Milica is 28 years old. She works in an NGO which focuses on the protection of persons with disabilities and endeavors to improve their quality of life. She is a qualified social worker, holds a Masters in Politics and is a mother of one child.
Milica thinks Serbia in the future belongs in Europe, as it always has. “What Serbia actively strives for in politics is the values of the European Union. I don’t want to see it in this context, but in a way that we have already belonged to it for a long time. Europe has a definite heritage of values and civilization. All we need to do is to adopt certain aspects of this civilization, then any path in any direction will be clear, whether it be the EU or something else. We would then be an example, not of the political affinities we chose, but of the values and beliefs we built as a nation.”
The cultural identity of Serbia is something she is proud of. “I am proud of the cultural identity of Serbia because, as much as globalization has taken its toll in the world, our identity has remained intact, specifically in terms of solidarity between people. You can feel the solidarity, the emotional bond between the people on the streets, in the schools, and even in politics. You can feel it in everyday life, and I think this is something that makes Serbia different from the other countries I have traveled to, where you can feel the distance and coldness among people. I would say that these human relations are something that makes Serbia a nice place to live.”
The negative sides of the country are the objective circumstances. “What concerns me the most are the objective facts. These involve the socio-political and cultural context in which the country has been in the last 30 years, starting with the deprivations of war and all the negative aspects and effects of it which have arisen in this society. It takes time to emerge from this inadequate situation, to rebuild the infrastructure, the workforce, buildings, and human relationships. The consequences of what happened are still present. It will certainly be a handicap when facing what awaits us in the future because we have not started from a good position to develop a society that would be a peer of the civilized world of the 21st century, to the developed countries of Europe and the world.”
Milica gets back on her feet quickly after her failures in life. When the going gets rough, she can see the light at the end of the tunnel, so she finds that the difficulties are bearable.