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Introducing myself and my journal: Becoming Woman

About Me:
I was raised to respect my elders, not talk back, listen to my parents wishes and obey. My mother raised me this way because her mother raised her that way and so did her mother before her. It seems that as I got older I realized that I did not have a voice. The voice that was coming through my parted lips was that of my mother, her mother and so on. I wasn't raised to have an opinion. I was suddenly in a dilemma. Did I actually posses an opinion, individual thought or was I a sheep walking through life following the back end of some other drone raised to do the same thing?

As I got older I realized that I did have SOME opinions. Being a rape survivor I was adamant about a womans right to choose, I knew there was a God and I knew that I looked at the world differently than my mother. It has taken me several years to add to this list and to accept that it is OK for me to value my own thoughts and ideas. I think I value others opinions more now as well. I like to take in all forms of others truths without judgment or agenda. I respect that we all have individual life experiences therefore different views on what this life is about. I celebrate those differences and applaud life experience.

I always say that my 20's were my learning decade, my 30's were when I put those lessons into practice and my 40's are a time when I can relax into all of the hard work I did in my 20's and 30's. I will always be on a path to better myself and I look forward to the journey.

My Passions:
Riding horses, photography, my husband, painting

My Challenges:
My health (Lupus)

My Vision for the Future:
I want a child

My Areas of Expertise:
Motion picture development

Comments

LauraB's picture

Welcome to PulseWire

So nice to hear your voice and your story. I know that many women will relate and find connection and empowerment from your honesty and clarity. PulseWire can provide you with a forum for your ever-strengthening, clear voice.

Did you know that there are many groups to join here at PulseWire? It's a great way to connect with women about
important issues to you.
http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups

We're so glad you are here!
I'm a fellow Portlander that feels so glad you to have found this wide forum for global issues. Welcome from another PDX woman!

Best,

Laura
Volunteer at PulseWire

aliĝngix's picture

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I'm glad you found your strength. It is the true nature of us that cannot not be broken. Oh, it can be oppressed, broken down, but in the end, they is you. I'm glad you wrote this. It makes me feel a little bit stronger.

JaniceW's picture

Welcome

I am so thrilled that you found us and are now a part of our online community. You will find inspiring women just like you who have courageously confronted the inner conflict that has arisen from the difficult environment they found themselves in. I encourage you to reach out to other members, or start a dialogue by commenting on another journal entry.

As women, we are often taught to be silent and invisible yet when we are given a voice, amazing things happen. On PulseWire, you will find women who have dared to speak out and are making connections crossing oceans, continents, and cultural barriers to change the way we live. Voices, such as your own, have transformed lives just by sharing their experiences and thoughts. Here, you can never speak too loudly or say too much. Your words ring out and bring ideas to life, and in standing up for what you believe, you can empower others who have been hesitant to speak.

You are now a member of this vibrant community and I look forward to reading more about your passions, ideas, concerns and dreams. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience. Again, welcome.
Janice
PulseWire Community Director

Kagwii's picture

Welcome to PulseWire

Just to add to my colleagues voice, welcome and we trust you find PulseWire a really fulfilling community in every aspect.

Best Wishes,
Purity
Pulsewire Volunteer

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