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I Long To Be

Over the years I have found myself drifting from wanting to be a doctor, a traffic warden a teacher, I could go on and on. However, one thing that remained constant was my quest for freedom and the passions, which rumbled within me about how to solve the world’s problems.

Despite all my education and professional experiences, it is only in recent times I have learnt to overcome pain, hate, and a lot of negative energy that has stopped me from taking my first few steps.

I visualize myself in the future being a prominent change maker. For several years I have felt like an underachiever and have increasingly felt a void in my heart even as I write these words down I feel empty.

Despite having so many developmental goals both personal and communal, I feel I have only achieved personal development which dies with me when I am gone.

Therefore, I would like to be remembered, as the woman who made education available for all girls especially girls in the rural communities who have been abandoned due to life's challenges that fail to see that all humans are imperfect beings. I pray to see the impossibility of today as a future possibility.

Furthermore, I believe that in the years to come my community will be a model, where both men and women can express themselves freely but with respect for the opposite sex. I see women walking and talking confidently with their heads high due to the decisions they have taken in life. I see a better place where men support the progress of the women in their lives and vice versa and where people’s mistakes do not determine their future.

I would like to be a correspondent for voices of the future because; I believe I can be used as a change vessel in making voices heard and also creating an impact not just in my community but the world as a whole. In addition I believe that through my contributions, I will pick up a lot of knowledge and skill and be able share what I have picked up with those around me.

Furthermore, being a correspondent, will enable me express the issues going on in my community and hopefully in time, coerce those in authority to start paying attention to the most important aspects, which affect young girls lives.

In addition, being part of this team will expand my networks due to information flow. I will also enable me to meet people who have long-term experience in similar situations who will serve as guides to me and also show my community and I the best way possible in making people listen to the voices of girls.

More also the skills acquired as a correspondence, will help boost my confidence and negotiation tactics to be able to approach the people in authority and further promote my cause.


Tait's picture

Fatima, I too am like you in


I too am like you in the way that I have so many different interest. Your journal was great. I like how drifting does not stop you from focusing and taking action on one of your passions. Keep moving forward with your passions and I look forward to reading more about your passions!

Emily Garcia's picture

Thank you

Dear Fatima,

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful vision as well as your personal story. Your post really struck a chord with my own experience. I like you have wanted to do so much, to work in the community and to help others, but I also have struggled with confidence. I get to feeling overwhelmed by failure when I think of all the education and opportunities I have had in life and yet how little I have moved toward owning and following my passions. It really makes me stop and think when you say, "I feel I have only achieved personal development which dies with me when I am gone." Such a statement puts things in perspective, and makes me realize how my own personal "success" or "failure" really isn't the point in the end. Even the thought of letting go of that mistaken belief is liberating! Great job on taking those first steps away from negativity and toward your decidedly bright future in service of others. And thank you for motivating me to attempt the same.

Best wishes,

Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

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