Where I live the idea of Wiccan Awareness is simply a dream. I've personally dealt with discrimination over the years due to my religious beliefs, but I've always stayed the course and stood up for what I've believed in. I've seen others hide their religion out of fear and while I understand this, I don't see myself ever hiding in the "broom closest". I just can't do it. If someone doesn't take a stand, then no one will and nothing will change.
Yesterday, I took that stand. I talked to a professor at our local university who works in the Social Work section as I had heard she was looking for a Wiccan speaker to talk to her class. I volunteered for the position and got to present a speech to her class on what Wicca really is. Afterwards, I did a questions and answers session which was very interesting. I really enjoyed the interaction. I couldn't have been happier with the results, but I did record the entire class period so that I could work on my speech and how I answer questions in the future. The better I learn to communicate the better I can help out in Wicca Awareness.
In all honesty, I'm very proud of myself for doing this. I finally feel like I've started taking the steps needed to be the Wiccan leader and clergy that I want to be. I also for once feel like Wicca Awareness in my town is possible even though we are deep in the Bible belt. Sure, I know I will still deal with discrimination but at least now I know I'm working on creating change.