By Soksambath Pichny,
They say time flies when you’re having fun. I guess that’s the best way to describe how I feel. Time flew by in the last three months.
This will once again be another cliché post of mine. Just like the good old days when I first started. So, bear with me just a little bit more because sadly this will be the last one!
I still remember it was one of those days where everything was gloomy, as it was raining. That was until I received an email that I got accepted to be a Voices of Youth blogging trainee. That was the day that changed my life forever because I got to be on a journey that I hoped to be very impactful and memorable.
And I was right! I got to learn a lot from my Voices of Youth journey. From day one I appreciated everything, from learning skills to meeting new and inspiring people. One of the most memorable sessions for me was when we learnt about cyber bullying. I remember in that session, we were acting out certain scenarios, reacting and responding to people or situations when we received hate speech or harsh criticism on our work. Don’t get me wrong, every session for the last 3 or 4 months were all fun, but that one was especially fun!
There were also many lessons on technicalities that were very useful such as researching, setting up your own blogs and copyright infringement. To be honest, if it wasn’t mentioned during the sessions, I wouldn’t even know that some of the pictures I downloaded and used from Google (something I frequently did) were copyrighted.
Another thing, which I believe to be one of the most important things I got from the journey, was meeting new and inspiring people. A big thanks to bong Sorita whom I believe to be one of the most understanding and humble persons I’ve ever met! Your constructive corrections and supportive encouragement have inspired me to do just the same for others! Your many ‘you can do it’ and ‘I believe in you’ have helped me so much! Also, shouting out to the UNICEF team who had also made the learning sessions more fun and enjoyable (and for always providing us with very good refreshments! Yum!). It was also a great honor to meet an influential Cambodian blogger, bong Kounila, and receive many good lessons and advice from her.
Moreover, I’m also glad to have met the other 10 like-minded people who have inspired me so much by their friendliness and great work. Before starting our first session, I felt a little anxious meeting the others… But that anxiety quickly passed once we got to know each other. Everyone was so friendly, and from hearing about their ideas, it turned out we actually had a lot of things in common.
Lastly, and this is the most important one for me, is that, if you guys haven’t already noticed, almost every blog posted on this journey has a purpose. Whether they are for self-improvement or addressing social issues, every post provides a message and action that we can take to tackle the issues! Every action also counts, no matter how big or small!
This journey has encouraged me to find my purpose and use my voice to help people, including myself. From now on, I would continue to use this privilege for good. And at the same time, even if other people might not share the same ideas as me, I would still accept that fact with an open mind.
Thank you for being a part of this journey with me! Goodbye!
Views expressed here are those of the author’s and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.