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Imaginings of the Future

I am walking down the street, on my way to work. It is a beautiful day, and I am wearing my favourite blue silk dress and glittery red shoes. I love the way my dress moves with my body, making walking feel more like dancing. And so I am smiling and swaying my hips, my head held high and music in my steps, when I pass a group of construction workers (mostly people who identify as ‘men’). They all greet me, a respectful, genuine greeting, which I return without hesitating. At the news stand near my workplace, I catch a glimpse of that day’s headline: “Home-free at last” – a closer look shows a report on the phenomenal eradication of so-called domestic violence. I feel like shouting for joy, and so I do, eliciting a thumbs-up from the guy selling the newspapers. As I enter the building, my smile turns into a slightly wry one, as always when I look up at the glass ceiling, thinking back to the days when the term ‘glass ceiling’ would actually signify something other than a brilliant architectural touch! Now it adds to the inspiring setting where I do creative workshops, facilitating the making, sharing and performing of personal-political narratives. I truly enjoy working with people from all over the world and all walks of life, and participating in this process of constant transformation. During my coffee break, as I am munching on a previously-deemed-decadent (i.e. chocolate) cupcake, I get a call from my sister in South Africa, who tells me about the latest advertising campaign of the magazine where she works as creative director: “It’s all about smashing gender stereotypes – and it’s a hit!” In the background I can hear my other sister muttering something about unfunny puns (apparently they are at her new home… finally a place of her own). On my way home, I still have a lingering wistful smile, thinking of how proud I am of them, my sisters (it was hard for them, being young mothers and women of colour, back in 2010)… of the long way we have all come; how much has changed for all my sisters in terms of opportunities for and access to education, care and economic security. It is getting dark, just the sound of my red footsteps and my singing thoughts, and I am walking down the street – smiling.

I am smiling now, as I run my eyes (a bit teary – I admit, not without embarrassment!) over the vision (fantasy, dream, hope, ideal) I have just sketched in words. And I am sighing – at the weight (the wait, and the longing) and the unbearable lightness of it. I wonder about (this) vision – is it ‘really’ vision, or just a sweeping flight of fancy? There is so much I can not ‘see’ – it is the future, after all. Yet when I look back and witness what had been accomplished for and by women, when I look around and read the stories, testimonies and reports here on WorldPulse, I can imagine. This has often been my response to writing (my own, and that of others): I can imagine. And so I hope for, I envision a way to continue writing with empathy, and faithfully. And I imagine, I believe that becoming a Voices of Our Future correspondent would guide me on this path.

Comments

inspiredshell's picture

Beautiful!

Oh how I loved this post! Let the tears of relief and release roll, and make way for joy! There will always be much healing to do, but that need not stop us from experiencing relief, peace and joy, for these feelings are contagious and facilitate healing too. I can't wait to hear more about what you are doing (you caught my attention with your creative workshops and political-personal narratives, please tell more!)

Keep walking, keep smiling, keep writing. Your voice is beautiful. =)

With much love & light,

Shell

http://CreativeIndeed.net

Daydri's picture

thank you

how lovely to wake up to this message : )

so glad we're in touch - i will keep it that way!

d*

Andrea Arzaba's picture

Great post!

My dear! You have caused a big smile on my face! I LOVE IT!!!!!!

Daydri's picture

right back at you

: )

d*

The Afrika way's picture

Nice!!!!!!

Beautiful...your post has a certain rhythm; a calm, relaxed, soothing rhythm. So honest, so real...everyday living....it makes me trust you.

You must continue writing. I love love your writing!

The Afrika way's picture

Nice!!!!!!

Beautiful...your post has a certain rhythm; a calm, relaxed, soothing rhythm. So honest, so real...every day living....it makes me trust you.

You must continue writing. I love love your writing!

Daydri's picture

thank you : )

with all my heart,
d*

laurabstull's picture

Beautiful!

Dear Daydri,

How expressive and beautifully written. You so vividly captured your hope for the future, and it was a joy to read. Your genuine style and sense of humor also make your writing accessible and relevant to all who read it. As you mentioned, your imagination is a powerful tool, and you will clearly be able to use it to benefit yourself and those who come in contact with you!

I hope you continue to express yourself through writing, you clearly have a gift and I can't wait to read more from you!

Best of luck,
Laura

AmyM's picture

Keep on writing -- you have a gift!

Daydri,

I loved this. You created such a beautiful, positive world. The colors, the streets, the people -- I felt like I was there too. Your vision can come true--it can all come to pass. Your energy, emotion, and positive actions will help it happen. Whatever happens, keep writing! You've got a great voice. Keep sharing it with WorldPulse and others -- your writing is a gift that's meant to be shared!

Warmest regards,

Amy

Daydri's picture

your words

are a dazzling blue
against grey silencing thoughts

thank you so much
for helping me to believe
in (my) writing again

all the best,
d*

Julie Tomlin's picture

Keep writing, keep dreaming..

Having a vision of something different up ahead is both exhilarating and frightening and I think you express both very well in your writing. Using words to paint an alternative vision of the future is a great gift and I hope you will find great encouragement in developing and using it.

Yours,
Julie

@julietomlin

Lilith784's picture

Your voice

This is such a beautiful vision, and carried across strongly by your beautiful way of writing it. Thank you for the energy and the thought you have poured into this piece.
Andrea

Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

Wonderful Fantasy!

Dear D-

Your writing sucked me in, and I was thinking to myself "where does this woman live? How does she get respectful greetings from construction workers? Where is this end of domestic violence? I want to go there!". If this is fantasy, let me join to. Wonderful vision, amazing writing. If you ever come to Barcelona, Spain, please let me know!

Hugs,

Rachael

"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

Daydri's picture

: )

thank you rachael - happy to dream this fantasy real with (all of) you!

i love barcelona - will definitely let you know if i'm there... and if you're ever in the porto area, do the same!

xx
d*

Woops, boy, the title got cut off on my original comment, sorry about that! :) Will definitely let you know if I am in the Porto area--I am lucky to be meeting Erna (from the application process) next week here in Barcelona and it would be great to meet more World Pulse women!

Kind regards,

R

"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

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