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Let me clear my throat

I first found out about World Pulse through Her Zimbabwe and thought, this looks interesting let me find out more. When I did look into it, I was excited to tap into a global community that was verbalising so many issues that affect our societies today.

There are so many things that we see daily and turn a blind eye towards, even as our hearts bleed and break. The friend with the constant black eye…The lady from down the street who used to walk so proudly, her head held high, now shuffling and downcast…Your cousin who married a 13 year-old. Your aunt who has nine children (all daughters) but is pregnant again, frail as she is. Desperate for a son, the heir her husband wants...The rape of the neighbour’s daughter, innocence lost at age five…The whispers about the school head who says obviously those boys are lying, out to ruin his ‘good’ name.

It’s not our business it seems…oh, but it is. Every one of plays a part in what’s wrong with the world today. We need to stop accepting mediocrity in our families and communities; pretending that all is well.

I realised that I am no longer content to merely watch the world go by. To accept what is, even though it shouldn’t be. We are all activists in our own right, but are we making the choice to bring about positive change. It’s not somebody/everybody else’s problem. It’s our s too.

Having worked in the humanitarian sector for several years, I am able to highlight issues and bring about some positive changes through my work, but of course in a voice that is not my own. Like many others, I have been often been hesitant to use my voice, scared that my words would be judged and deemed unworthy. I have often poured my heart out, venting my frustrations, on the computer screen and on paper. And it felt so good. But what has happened to those words...Delete button and the bin…Wasted and impotent.

We hesitate to put ourselves out there because we are afraid of being vulnerable. Many times we seek the approval of others to validate ourselves, but when you commit to expressing yourself; you take ownership of your feelings, your ideas. You acknowledge that you do not need anyone to allow you to speak, you stop holding yourself back, you are no longer afraid. What you are really saying is ‘I am here, I matter, and I belong’. What I have to say may not be particularly profound but I choose to speak and I deserve to be heard.

I have always wanted to write and have always believed that our thoughts have potential, but once they become words, spoken or written, they either become a gift or a curse to the world. As such they must be chosen wisely and used effectively.

Individual voice? Powerful.

Collective voice? Explosive and world changing.

Permission to speak?...Granted.

Comments

paulinewanja's picture

You write well

You write well and you should definitely write more. Times we worry that we will care too much yet we have very little to offer to that girl we becomes a mother at 13,that girl who raped at five

Precious M's picture

Open Eye

Keep an open eye, speak and let your words be a gift.
I enjoyed your writing.

Best regards,
Precious

My pen speaks

Aminah's picture

wonderful and inspiring

Dear lintajonhera
You have done a wonderful job of vocalizing the thoughts that run through most of our minds.
We feel vulnerable to be judged.

But I guess, many of us do not have it in us to not care about absurdity when we witness it. We might suffer in silence. But if we find out someone else is suffering we naturally help, want to help.
So yes, we have to vocalize, we have to express. Whether in our own names or using a pen name.
What matters is that we talk about it and bring it to the notice of the community.

Regards
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

Cassady's picture

Strong writing, and strong words

Your piece is very moving. It does an excellent job of illustrating what so many of us are thinking, yet are unable to articulate for a number of reasons. Your writing is very personal and yet it resonates with the reader at the same time, almost daring us to take action and speak out, the way that you have.

Keep on writing!!

Cassady

‘I am here, I matter, and I belong’. Thank you for these words. Thank you for your beautiful post. Your words have resonated deeply with me and I feel encouraged by what you've shared - encouraged to be more courageous, to speak out against injustice with my own voice without the fear of judgement, and to be bold in my ambition to make the world a better place. Your post brings to light the great force we would be should we each believe in the 'I am here, I matter, and I belong’ instead of succumbing to the false belief that we need others' approval and permission to be heard.

Thank you again and again for sharing. Your writing is an inspiration!! Keep up the great work!

Best wishes,

Emily

Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

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