2013 VOF Week 2 Writing personal stories should be easy, but sometimes I really don’t think so. I am an African Beautiful Young women and a leader, grew up in a rural place in Thuenissan in South Africa, with less opportunities to education, Health or infrastructure. Even so I had a dream! I dreamed that one day I would become someone like my Teacher, well, I didn’t know what to call myself back then
I was violated, at the age of 13 and 15! Then everything changed! I didn’t believe in myself or anybody anymore, not even my best teacher. I thought all my dreams were shuttered. Felt helpless and hopeless. Was just living each day as it comes.
Just when I thought that I can no longer reach or make anything of my life, I saw a light at the end of a very long tunnel. I met one Priest who helped me through the process. He’d make me write stories about me and what had happened like thousand times and I saw no point in doing it, until one day I got angry, stopped writing and yell at him for making me write about the whole thing. He sat there and listened, eventually I came to realize, how writing could help me heel and touch someone else! I spoke about it without crying and it got better after that, was given an ability to talk.
It’s through this that I develop passion for writing, especially on feelings and emotions. Putting things on black and white helps me express better. Today been a community nurse and a Student Social worker had less knowledge on how the internet could help me advance my writing skills, until a friend sends me a Word Pulse link and suggested I give it my best, and I joined, had fear and frustrations of cause, but my biggest fear was who would be interested in reading my stories and online! To my surprise, I got to read more from other women around the globe, women like me! With the drive to bring change. I’m fascinated by the whole Idea of women sharing and claiming their space.
Word Pulse will enable me to reach more women, motivate and build a tradition of speaking up, is strengthening me to share and influence change; this is a platform for me to develop a support group which I can attend to whenever. Through my journey I can touch lives. Who would have thought that one day I will be sharing so much with the whole world? I will ensure that the voices of women are heard, not just locally but higher! Will continue, and only this time well informed to advocate for Women’s Rights.
Take action! This post was submitted in response to Voices of Our Future Application: Your Journey and Vision.