Ever had to ask your children to, “use your words”? I have, especially when the whining takes over.
I’ve been thinking a bit about how I “use my words” lately, how I exercise my voice.
I wasn’t at the Digital Parents Conference, but I’ve read some posts* about the “Social Media for Social Good” panel and followed Edenland’s trip to Africa. These two events seem to have prompted many bloggers to ponder why, how and what they write. For some, it consolidated what they are already doing. For most, it has meant considering the difference they might be able to make in the world.
Bloggers, no doubt, have a pedestal on which to stand and speak whether we have 5 followers or 5,000. We can, and do, write of numerous issues from the head, heart and any combination in between.
When I think of “voice”, I think of a powerful and influential mouthpiece, a persuasive and inspirational agent, making a difference, usually a huge one. It can be a voice for serious issues, social issues, life-or-death issues. It can be a voice for inspiration and enlightenment, bringing empowerment, motivation and peace. It can be a voice that brings mirth birthing laughter, joy and happiness. It can be educational, story-telling, visual, lyrical or musical.
So where does this leave me?
I don’t see myself as an activist. I am not widely learned. I am not a debater nor articulately quick on my feet. I am not politically savvy. I wouldn’t classify myself as an intellectual. I am not particularly witty or comedic. But I have a heart, and I do care about certain things, in my own, gut-driven way.
I’m concerned about the sexualisation of our children, especially now I am a parent and especially a parent of two girls.
For now, I feel my voice is a small voice, but I don’t write this to imply it is insignificant. It may not reach the multitudes but if it helps or touches one other person, then I will know I have made a difference. Yours can too.
Have you thought lately about your “voice” and what it can say?
*Getting Radical from Bright and Precious
*You’re the Voice from Diary of a SAHM
*Hand me the microphone whilst I do my thang………. from Mummy Issues: Part 2