My First Story

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Posted March 10, 2020 from Fiji

My name is Audrey, 36 years young and I am a young Itaukei from the Island of Fiji which is in the Pacific. I am a feminist and an activist. I mainly do ground work because that is where the beauty of the work that we do. I did not really finish of my education and there was alot of reasons behind it. I love traditional arts and also I love an artform that speaks volume especially about women. I also love sports, volleyball and rugby is what I love the most. Writing is something that I am scared to do, but when I say things in my mind it flows beautifully. I can never seem to put what I am thinking of into words as I always find it really hard. I am worried that I am not a writer, I am worried about the language, worried about the text, worried about who is going to read my story and also I am worried that the people might say that I am not enough as a writer. These are the barriers that stops me from writing. Every little quote I try to put up, even if its a 2 sentence, I have to ask my partner to proof read before I do post it up. When writing concept notes, reports, policies etc., there is an expectation of language añd text but with this platform you write from inside. I have been able to write blogs, stories, etc but all these needs to be edited by others and finalised so that it can be posted up. With this platform (World Pulse) I am able to relate my writing as a design of an artwork that is filled with real life experience, joy and laughter. With this pĺatform I am able to write what I think, what I feel and also proof read it by myself. When you have feminists, activists, mothers, and sisters from around the world that are part of World Pulse that can also help me to improve in my writing by providing resources. This opportunity can be a gateway to writing more stories of personal experiences and also experiences of other women and girls out there. Thank you World Pulse for this opportunity, thank you to all the hard working feminists activists here in the pacific and around the world. Vinaka Vakalevu

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Anita Shrestha
Mar 10
Mar 10

Thank you for sharing

jessg411
Mar 10
Mar 10

Hi Vinaka-
Thanks for sharing your story! Your writing is phenomenal and don't let anyone tell you otherwise! Keep sharing as you will continue to gain confidence in your writing the more you post. Looking forward to hearing more about your art and activism.

All the best,
Jess

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls

Just a correction the writer's name is Audrey "Vinaka vakalevu" is Fijian language phrase acknowledging and thanking the reader

Corine Milano
Mar 10
Mar 10

Hello Vinaka and welcome to World Pulse! We are so so glad you have joined us and that you have shared your first story. As you said, there is no reason to be worried about sharing here. We are a community of supportive and encouraging women and feminists. Your message is beautiful and you've written it beautifully too! Thank you for joining us and please do keep sharing. What a joy to have more voices from the Pacific!

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls

Hi Corine --Just a correction the writer's name is Audrey "Vinaka vakalevu" is Fijian language phrase acknowledging and thanking the reader

Corine Milano
Mar 13
Mar 13

Oh, thank you Sharon for clarifying! Of course, I don't know how I missed that. I'm sorry for that, Audrey - and we are so glad you are here!

Rahmana Karuna
Mar 11
Mar 11

36 years young Audrey. How freeing for you!!!????
"worry= the moth that eats the fabric of human endeavor and the builder of bridges never crossed" antidote? Optimism and Mental Poise!!!!

you write beautifully. i feel the emotion. thank you for your activism and passion!!

vintagelink123
Mar 12
Mar 12

So love your story my dear....keep up the good work you are doing in our country.....

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls

Welcome welcome and welcome to the World Pulse platform Audrey - so proud of you taking this first brave step ! Onwards !!

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 13
Mar 13

Hi Audrey,
A big welcome to World Pulse. You have so much to offer here with your own journey, your feminist activism and your beautiful writing. You are not only gifted as a writer, your writing flows as a poem. Lots of us do proofreading for each other, such a gift for a writer. "...my writing as a design of an artwork that is filled with real life experience, joy and laughter". I look forward to more stories from you.