The following was submitted as my final assignment before being selected as a WorldPulse Voices of the Future 2011 Correspondent:
Stories. Letters strung across a page that can do so much! The world
is full of 'em - big ones, little ones, long ones, short ones, sad ones,
funny ones, dull ones, bright ones. There are histories, his-stories,
and her-stories ...
Women. Mothers, daughters, aunts, nurses, teachers, brokers, bosses,
wives, lovers, providers, supporters, helpers, friends ... The hats they
wear ... The roles they play, and most importantly, the stories they
have to tell.
Sometimes, if you sit still enough for long enough, you can almost
hear the world talking ... almost. And sometimes, when you look into a
woman's eyes, you can almost see and feel her story ... almost.
For as long as I can remember, I've written. It's a passion, a
fascination, an outlet ... a love. I've particularly enjoyed writing in
journals and diaries. Sometimes, they are places to record memories,
moments, events - to chronicle growth and development.
What if the world didn't have to search a woman's eyes to try to find
her story? What if she freely, willingly opened her diary to the world
and told them stories they wouldn't otherwise know? What if that story
so gripped the hearts and imaginations of men that it revolutionised
their perspectives, attitudes, lives? What if it completely redefined
journalism as we know it? What if that story was multiplied by hundreds,
What I want - what I've always wanted - is real simple: to change my
world, one story at a time.
I believe in the power of the written, spoken, read and heard word.
And, obviously, so does WorldPulse. I want to develop the versatility to
tell any woman's story from any corner of the globe so well that her
voice will not be misrepresented, misunderstood, ignored, or worse,
unheard. I want to compile a set of diaries that reflect the heart of
WOMAN - a powerful collection of stories from around the world. I know I
have to start small. I know I have to start where I'm planted, so the
immediate desire is to reveal the untold stories of the Jamaican woman.
Being a VOF participant allows me the chance to be a more effective
tool. I can be sharpened, recalibrated (where necessary), smoothed out
and learn how to do the job with grace, beauty, strength, femininity.
And as I learn, I can also teach. As I receive, I can also impart. I can
be part of the beautiful cycle of positive, everlasting change - a
thunderstorm, if you will - that starts with the incredibly remarkable
power of one.