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The Fear of Change

A few months ago I was looking for information connected to women rights. I was not informed about this matter. Surfing through the internet I found many organizations dealing with women rights and gender equality. The power and strength of women all around the world had a great influence on me. I wanted to join. Then I found the WORLD PULSE site. I liked the whole idea of the site. It was interesting to read the stories and articles of women across the world.
I noticed the call for the “Voice of Our Future Correspondent”. The idea of raising my voice in this community made me join. Then my journey started. For the first time I wrote an article. I was scared of the reactions of the members to my assignment. Because of my insecurity I was thinking about quitting the whole project. But something made me go on. “I accepted the fear as part of my life, above all the fear of change... I walk ahead, although my heart beats and says: “Come back”(Words of Erica Jong).

The “Week Two Assignment” was in my inbox. There were so many things I wanted to write about. I posted my assignment. I received so many encouraging E-mails. I was crying of happiness. My voice was heard. I knew that this journey would be pleasant, but I did not know it would be filled with positive and powerful feelings. I was inspired by the stories of other women. They gave me strength to struggle to make the women of Serbia raise their voices. I wanted to inspired them to write and to share their experiences.

If we do not speak up for ourselves no one will know that we even exist. My dream is to encourage the women of my country to connect with the World Pulse which would provide them a network of women across the world. Through this site they can get a platform to exchange their stories, as well as all sorts of information. As I said already, I recognized the WORLD PULSE as a gate for a journey without visas.

Comments

Stella Paul's picture

How beautiful

Dear Dubravka

There is so much honesty in your article, anyone who reads it will feel a strong urge to become your friend and discuss a lot. That quality is a foundation to build a strong movement you know - where people can trust you and like you personally.

I wish that you go far in your pursuit to make women open up, speak and be strong. Love!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Duda's picture

Dear Stella,

you always have such encouraging words. Thank you very much. You make me happy.
Best wishes,
Dubravka

Adepeju's picture

Dear friend

I'm happy that you overcame your initial fear of change. It takes courage to participate in VOF that is why we, all the applicants, are all winners. I admire your vision for the Serbian women and i look forward to reading more about them from you on World Pulse. Cheers!

Duda's picture

Dear Adepeju,

Yes, we are all winners. I received, from all of you, more positive words that I could imagine.
Thank you.
Best wishes,
Dubravka

usha kc's picture

Dear Dubravka,, I loved your

Dear Dubravka,, I loved your article . crystal like clear and expressed by heart,,
good wishes sis.

Duda's picture

Dear Usha,

You make me happy. I wish you the best.
Dubravka

MaDube's picture

Simply put, yet earnestly

Simply put, yet earnestly expressed too. Al the best dear.

Duda's picture

Dear MaDube,

Thank you very much.
Best wishes,
Dubravka

Ify Onyegbule's picture

Emotional piece

Dear,

Its time to join hands and work...the crying is over....i wish you the best!

Ify

Duda's picture

Dear Ify,

every singl word means alot to me.
Thank you.
Best wishes,
Dubravka

joyacomeaux's picture

Serbia

Dear Dubravka,

It is so nice to know that you found what you were looking for in your Internet Search.

This is so encouraging for all women, but for me, it is so great to be connected with you in Serbia.

I am so interested to hear more about women's points of view and voices of hope and wisdom.

We have not had that opportunity before, and now we do, via WorldPulse.com.

love,
joya

Duda's picture

Dear Joya,

for a very long time word Serbia has been a bad synonim for many people. It is nice to hear that it is not anymore.
Thank you,
Best wishes,
Dubravka

amiesissoho's picture

Across borders

Yes, the fear of being a loner is overcome on World Pulse. Support and encouragement are key and make the journey of finding your voice pleasant.

Amie

sallyreb's picture

Your voice was heard!

Hi Dubravka,

Yes your voice has been heard! I am so glad you were brave, took a chance and wrote an article for Voices of Our Future. I hope you continue to raise your voice and speak up and speak out.

