At 13 years old, I came to see the ugly truth that we all hurt each other. Women hurt men, men hurt women; women scar women. This realization dawned on me then as I walked the corridors of my school, steps careful, head bowed, unspeaking, fearful.

My story is the story of a million other girls, who at one point in time, was made to feel alone because they are not perfect - in my case, it's because I wasn't fair-skinned, my socks were not of the same length, my father does not have a car, and because I was named Purple. Being different then was a curse.

At a young age, I learned that words cut, and they could cut deep. I also learned however, that they save souls.

I started writing because it shatters silence. It allows oneself to be honest about what they think and feel. It lessens the pangs of solitude and helps see the promise of change by going on for one more day.

As years passed, after writing healed me, I started to write for others. I pursued journalism because giving breath into the pain and struggle of others heightens the need for changes in mindset, culture and perceptions.

And eventually, as I strip the layers of bigger, worse forms of division, apathy and inequality, I challenged the public through my pen, so to speak, to question structures, institutions, policies, in the hopes that people would mold reforms within the framework of humanity.

Our personal pains are a catalyst for changing the world. We take steps to make things better because while we share similar stories of hopelessness and tragedy, we believe that these would and could be eventually turned into stories of redemption and hope.

World Pulse gives us a platform for these stories. And more than just a platform, it is a force that pushes us to see how our connections, intertwined experiences and similar strengths could change lives.

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Hi Paulina, it's a joy to see people moved by my writing. Purple also happens to be the color of women and I'm thankful that I get to know people like you in World Pulse who advance female empowerment.

I saw womenchampiononline. It's a relevant, much-needed endeavor. I hope to hear your story too. Thanks and yes, let's keep in touch!

Purple S. Romero

Dear Purple,

Yours is a universal description for stunted girlhood: the mismatched socks, the embarrassment of family, the feelings if inferiority regarding looks. We all remember those feelings.

Your redemption came in the form of words. Your upturned the notion that words can harm by using them to empower. Your personal story resonates.

Your sister in the US,

Jan Askin

Jan Askin

Hi Jan,

Thank you very much for hearing the message of my story. When I read this line - "Your redemption came in the form of words" - it reminded me of why I started writing in the first place and on how important it is to help change lives through the power of the pen. I hope to talk to you more. Take care!

Sincerely, Purple

Purple S. Romero

Hi Tosin,

It does. It allows you to confront your demons, acknowledge your pains and celebrate your triumphs. May we all continue to write and with this, better our lives.

Sincerely, Purple

Purple S. Romero

Dear Purple:

I am moved by the line in your story which said, "Our personal pains are a catalyst for changing the world." You couldn't be any more correct. Our pains, struggles, challenges are there to give us perspective and to shape who we are to become. This reminds me of the beautiful poem by Robert Browning Hamilton:

“I walked a mile with Pleasure; She chatted all the way; But left me none the wiser For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow; And ne’er a word said she; But, oh! The things I learned from her, When Sorrow walked with me.”

― Robert Browning Hamilton

Keeping on, IamTruth

Hi IamTruth,

Your username reminds me of this line from Emily Dickinson:

“Truth is so rare, it is delightful to tell it.”

Our experiences shape our soul and guide us toward our purpose. It will be a joy to know your own story, struggles, your victories.

SIncerely, Purple

Purple S. Romero

Dear Purple, This is such a beautiful and evocative piece. Your courage and passion of writing, empowering and inspiring are shone through your writing. I am so impressed that at this young age you are not only aware of the worldly injustice and inequality and but also you have this enthusiastic spirit of revolutionary, so blessed to have you here. When i was your age, because of lack of condition in education and environment, i was just a running-nosed child, wallowing in the mud, and chasing cattle on the grassland until the tummy grumbles.

Keep it up, Love, Jampa

Hi Jampa,

You may not have been exposed to formal education at a young age, but the fact that you're here and you're trying to improve lives by connecting with other women in the world shows you've developed wisdom that is best taught by life alone.


Sincerely, Purple

Purple S. Romero

Hi, Purple.

It's my pleasure to meet a fellow Filipina who is brave with her pen and words. You have a very strong power in your voice. I will not be surprised to see you as one of the top journalists in the Philippines in the near future.

Spread your wings!

Best, Lia


Hi Lia,

Nice to see you here, kababayan! I hope our ideals and actions, not just our words, could help institutionalize reforms. Writing is my way of fighting the status quo, but I know you also have your own weapon. Padayon!

Sincerely, Purple

Purple S. Romero

I was deeply touched by your inspiring story and your style of writing.

You sure weathered the storms of hurt and pain and came out better for it. At different points in our lives, we all definitely find ourselves on that path as we move on in life. What is most important, however, is for us to dust ourselves and move on. It is the only way that our stories can become empowering for others. You did just that and your story ended colorfully.

Purple is striking and regal!


Hi Greengirl,

Moving on is such an interesting journey - accepting who we are, letting our wounds heal. And then at one point, we realize that there are things bigger than us. This truth pushes us to do more, fight more, love more.

May your story continue with all the radiance of life and service.

Sincerely, Purple

Purple S. Romero

Hi, Purple, like the first piece of yours, I am posting this on my Facebook page. Thank you for this heartwarming story of your own journey to this World Pulse community. I look forward to your next post. As Joey Ayala would say, Padayon!

Blessings, libudsuroy

''Every Day is a Journey and the Journey itself is Home.'' (Matsuo Basho)

Hi libudsuroy,

Thank you for sharing this on your Facebook page! It took me awhile to add another post, but I hope it could also resonate with you. It's nice to see you here in World Pulse. Padayon din sa iyo aking kaibigan!

Sincerely, Purple

Purple S. Romero

This is an amazing sentence, "At a young age, I learned that words cut, and they could cut deep. I also learned however, that they save souls." Wow, true words indeed! Keep up the great work.

“I have to tell you a secret that will see you through all the trials that life can offer. Have courage and be kind.” ~ Cinderella

Aimee Knight


Hi Aimeeknight,

Thank you for appreciating what I've written. Aside from words, though, actions are also necessary and I hope to learn more how to create these, the kind that would impact lives in concrete ways. I hope to learn more from you and the other members of the World Pulse community.

Sincerely, Purple

Purple S. Romero