Bartender. Obama advocate. College graduate. Victim of today’s job economy and my own fickle interests. Needer of health insurance. Travel addict. Climber, hiker, swimmer, wish-I-was-better-than-I-am soccer player. 25-year old. Latihan lover (but probably don’t go as often as I should). Daughter, sister, cousin, and aunt of some pretty awesome people. New York City snob. Actor. Subud Youth Activities International (SYAI) representative for Area 3 (North and South Americas). Believer in the power of education and the importance of using it for the benefit of the greater good, not just individual gain. Pizza connoisseur. Flamenco dancer. Organizer of the Human Force: Volunteer Camps for Social Change. And now, communications coordinator for the World Congress in Puebla, Mexico, 2014.
Hi, all. I’m not sure if the above gives you a good picture of who I am, but at least it tells you a bit about what I do and what makes me tick. I’m Alex – Alexandra – Woodward, and I’m a representative for SYAI because I believe strongly in the capacity and the potential for youth and youth activities to shape the future of Subud and the world. How that happens, though, is up to all of us. That’s right, YOU. In my travels over the past couple of years, I have met incredible people and heard about their incredible initiatives, even if they’re just studies or small fundraising parties. I’ve also heard about their struggles; let’s face it, as the post-Bapak generation, one that is coming of age in an intense, rather mixed-up era, we often face tensions between our inner guidance and our outer environment. With Subud members being as dispersed as they are, it can be hard to feel so isolated from a community of support, and with few visible successes of cooperation within the generations that precede us, it’s tempting to throw in the towel. What I feel, however, is that these are simply stumbling blocks, and they don’t matter in the end; if we follow with sincerity, there’s nothing that can’t happen, really.
So, while I am not immune to the despair, while daily I negotiate the divide between my inner and perhaps the most materialistic city in the world, ultimately, I’m not phased. If the quality of character of all the youth I’ve met proves anything, it’s that we have been given a very, very strong foundation. The biggest mistake we can make is to deny it. I hope you all believe in yourselves as much as I believe in us. Keep doing what you’re doing. Do more. Reach out. Get involved. COME TO THE WORLD CONGRESS IN MEXICO. (I’m not kidding.) Ask not what Subud can do for you, but what you can do for Subud. It’ll come back to you, I promise.
I’m very excited to work with all of you 🙂