Have you ever come across something that seems so perfect for you that you can't even articulate why you want it? This is the challenge that faces me as I write this last assignment.
I feel selfish for wanting it. I feel shameful for thinking I really may have a chance. Whenever I try to back away from it, however, my Spirit cries out "No!".
My story is in no way as harrowing as those of the women in Afghanistan who self-immolate simply to escape from their desperate situation. Nor is it as harrowing as the women of the DR Congo who have been so severely raped they need colostomy bags for the rest of their lives. My parents didn't want to abort me simply because they discovered I was female. My life, in comparison to millions of other women, has been quite a blessing.
What, I believe, I can contribute is simple: my heart and my voice. They're my strength and the tool I will utilize to make my vision a reality.
As I mentioned before I have a business: TeeRevolutionary. I sell t-shirts with my designs of my revolutionary heroes and donate 10% to one of five causes. The customer chooses which cause to donate to (Women for Women International is one of them). It's based on the principle that the T-shirt is a ubiquitous article of clothing worn at some point by just about everyone. I want to feature not only those iconic figures most closely associated with the term "Revolutionary" but also other fearless individuals who risked and continue to risk their lives for peace, equality, freedom and justice that are lesser known.
TeeRevolutionary ultimately is a business that will celebrate the courage within us all to create a change in our world for the better. World Pulse is a testament to these "revolutionaries" who work tirelessly and courageously every day.
I view it as an immense honor to help spread the word of these individuals. They inspire me beyond words to do better in whatever task is at hand and to view the world more humanely. Being a Voice of the Future correspondent will enable me to develop my skills to articulate these stories through training and garner the confidence to do so forcefully from the mentorship. I am moved to tears by these stories and believe everyone else should too.
I started doing simple videos to this effect but stopped because I doubted my ability to report accurately on an issue. I have no journalistic expertise. I'm currently working on a piece regarding the beginning of the Syrian Revolution that focuses on the boys who spray painted slogans on the side of the building and the 13-yr old boy Hamza al-Khatib who was brutally tortured and murdered. I want to make the point that the parents of Hamza did the same thing as the mother of Emmett Till - let the world see what was done to their child thereby galvanizing thousands to protest.
Here is the first video I did talking about Kimberely Motley: http://ow.ly/kvdzc
As my business grows so too will my opportunities grow to impact the world for the better. I hope to, one day, see a movement of political expression of words, music and art emerge because of my business that empowers every person who encounters it.
I've had a dream for a long time that if I should come across a lot of money I would invest in the education of girls. As you documented, the higher the number of girls that are educated in a country, the better that country does overall. I have long dreamt of helping to increase the access to education for girls (and women) and to increase their political literacy and capability to lead. I ultimately want to see more women in government.
Even if I'm not chosen, I'm truly thankful for the experience of writing the journal entries. I'm definitely better for it. Thank you, World Pulse.
I end this last assignment with a quote from the film "Zero Dark Thirty":
CIA Director: "What do you think of the girl?"
Assistant: "She's smart."
CIA Director: Rolls eyes. "We're all smart."