Starting from a woman to reach for the world
Life, community and the world are far more interconnected and interdependent than we believe. At every stage, indeed, individual attitudes and choices have the power to influence the others. This is why, being harmony and justice my visions and dreams for the world, I am well aware that they are to be the leading principles in my own life first.
The picture I can see when thinking of my future is dramatically double faced, though: hope to achieve my dreams of fullness on one hand, the fear I will not succeed on the other. I am scared not to reach the emotional balance I deem every woman should have, for that is where wisdom has its place. How will I convey a positive message if I do not succeed in “turning myself into the message I want to give”?
These questions, doubts and fears often cross my mind. That is when I feel I need to stop and take a breath, saying: the vision I have is what I really want, not just something I am ready to settle for. It is hard during our everyday life not to let things overtake us, and this is why we as women have a responsibility to take care our ourselves if we want to take care of others. And I am ready. My vision for life is the vision I have for myself. I will convey it to people around me, hoping it will help them, hoping it will serve as an inspiration to them.
My life will therefore influence my community and, hopefully, my community will concretely be a “change-making” model for the world to see.
Barriers are huge, still, and I know. Harmony is such a beautiful word, but what does it take for us to achieve it? How can we overcome difference and distance and make it happen?
Communication, negotiation, doing some soul searching, interacting, including the other. To me, these are the key points.
This convincement has grown strong since I decided to join Voices of Our Future and World Pulse. I am feeling a change coming from deep within me, exactly where it was supposed to start from: my very self. I feel it when I talk to people, I feel it when I walk around, I feel it when I hear new stories. It is amazing and astonishing to notice that the change I wanted to bring has finally come to bring a change inside of me!
That is what Voices of Our Future is about: its power is to get us talking to our souls, to listen to that soft voice coming from somewhere in our heart, and then let it flow with unexpected strength.
Being a Voices of Our Future correspondent will booster my self confidence, and the possibility to have a mentor will improve my skills in writing and, above all, listening. Listening to other women’s stories with open heart, recognizing and dignifying them through my words, giving them a voice through mine. Freedom deals with responsibility and I feel I have one; therefore, the freedom I was gifted with will serve others who were reduced to silence against their will. Their unheard stories I will tell. Here I have re-discovered the importance of sharing, to step out of isolation, break the silence and give life a chance. Being a correspondent will show me how far I can get and how many people hope can reach. It sounds challenging: starting from a woman to reach for the world…history proved it possible in many cases, it is now time for us to make our part.
I must admit honestly my project to achieve my vision is not clear still, but as Donella Meadows used to say:
“My experience is, having now many times created a vision and then brought it, in some form, into being, is that I never know, at the beginning, how to get there. But as I articulate the vision and share it with people, the path reveals itself. And it would never reveal itself if I were not putting out the vision of what I really want and finding that other people really want it too”.