What better time than at the very beginning of a new decade should we dare to believe in a perfect world? What better time than now should we decide that poverty, disease, greed, and suffering are not inevitable? What better person than you to heal the world?
DARE TO BELIEVE
WORK TO ACHIEVE
Ten years from now, I'd like to look back and not see War. I'd like to look back and not see famine, Genocide, and destruction. (I always capitalize War and Genocide so as not to diminish their importance.)
Who are our believers? Who are our achievers? We are here. We are the women of the world who have had enough. That is why I am here. I have had enough.
On the one hand, I don’t want to win this contest. Although I know it will elevate me, I recognize that for many women, this may be their only chance to escape their situation and to shed light on atrocities in their communities. I would feel horrible if my victory meant tragedy for another. On the other hand, I know I have so much to offer that I feel it is a sin for me to continue to remain silent. I try as best I can to promote “one race, one place – humans on earth”, but the reality is that life on Earth is harder than it has to be for more than 92% of the world's population.
So here I am. As an intelligent, educated, healthy Black woman, I have a duty stand up for those who can't stand for themselves. My highest skill is designing weapons. My voice is heard, but I don't like what it says. My hope is that I will inspire many of you to fulfill your dreams and surpass me. As I tell the children I work with, “You all have my permission to do great things.”
I am only a click away, and though we are competitors, we are all winners. That is my personal vision.
Take action! This post was submitted in response to Voices of Our Future Application: Your Journey and Vision.