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The human experience is an exercise in collecting disappointments and mistakes, ruminating on them for a little bit, and turning them into wisdom and growth.

Nowadays I am an optimistic person but I haven’t always been this way. There were times when I wanted to have everything done “at once” and if it didn’t happen I used to get very frustrated and discouraged.

In time I realized that it is a common phenomenon in life not to succeed from the very first trying and it’s human to get disappointed. I also learned that this is not the end of the world, as every so-called failure is in fact a great blessing, a wonderful opportunity to learn the life lesson. What’s most important in this case is not to get discouraged and stop, but take a step back to see the situation clearer. Generally, starting doing something you set a kind of strategy trying to answer the questions “why”, “what”, “how” and “what if”. Thus, not getting the result you wanted to, allow yourself some time and meditate on the above questions.

The life of my generation is full of contradictory events which made us change our life at 180 degrees. After being raised and educated in the socialist ideology in the ex-Soviet Union, after being told that our alphabet is the Cyrillic one, after being taught the socialist economy is the best one, while in the capitalist countries is just exploitation of people, suddenly, in 1989, when the Soviet Union collapsed we had to re-learn many important things, beginning with the alphabet to write in - Latin, the language we speak- Romanian, live and act in a society in transition. It came out that not every person was able to do it. Not everyone was capable to adjust to the new life and act without being told by the “boss” what and when to do everything. That is why, when my country, Republic of Moldova, an ex- soviet republic, declared its independence in 1991, and began implementing democratic principles it was difficult for some people to change their habits and even, ideology. In addition, the politicians were not always determined to work for a better development of the country, either. As a result some people began blaming the new democratic government, others, more than a million people, left the country and went to work abroad illegally, especially girls and young women. They left their husbands and children at home sending them money. But, this money couldn’t replace the spouse’s love and the majority of the husbands found themselves spending their time at the bar, drinking a beer. A lot of families divorced as a result. The children have everything they can buy with money, except their mothers’ care and love. At school I have some 17 year old girls whose mothers are abroad since they were 3-4 years old. They long for a homey atmosphere and they also are making plans of leaving abroad.

Many of the last year high school graduates went to study abroad, especially to Romania and for the first time before leaving they had a meeting with the interim president of Moldova who gave a speech to them. It’s the message that they are waited to come back home to build their own country. This year my students are implementing in the school a project in collaboration with a school from another country. They are very willing and enthusiastic to do it, to make new friends, to learn and share ideas.

Within the last year we had 2 elections as a result of the parliament refusal to elect a communist president. We had a temporary government for a year, and this one worked a lot to make our country be heard by the European and other international organizations. Many members of this government are young people who even studied abroad but returned home and are working hard to build a democratic society here. We have another parliamentarian election on 28th of November and I hope everyone will make the right decision.

During my English classes I have long discussions with high school students and I see how motivated some of them are to get involved in making a better life here, in their own country. My role is to help them see and understand better the reality, discuss and compare the events happening both in our country and abroad, make them think and share their ideas, which finally leads to seeing their life from another perspective. As many people, including teachers and high school students use Face book I post the link of World Pulse and other useful sites there and they became interested in them, being a new source of information.

I want to live and work in my country, teach and educate the pupils to love it and fight for its democratic rules. I want the young people and their parents to have the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and results wherever they are and work. I look forward to learning new methods and strategies which would be a more effective tool in my work with people around me.



Your story illustrates how difficult the struggle for individual freedom and expression can be even as young people work together to overcome decades of oppression. Thank you for making our future your priority!

Kathleen Abood

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Hi Eugenie,
Your journal entry really illustrates the changes your country through time. I really believe you are example for all the youth you teach to. Great job! And I look forward to hearing about your experiences more in the future!

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