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Maria Khan

Director of Outeach, TEDxUCIrvine

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If you could meet your kid self, what would you say to him or her? Do you think he/she would be proud to meet you?

My papa always told me "Maria, everything happens for a reason. God has the perfect plan for you, just believe in yourself" and I could never fully grasp what he meant. Today, as a college student aspiring to dreams bigger than myself, I understand what he means. I understand that every small and big moment in my life that hurt me led to greater achievements. I wish I could go back and tell myself "Don't worry so much!"

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    Nov 4 2013: I think my "kid self" would be extremely proud to meet my present self. I don't think telling my "kid self" any words of wisdom would be of much use as I think the wisdom I have gained is through living the life and only through living the life would my kid self also understand what the wisdom I impart to him means. Perhaps I won't even tell him that I am him in 20-25 years- he might make choices to change things which I wouldn't want. Every mistake has added to my wisdom and every weakness has made me creative and resourceful. I might just spend some joyful time with the kid self!
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      Nov 7 2013: I completely agree! Anyone can tell you anything but you only understand it on your own time.

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