I’m going to be honest with everyone. I didn't really know what World Pulse was all about or that there were millions of women out there who were suffering inequality, prejudice, and injustice. No, scratch that. Ofcourse I knew that there were things like that happening to women but I just didn’t know to what extent. I haven’t had any real knowledge as to what was happening to women from all over the world and then World Pulse came into my life. I felt kind of intimidated at first because I didn't really know anything about this community. You are all established women from all over the world who had a purpose. I can’t even begin to compare myself.
I’ve realized that these women came from different countries and they all have a purpose, a meaning as to why they are here. Why am I here? I don’t know anything. That’s true. But I can learn. I know that I’m still young to understand all the complexities in this world but I hope that that this can work to my advantage. After all, the younger I start the longer I’ll be able to help serve women from all over the world. I've heard about all the different women who inspired change and just recently this morning, I was reading a book by Paulo Coelho titled Like the Flowing River and I was inspired by his speech for Shirin Ebadi. Here are snippets of what he wrote:
To the woman who understood her task.
To the woman who looked at the road ahead of her, and knew that hers would be a difficult journey.
To the woman who did not attempt to make light of those difficulties, but, on the contrary,
spoke out against them and made them clearly visible.
To the woman who made the lonely less alone, who fed those who hungered and thirsted for justice,
who made the oppressor, feel as bad as those he oppressed.
To the woman who always keeps her door open, her hands working, her feet moving.
…may she be each and every one of us, may her example spread,
may she still have many difficult days ahead, so that she can complete her work, so that,
for the generations to come, the meaning of ‘injustice’ will be found only in dictionary
definitions and never in the lives of human beings.
And may she travel slowly, because her pace is the pace of change, real change, always takes a very long time.
This speech gave me a renewed meaning as to why I am here. It doesn't matter anymore how I got here or why I decided to join because now I know why I’m here. I’m here to help millions of women out there who needs my help and together with the World Pulse community, I can make this a reality. We can all make this a reality. The road ahead may be a difficult journey but we will all get there eventually.
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