Plans Change

I am inspired to write this post shortly after my sister’s high school graduation. It’s the time for her and many of her friends to leave a chapter of their lives behind and jump into a new, scary and exciting adventure.
I can vividly remember how I was feeling at that time. I thought I had my life all figured out. I also thought that the decisions I made were finalized and concrete. I was going to complete my undergraduate in one field, go to law school straight after and become most likely a criminal lawyer. Man, do things change.
All it took for me, was one or two people to introduce me to a whole world, actually two worlds to be exact: two worlds that are deeply intertwined. Now my time is gladly spent working myself into these two worlds, partly for building towards my career and goals, but also because I simply love it and enjoy it.
For me, and many others that I have had the pleasure of meeting, this was the case. Simply put, I NEVER in high school thought I would want to be involved in politics, or more or less pursue a career in politics. Now, I find myself volunteering with campaigns, networking with politicians, and attending political conventions. Needless to say my life path really changed, and I am happy I met that one person who introduced me to it. If I hadn’t kept an open mind about it, I would never have met incredible people, been a part of amazing teams, or been able to create amazing experiences. It definitely shook up my world though, because I had always thought becoming a lawyer was a career path for me. Not to say either, that I will not ever pursue law school, because I might. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. That’s was so exciting, and enthralling and exhilarating.
Of course, there are many who set a path and stick to it all their lives. There is definitely nothing wrong with that either. The point of this post is to just consider the fact that life is always changing and pulling you in different directions. Try to take a leap and try other things EVEN if you are comfortable in what you are doing. You never know where or who it will lead you too. You will never know if it could lead you to an undiscovered passion.

Rejection

I meant to write this post a while ago, after a recent event in my life that had just happened. But to be honest, I was kind of lacking the inspiration to write it at that time. The fact is that rejection is sort of an ugly term to even describe what it was. But I was turned down from an opportunity that I wanted like crazy. I had worked for it, and to be honest I was an inch away from receiving it as was told to me by the person that gave me the disappointing news. The thing is, the kind of rejection I received was probably the best kind, as I know the woman as a friend, and she went on to say really sweet, kind things about me that I won’t disclose in this post.

Of course, I still allowed myself to be upset about this as one usually does with any form of rejection. Then I came to realize that there will always be people with more experience, more skills than you. But everybody brings something different to the table as well. The aftermath of an event like this is so important. I put it to myself to use it as motivation. If I was motivated before (which I was), I was even more motivated after this. I was more motivated to work harder, volunteer even more, and it took my head, heart and soul to keep my passions and dreams alive.

So I guess I am writing this post now, because I sometimes let myself believe that my strong emotions make myself weak. But those emotions have led me to a place today where a lot of things have been working out for me. I have landed a volunteer internship in an amazing organization. I have been accepted to work with a team to plan a social justice driven convention in the near future. Basically, I kept myself moving forward. Life doesn’t always go your way, but you can always take control of an alternative route. Then maybe sometime in the future, I will return to that original path.

(I know that last part was cheesy but bear with me)

Bring Back Our Girls

Hi there!

This is my first blog post for this new blog that I felt was time to start up! I was inspired to start it after reading enough on the 276 Nigerian girls who were recently abducted from their school by Boko Haram. This Islamic militant group opposes Western values, specifically the education of girls. They abducted the girls right from their dormitory in the middle of the night to simply prevent them from receiving an education. The United States, Britain, France, and Israel have all pledged their support and will do whatever they can to stop this injustice.

Education is something that many will die fighting for; this was demonstrated with the shooting of young Malala Yousafzai. For us, in the Western education, it is a privilege that many shrug off, because of lack of appreciation and commitment. But it is something that we should not take for granted. Of course, there are assignments and tests that we feel we could do without. Then there are days where we just don’t want to get out of bed because the thought of going to school and sitting in a classroom, seems less than ideal for lazy or adventurous souls. It is key in that moment to turn your mind to Malala, and the 276 Nigerian girls who live for learning and going to school so that they can form prosperous lives for themselves and families. They are denied this because they are girls. I am a young girl and can freely attend university and pursue an education. While I sometimes dislike the workload, through it I learn about people such as Malala, and then I cannot bear to be ungrateful. I am so blessed to be able to go to school, to talk freely about important issues, and to feel safe while doing it.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the missing girls and their families and I hope they are found soon.