliss and I sympathize with all these people facing so many difficulties in life. However, I think a lot more should be done in Macedonia and I am giving myself to creating a change by amplifying my voice and serving as an ambassador of the Balkans.

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Eliana's picture

Dear Ivana, I really enjoyed

Dear Ivana,
I really enjoyed reading your post and I am glad and proud that you stand for the changemakers in the Balcan area and in your country, Macedonia. Thank you for raising the awareness of the situation in your country you recognized. It is a first step that can lead to improve and put into action a change.
There are not problems or realities that are worse than others. Everyone faces its reality and does the best out of it. The most important thing is: EVERY WOMAN MAKES A DIFFERENCE and STANDS UP, RAISES HER VOICE and has the COURAGE to point out what is not working in her community/country.
The situation about homosexuality is very little known and dealt with in the world and so people are still forced to live a double life and risk to collapse and put an end to their existance.
Thank you for sharing your ideas.
Peace to you
Eliana

Eliana

IvanaG's picture

Dear Eliana,

Thank you for all the nice words and encouragement. You are so right that there are not realities that are worse than others and everybody has to face with theirs and preferably do something to make it better. Like you said, I believe this will be the first step and my intention is to continue writing, pointing to the troublesome areas and make another step forward by going into action. Regarding the homosexuality, I started being aware after a friend of mine, who is gay, told me all about it and this issue started concerning me a lot and I started exploring it and trying to support these people, because they need support.
Keep in touch!
Best

Ivana

Eliana's picture

Thank you Ivana, well, I have

Thank you Ivana,
well, I have a friend who is homosexual too and I know what problems they are facing either as they hide to conform to society either as they speak out. There is very much disinformation and discrimination related to this issue and there is not a lot of talking made about. I think you are on right path to raise awareness and to speak out for them, to let their voices be heard.
Thank you for your work.
Peace to you
Eliana

Eliana

noreens's picture

Hi Ivana, I can see that we

Hi Ivana,

I can see that we have a lot in common - human rights issues, reading, writing, and wanting to make a difference in the world. There are so many issues all over the world that need to be addressed and changed. I guess the first step toward making a change is recognizing that. You made a start here with me - I will be searching the internet for information about Macedonia. Thanks!!

Noreen

IvanaG's picture

Hi Noreen, Yes, we do and I

Hi Noreen,
Yes, we do and I am happy to be in a community of people who are all willing and striving to make a difference for the better. I like all of your posts and when I read your stories I feel like I've known you for quite a while. Thank you for the interest you showed and I am planning to write about troublesome issues in my region, addressing it and posing it globally and try to make opportunities for some solutions.

Best,
Ivana

CoachMarcie's picture

We stand together

I was very moved by your voice! Each of us together can make this world a better place for young girls and women. You are taking a stand and this is wonderful. Keep going and you will do great things. Best, Marcie

Best,
Marcie

IvanaG's picture

Together and next to each other

Thank you for the lovely comment! I truly believe if someone is determined to make a difference it will happen and if we all go together then it is inevitable. Hope to stay in touch with you in this endearing community.
Best
Ivana

ariniaina's picture

Hi Ivana, Your story is

Hi Ivana,

Your story is really touching. I sincerely encourage you with the efforts for change you want to bring for your country and wish you the best.

Wow. I've also loved writing since my childhood. I started with poems and some fairy tales for my younger brother.

Cheers,

Ariniaina

Thanks for visiting my blog http://ariniaina.wordpress.com

IvanaG's picture

Hi Ariniaina,

Thanks for the encouragement; people like you make me feel stronger, braver and able to do anything. Every start is hard and I am feeling that I've made a tiny step forward. It's wonderful what you say about the writing, it makes me feel connected to you even more! I'll be reading your wonderful posts as usual and hope to stay connected in this community!

Best,
Ivana

Aida Dervishi's picture

Dear Ivana, You are a great

Dear Ivana,
You are a great ambassador both for your country and the Balkans. I am so proud of you.
And I am glad we connected here.

Keep in touch.

Best,
Aida.

IvanaG's picture

Dear Aida,

Thanks for the wonderful encouragement. I really appreciate it especially because you are coming from my region and you are aware of all the problems and things we are facing. Let's both start doing something, speak up and make a difference. Let's serve as an example to the others with our Macedonian and Albanian friendship. By the way, I have friends from there who are absolutely lovely! I am grateful for having you here!! Keep up!
Best,
Ivana

Myrthe's picture

Thank you!

Ivana, reading your post made me smile: I recognized myself in your description of you as a young girl: the reading, the writing, the interest in human rights and sense of justice. I think your personality and your passion really shine through in this post.

I hope you will continue to use your journal at World Pulse as a platform for your writing, to share your own stories and information about Macedonia with us.

Thank you for sharing your story.

Myrthe

IvanaG's picture

Hi Myrthe,

Thank you for reading my post, I highly appreciate it. I love being surrounded by people with similar interests here and at some point it makes me feel overwhelmed and wishing I could know you all in person. I will continue using my journal here for sure, World Pulse has definitely made a kick with me, throwing me out of my writer's block and I just can't help wanting to share here. I would love to read your stories and posts as well, so let's do some writing. :-)
Thank you again for the encouragement!

Best,
Ivana

Myrthe's picture

Ouch! You touched a sore

Ouch! You touched a sore point, Ivana! ;-) I'm trying to get over my writer's block myself. Life has taken me away from writing in the past eight months or so, and I miss it terribly. Thank you for telling me to get back to writing, because that's really what I should be doing! :-)

IvanaG's picture

Perhaps we are similar and

Perhaps we are similar and can smell our fears! :-) I completely understand how it feels and I can just say that I would love to read something from you and can't wait to share some stories and hear more from you! Procrastination does not feel good, but once you set yourself to writing you will feel much better! I am sending you all the encouragement to start again!

Tina's picture

A Balkan Voice

Dear Ivana,
This was a moving piece to me, which reminded me very much of how I first felt on joining Pulsewire. I agree with your sentiment: “If the whole world worked like this, it would be utopia”.

I feel for you when you say that by comparison to the stories coming out of some countries here on Pulsewire that the problems in your region of the world seem like bliss. As a writer from New York, I struggled with similar feelings, though the truth is there are no problems that are more important or worthy than another. So keep writing, keep raising your voice and keep shining a light on the Balkans.

I see a clear and powerful voice emerging here and I am looking forward to reading more from you.

IvanaG's picture

Hi Tina!

I feel honored by your comment and it's so wonderful to hear that my story had an impact on you. Why I said the comparison was that I always feel compassionate with people and try to put myself in their shoes instead of just talking and concentrating on me. There's a lot worse - that's something I keep telling myself whenever I feel discouraged or full of something and I immediately feel better focusing on the good things.

Thank you for the encouragement and I am looking forward to keep in touch in this amazing community!

Best,

Ivana

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