I recently subscribed to the WordPress Daily Prompts to see what kind of inspiration I could find on expanding my writing. I briefly read the prompts but never wrote one until today when I saw one that struck a chord in my heart. I read it and I filled with joy and excitement. I felt like the words were talking exactly to me.
“What change, big or small, would you like your blog to make in the world”.
I read these words and thought, isn’t this why I am writing my blog in the first place? To use my voice to share my experiences of what I’ve seen in the world, what I’ve learned and most importantly of all, how we can all give back?
I have talked about my voice time and time again in my blog. But today I’d like to share with you what I’m hoping to change in the world with my blog.
I started this blog because I was truly inspired. Inspired by what I’ve seen around the world. The places I’ve been, the people I’ve met and the amazing way that travel has opened my eyes and changed my life. It has always been my hope that others would feel inspired by my stories, photos and blog. There is so much bad news in the press. I wanted to offer people an alternative way at looking at life. A voice of inspiration, hope and beauty.
Simply stated, we need to care. We can’t just live in a bubble and pretend that there isn’t massive suffering around the world. If we travel, most likely we will see the immense imbalances between the “have’s” and “have-nots”. We will see real poverty, hardship, desperation along with people who are fighting to survive and won’t give up.
It is my desire to show people the world. To introduce my readers to what I have seen, the people I’ve met along the way, and the issues they face, and most importantly, to care.
Commitment to act upon the inequities and injustice in this world. A strong passion and desire to give back to those in need. There are so many ways you can give back. By simply helping someone in need or even just giving a stranger a smile. You can donate your time, your heart, your money, your mind and/or your soul. Social media has made the world a smaller place and also made it possible to make a difference simply by the click of a mouse. You can be an armchair advocate by simply sharing information on the web about issues you feel strongly about and want to change. I do it all the time. It is quick, easy and effective. But we need a commitment by people. A commitment to do something to help make this world a better place.
Since I started this blog almost two years ago, I would have never imagined how far my voice has come. My readership has grown and more importantly, my friendships have blossomed with fellow bloggers and readers. You all are why I keep writing. The words of support and encouragement have brightened my day and have made me want to try even harder. I couldn’t do it without you.
My blog has also opened many doors to a new path, one that is extremely important to me: A path towards advocacy and giving back. It all began with my work for the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign and has grown into working as an advocate for Results and ONE, two grassroots organizations that fight to end extreme poverty. Two months ago, I also started writing as part of the Global Team of 200, a group of elite bloggers in the US that aim to change the world. Lofty goals, but the sky is the limit in my book.
The last two years have been unexpectadly life-changing. But it has only just begun. I look forward to the journey of my blog and the stories I have yet to tell.