Founded in 2007, Blog Action Day brings together bloggers from different countries, interests and languages to blog about one important global topic on the same day. Past topics have included water, climate change, poverty and food with thousands of blogs, big and small, taking part. This year’s Blog Action day is October 15th and the theme is “The Power of We” – a celebration of people working together to make a positive difference in the world either for their own communities or for people they will never meet half way around the world.
It started out small, timid and quiet. But it has always been there buried inside my soul and trapped by insecurity and indecision. It knew it wanted to break free. To be heard and make a difference. But it never knew how. Nor never believed it was possible. Quite simply, I didn’t believe in myself.
It took many years for my voice to finally break free and finally express itself and be heard. What prompted this change in my life? Why now after forty years of existence did I finally find the courage to use my voice and be heard? Because I realized I could no longer keep silent anymore. There were too many things I wanted to say. Too many stories I wanted to tell the world. And too many inspirations to share.
In January 2010, my voice became alive and real. I launched my blog and never looked back. My voice traveled with me through my journey of life. Through my ups and downs, my travels, my volunteer work, my family and my life. My joys and annoyances, my hopes and dreams. And the things that keep me up at night and continue to do so even to this day. I took a chance and let go. My voice was freed. And man, did it feel good.
Fast forward two years, and I never would have imagined the power of a voice and the power of “we”. I’ve been continually inspired over and over again by fellow bloggers and advocates who have used their voice to tell their story or the stories of those unheard. It has been a phenomenal journey for me. I’ve learned so much about the world, about compassion, inequity, poverty, hunger, disease, violence and beauty.
But most of all, in the last two years I’ve seen the true power of “we” and how our voices can promote positive change in the world. It has been an amazing awakening which has left me at times speechless in awe and wonder by the power one can possess by simply speaking and being heard.
There have been many powerful voices who have inspired me throughout the year. The voices of the Ethiopian women recently visited by ONE Moms. The voices of the ONE Moms who made the journey and have been sharing their stories. The voices of the crusaders at the Social Good Summit in New York City who have given so much of their time and energy to helping people around the world. The voices of the powerful team of Shot@Life Advocates who I’ve had the pleasure of working with for the last year at ensuring more children receive the vaccines they need to keep them alive. The voices of the World Moms Blog contributors who have come together voluntarily to share their stories of motherhood around the world. And most recently, the voices of the Global Team of 200, a group of women bloggers dedicated to using their voice to change the world.
Collectively these voices are unbelievable. They are the power of we. And I am so proud to be a part of it. For together we can change the world.