Another Erica Jong quote, "If you don't risk anything, you risk even more."

All the best,
Sally

Sally Peters
~*~*~*~*~
Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest. ~ Georgia O’Keeffe
~*~*~*~*~

Duda's picture

Dear Sally,

thank you for your encouraging words. Yes, I will continue to write.
Best wishes,
Dubravka

viochan's picture

Great post

Hi Dubravka,
Never be discouraged by what others say - let your voice be heard and help those around you be heard as well. I loved your post. It is inspiring to hear that despite your fears, you are continuing on this journey.

All the best to you,

Violeta

Duda's picture

Dear Violeta,

thank you. Your words mean a lot to me.
Best wishes,
Dubravka

elizabech's picture

Great job

I love your honesty! This kind of honesty makes other women empowered to tell their story, knowing that someone else has the same fears, passions, history as others. Please keep up the great work of sharing your story and empowering women everywhere!

Liz

Duda's picture

Dear Liz,

I will try to keep up with my story and empowering women. Women need to be empower.
Thank you.
Best wishes,
Dubravka

WILDKat's picture

Gateways and breakthroughs

As you have recognized the WORLD PULSE as a gate for a journey without visas, I recognize you as a voice of curiosity, courage, and conviction. Your willingness to step through your fear and step up your own explorations of what is now possible in your life, family, and community inspire me to read further and support you and all women in being the most empowered women on Earth in this moment. This is change I can believe in. Are you an emerging woman leader I can also believe in?

Naturally grateful,
Kat Haber

"Know thyself." ~ Plato

Duda's picture

Dear Kat, I am moved by the

Dear Kat,

I am moved by the whole concept of the World Pulse site. I struggled to begin, and when I finally managed that, I wrote my first assignment. It is difficult to write well without motivation. I know that this is the right thing for me. Only with genuine power and believing in myself I can go on.

Best wishes,
Dubravka

WILDKat's picture

Moved

Your voice comes through authentically in your writing. I listen eagerly for more of your story and imaginings.

Naturally grateful,
Kat Haber

"Know thyself." ~ Plato

Duda's picture

Why I wanted to be a part of VOF?

Dear Kat,

As a woman and the person who has been living in a conflict zone for more than 15 years I found great pleasure in joining the World Pulse community. This is a great opportunity for me to make a significant contribution in the field I am specially interested in, the women rights. Having read the call for VOF correspondent I am now confident in my ability to carry out the task to a high standard. I want to make the women of Serbia raise their voices. I want to inspire them to write and to share their experiences. I want to push the boundaries and fight against prejudice. I want to show the beauties of my people and my country.
Out of the relationship with Mentor and Midwife I hope to get technical skills connected to new media. I would like to get an inspiration to question my believes, to get help for developing my potential, to think in a strategic and proactive way. Most of all I hope to maintain good relationship between us three.

Best wishes,
Dubravka.

SlavicMuse's picture

Свака част!

It was a pleasure to read this. Living in Serbia now for 2 years I can see and completely understand where you are coming from. Here it seems either women manage to find some low-paying job (unless they are full of connections) or become a product of Pink! or Grand that they aren't women anymore - they are just molds...robots. Fake in all aspects it seems. Maybe this is the outsider looking in view I have. I do love how strong women here still manage to be women and not take on the traditional "feminist/femme-nazi" motif and lack of appreciating being a woman.

I love what you are trying to do!!

Браво!
Kiki

Duda's picture

Dear Kiki,

it is nice to hear that you saw the real beauty of Serbian women.
Lepo je čuti da ste Vi, za tako kratko vreme, (2 god.), uvideli pravu lepotu srbskih žena.
Žalosno je što to nisu uvidele sve one devojke koje su rođene u Srbiji i kojima je jedino cilj u životu izgledati kao pevačice sa "Grand"-a, "Pink"-a.

Thank you.
Best wishes,
Duda

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