It is very strange to write one's biography because
it is just a list of dates, events and achievements. In reality
the most important things about my life happened in the secret
chambers of my heart and have no place in a bio. My most
significant achievements are not my books, but the love I share
with a few people, especially my family, and the ways in which
I have tried to help others.
When I was young, I often felt desperate: so much pain
in the world and so little I could do to alleviate it.
But now I look back at my life and feel satisfied because
few days went by without me at least trying. A day at a
time, a person at time; in the end it adds up.
Here are a few things I believe in that you
won't find in a list of my publications or accomplishments:
It is important to be kind, to be truthful and to take
care of others and myself.
Women have the wisdom and courage to lead their families
and communities. If the world is ever going to heal, it
will be women who will make it happen. We cannot leave
them to fend for themselves.
I have been empowered by education, reproductive
rights and economic independence. Women who are uneducated
and have no skills, who are not in control of their own
bodies and fertility, and who cannot support themselves
can easily become destitute and be victimized. Each of us
must act without delay to empower women and girls worldwide
to take control of their lives, even if they stumble and
fall a hundred times. With our help, they can succeed.
In every human being there is a core of shining
dignity and courage.
In any case, here is my bio.
If you are curious about my books and speeches, want to see
my private photo album or need press photos, please visit
my website at: isabelallende.com
Photo © Lori Barra