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My Writing Spark!

Mazahua dance

I am a Communications student and I am practising online journalism. But talking beyond those sentences…who am I? What do I see myself doing in my life?

Well… I can say that I see myself serving others, and by this means, I would be making myself happy. I enjoy being surrounded by people and getting impregnated with their love, their hopes, their fears and their own dreams.

I love cultures. I am passionate about indigenous cultures from all over the world, since I believe when I am around them, a magical spark surrounds my whole being and I feel connected with them. In the past I have known Canadian Inuits, Moroccan Berbers and since I was younger my parents have brought me close to Mayan communities here in Mexico. I have continued this tradition now with my university, as we go every year to indigenous communities in the south of Mexico, in a miraculous place called Chiapas.

I see myself as a person who enjoys life and somebody who would like to work for the service of others, as I mentioned before. I also feel am an innate writer. When I sense that I need to connect with my own soul, I write. When I feel very happy or very sad, this is when I write. Or when I consider I have a great idea or when there is something that I need to let out, need to shout to the world, I write.

I see my community as a peaceful country. I live in a town called Metepec, but I often feel my “small community” is my country. I love Mexico; I feel is a place full of colours, culture and happiness. At least this is the place I know I grew up in. It fills me with sadness knowing that from some months until today, this image is changing. And it is going down, non-stop.

I would like to see "my Mexico" as the place I remember, the place where I was born and the place that my grandmother describes with passion and joy.

The world for me is one community. Personally, it doesn’t matter where we live, where we come from, the God we believe in or the colour of our skin, we all belong to the same planet and … we all are PEOPLE!

I believe that as a correspondent from Voices of our Future I will be a part of a great community, where we all share the same passion: representing people who might not have an opportunity to speak for themselves and accessing their own right to be heard.

I can think of so many people who they would like to speak but they do not know how to do it in an effective way. I can think from the kids that live in the streets and that cannot go to school because they have to work in order to bring money to their families, to the indigenous woman who cannot earn a decent life with the little money she gets from all of the work she does in her handmade art crafts. Or from the journalist who spends all his/her life writing stories but would like to tell her own, to the marvellous housewife that has a lot to say, but does not know how.

I would like to finish this post with a quote I read, to one that I feel connected with and that I know some of you will as well.

“I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world.” (Henry R. Luce)

Thank you!

(Andrea Arzaba, October 2010)



alia's picture

sweety Andrea , you would be

Sweety Andrea , you would be a great writer iam sure of that , you inspired me alot .Your writing is like a part of your soul and i love this thing so much ( we are the same in manytings )

I would see you so shining in the next five years ,and i would be proud of you so much as i do now.

Your smile would make thr change happens and would give you the password to people hearts.

My love
Your friend Alia

Andrea Arzaba's picture


My dear Alia, do you have an email address or a twitter acount so we could stay in touch?

Much luv,


Andrea Arzaba's picture


My dear!

It fills me with joy to know that I have inspired you!
What do you feel we are alike? I would love to know!

Thank you for your worlds my sister! They mean the world to me =)

A big hug from Mexico,


harinees's picture



Thanks for sharing your vision for Mexico. Just came back from vacation there, and it is amazing how your country has built safe cocoons for tourists despite some of the recent problems. Very well said, we are all people. I wish you all the best for what you want to achieve in representing marginalized people. Good post!

Farona's picture

Such a breathtakingly

Such a breathtakingly beautiful post - I can notice the repetition of 'culture' and 'community' in your post and feel how much both means to you.
It's so easy for me to connect with your posts !

Gracias sister !

Andrea Arzaba's picture


Your words def. keep me going!
Thank you so much my "HERMANITA" !!!!!!

Ruun Abdi's picture

Dear Andrea, Your essay is so

Dear Andrea,

Your essay is so marvelous and am looking forward to read more from you.

And one more thing, you are a great writer.

Peace and love,

Andrea Arzaba's picture


My dear!!!!

Thank you for calling me a great writer
But I feel I am only learning still :)

Thank you for reading my post <3

Thank you for sharing an uplifting, colorful and inspiring story of your vision Andrea

All the best, keep up the great writing. Rhian

Andrea Arzaba's picture


:) I believe we all leave in beautiful and colorful places... we just need to let our spirit and our body connect with them, and in this way just WRITE!

Thank you

The Afrika way's picture

I love the quote....and you

I love the quote....and you have captured what you belief in so passionately...the world is one community, may we never abuse this blessing/gift.

All the best

Andrea Arzaba's picture

Thank you!

And you know what I love the most about our community?

The fact that it is so diverse! Full of colors, cultures and mixtures!

Yes, we should never abuse of this gift... and sometimes I wish everybody could understand this concept...

Thank you for your comment!

Ladybug's picture

Reflection on "My Writing Spark"

Reading your piece, Andrea, it's clear that writing continues to play an instrumental role in your self-expression and represents a powerful gift which can be channeled to grant others a voice.

Being Mexican-American, I was deeply moved by the following phrase: "I would like to see 'my Mexico' as the place I remember, the place where I was born and the place that my grandmother describes with passion and joy." Given the recent violence and destruction, your heartfelt vision for Mexico's future is truly inspiring.

Keep up the great work!


Andrea Arzaba's picture


My dear Cat!

Thank u for your words!
I know what you say, and really most of the people around me LOVE the country where they live in and feel a GREAT SADNESS of what is happening to it with all of this just feels very bad, as some years ago it wasn't like this...

...but as I said we do not lose hope, because when hope is lost, there's nothing left!

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