Making A Way Through the Barriers and Challenges
Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. " (The Lord of the rings: Fellowship of the ring 2011)
Moaning and groaning about what we have and what we don’t would not necessarily bring any solution. All we need here is our courage in facing situations and myriads of challenges that await us.
For me it’s always the dilemma and low self-esteem that overpower my willingness in taking steps. However with the companionship of courage and determination when I do step forward I face attackers who put their grotesque faces to mock me. It is not again easy to find right place and people as guides. Once you find them the fear that arises is whether they would support you or would turn back just because you are a student. Above all the thing that frustrates me the most is the unsupportive attitude of people you fight for. Therefore, yes just like myriads I too experience steps of difficulties. Nevertheless I believe these should not be barrier as men today willingly embrace death only to speak their rights, conquered the highest peak, and explored the deep ocean just to quench their thirst of curiosity. Therefore it is not for us to step back but face challenges ahead.
One of my first approaches to overcome challenges is getting enlightened by education that involves learning and critical thinking. These would help build free thinkers who represent the broaden minds. With broaden minds people would be more open to ideas which would ultimately lead to the empowerment of people and the society.
One of my other approaches is networking that includes networking through writing, media, journalism, art, communication, and internet. Networking introduces us to myriads of people. These people being the huge support encourage us on various aspects, share their views and opinions, and help us overcome our fear and challenges. So far one of the biggest opportunities I got is my internship with the oasis team. There I got to know new people, learn new issues and empower women on maternal and child health issues. Again my university gave me the chance to participate as a teacher at a local school for underprivileged students. And finally being a member of world pulse I am able to connect with the vast community of freethinkers and powerful minds.
Online communities such as pulsewire, flickr, facbook or tweeter are providing their support to millions by connecting them throughout the world. Being the part of these communities help me explore different people and organizations. Being in another part of the world I too can vote against the breast ironing custom on Cameroon. Today WFP emails me the news of hungry people on the horn of Africa and then give me the opportunity to show my gratitude to the teacher who is struggling relentlessly to empower her students.