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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 3 2013: 1. Love this question. I would tell my kid self that its all going to be OK, you're smart, beautiful and you should start believing it. Don't worry about things you have no control over. Let God handle it all, and just be happy. Smile more, you have a beautiful smile.
    All my life i wished someone were to tell me these things, but then i realised it was inside me all along, i just needed to listen.

    2. I think so, or at least hope so. I've built plenty of new bridges, making myself the most important person in my life, listening to my gut instincts. I hope that she is proud of how far i have come, and the person i am today.
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      Nov 7 2013: That's really awesome Mulki! Your response correlates really well with Keith's!

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