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Clarity to the disillusioned

Disillusioned, unsatisfied and dangerously veering towards cynicism – that was me – a couple of months ago. I never considered myself a journalist, I have been more of a story-teller, or so I would like to believe. In the last six years as one I often faced a singular challenge – to write a report, because I can’t write one. I confess. I write stories, of people who are affected, who battle with poor choices made for them by authorities, those who fight out against discrimination, who fight for their right to have a sustainable city. Every issue is personal – or at least it is personal for those who share it with me.
As years passed by I was growing impatient with the manner in which one is “expected to report”. I believe, I had (still have) the best “stories”, yet the space for them was shrinking. Mainstream media gets easily bored – and with advertisers dictating terms it’s not easy to write about marginalised groups, issues that the community is grappling within the city.
World Pulse’s “Voice of Our Future” application call landed in my inbox as a forward. A dear friend who works for the right of sexual minorities, who knew my growing impatience with mainstream media, in particular my ex-workplace, sent it to me.
Motivation levels had nose dived by then, mechanically followed the link that led me to the World Pulse site, I got hooked. It was an eye-opener, so many stories were being shared. Yet, I avoided filling in the application till the very last day. I gave in because a part of me wants to share all those stories that people share with me with a larger audience. A part of me still believes that people want to hear, read, and know; and that they aren’t part of a ‘target market-driven group’.
I was drifting.
But, at World Pulse I realised there was a platform to share those ‘unwanted, hard-hitting’ stories. Simple at times, but always unique, in a manner that only life can be. And ever since I joined, I have this ray of hope that here the stories would be welcome. I am, but, the messenger.
I have a direction now.

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rukamanqui's picture

Yay!

I'm glad World Pulse has been so inspiring for you. Please continue to write and tell stories that must be told! So many people need to hear them; so many people need you!

Hugs and encouragement

Natalie

VC's picture

Thanks :)

Thanks a lot Natalie ...

Vaishalli Chandra

“I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Rita Raj's picture

You are making a difference

Each personal story you have shared makes a difference, sometimes we are just not part of the change.

VC's picture

Thanks :)

I hope so, Rita.

Vaishalli Chandra

“I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Stella Paul's picture

A big hug!

You have no idea how glad I am to read these words and to know that you are finally here! From the moment we met, I have sensed this strong woman in you who has the courage to criticize those who violate her rights and the courage to reject the trash that others throw at her, in the name of rules and process.

Now, to know that you are bouncing back with that amazing strength within you, is so great! Whether or not, VOF has a place for you ( after all there are only 30 places) ,please don't lose this new woman! There will be many more opportunities like this and you will get to know of this right in this forum.(Thats what I have promised myself - to never return to the dark tunnel of frustration and self pity). Every dog has its day.There is no reason, why a sincere watchdog can't have a day either!

All my love, wishes and prayer

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

VC's picture

Hugs to you

I'm glad too to be here. I didn't know you could see all that :) but yes time to get back. And thank you for all the wishes Stella, you are right VOF has inspired me and I think that is great, need to keep that momentum going.

:)

Vaishalli Chandra

“I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Adepeju's picture

Message of hope!

Good job VC!There are no advertisers terms dictating our stories here. We say it as it is, as we want, and work with others in our quest for change...we are but messengers :-)

VC's picture

:)

Thanks Adepeju!

Vaishalli Chandra

“I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

faridaY's picture

home

VC, I am glad you have found a place to tell your stories. keep it up.

fem4femmes's picture

Messenger needed!

Dear Vaishalli-

I am so thankful that you are here and that WorldPulse has, hopefully, veered you away from the always looming cynicism and disillusionment!! You, as the messenger, are critical for those women and other marginalized individuals with no voice of their own!! Thank you for offering a voice for those with none!!

Light and realized dreams to you today!!

marissa

"I am the flicker, flame, butterfly ablaze who wants to fly in search of mythical rainbows beyond the rain." ~ Ana Castillo

sarahmol's picture

So glad you eventually

So glad you eventually decided to apply and get your story heard!

"Simple at times, but always unique, in a manner that only life can be"

-so very true. Since learning about World Pulse I am too amazed at the amazing and unique stories of women around the world. Simple stories in sometimes such complex contexts.

Keep on writing and sharing with us.

-Sarah

foxyhedgehog's picture

New Hope

I agree with everyone that it's wonderful you found World Pulse and that it gave you a light in the darkness, and a way forward away from cynicism. It's hard to keep spirits up in a media-driven world that seems determined to stay away from the hard and true stories. I depend on women like you to tell those stories and show us all the world that is, in all its difficulty but also hopefulness. Continue to share your story and the stories that you are a messenger for!

Rebecca Lerner's picture

Honesty

VC,

Thank you for your honesty in sharing the obstacles and frustrations you encountered as a journalist working to bring important stories to the public but stifled by editors and advertisers who didn't believe their readership would want to hear about marginalized people or serious problems. It was fortuitous that you came to World Pulse, both for you and for us. We need experienced, skilled reporters like you to tell us the important stories the mainstream media is ignoring. I am curious to know a bit more about what kinds of stories you have had difficulty getting out there in the world due to editors or advertisers.

Glad your passion is back! You're a good storyteller.

Keep up the good work!

All the best,

Rebecca

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