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My Vision, My Voice

Some people are born with a clear vision of their paths in life. Others acquire this vision at some point before the full attainment of adulthood. I was born without knowing what I wanted, I grew up faith-ing in a higher divinity to steer my course in life. Even now, I still do not know what, who and where I aspire to be years from now, but it’s fine. I have learnt to take one positive step at a time and to make the most of every opportunity.

And while I may not necessarily see a clear vision for myself, I can see one for the world. I see a world where the MDGs are being achieved. I hope for a world that gives women equal rights and choices. For the MDGs to be achieved I see a need for population control in population-dense countries like Nigeria and India. Taking my own little step towards addressing this issue, at the end of October I shall be in Geneva pitching to a panel of experts an idea that uses mobile technology to empower rural women with fertility tracking methods so as to equip them with the ability to make informed and inexpensive reproductive choices. And my vision for myself? Continuing to seek opportunities to move my vision for the world forward, with Voices of our Future playing an important role.

Being a Voices of our Future Correspondent means that I will hone my skills to speak on behalf of the marginalized, on behalf of those who are afraid to speak, and on behalf of those who as yet do not know that they have a voice. Being a VOF Correspondent would mean the opportunity and platform to campaign for women and development in general. World Pulse will be bestowing me with life-skills and virtual powers to turn my visions of the world from mere visions to an engulfing reality.


Hiba's picture

Dear Athena, I enjoyed

Dear Athena,

I enjoyed reading your post. I hope you realize your vision for the world.


Athena's picture

Thank you Hiba! I hope we all

Thank you Hiba! I hope we all achieve our visions and more.

ChelseaPeil's picture

One clear idea

Great work and peace with your path. I think you are taking golden steps in the right direction towards a clear vision. This is good hard work to do, thanks for the inspiration.


Chelsea Peil

char_lm146's picture

Moving forward one step at a time

Hello Athena,
Mainly just wanted to say I'm impressed that you have come up with what seems like a pretty original idea and that you are taking positive steps to try and make it happen, congratulations!! :) I also have to empathize somewhat with the not knowing exactly what you want to be doing in life, having just left university I find myself at a cross road unsure as to what the future holds, but I too know that I want to make a positive impact on the world. So in this I am right behind you, however it seems you are at least one step ahead so basically I wish you all the best and I hope that in the future you find yourself exactly where you want to be, however to be fair it seems as though you are already on the right path...

All the best once again,

Athena's picture

To ChelseaPeil

Thank you for reading and for posting words of encouragement, these are what keep me moving.

Athena's picture

Kindred Spirit

char_lm146 it's good to know that I am not the only one groping in the dark. But we will both be fine. I have learned to solicit and grab every opportunity that speaks to me, and so should you. Thank you for your words, they mean a lot!

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