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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 2 2013: Fabulous! Two different questions that kept me awake for a long time last night...

    I would tell my kid self that he is OK. Nothing more.
    All my experiences brought me to what I am now, and I am not unhappy. I know what my life has brought me so far and I learned al lot. But I don’t know my future. My present success after many failures could be a prelude to another massive collapse or a huge mistake.

    Would he be proud to meet me? At first glance he would be disappointed. My kid self was very ambitious and so am I today, but my targets have changed dramatically. It would take a while to explain him the details and that’s not my intention.

    What would you do when you were God but you could not look into the future?
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      Nov 7 2013: I absolutely love the reasoning you have provided.

      While you may not think that your kid-self would be proud, I do. Your kid-self would be proud of the person you have become, not disappointed in the dreams he would probably still pursue.

      "Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."

      If I were God and could not look into the future, I would just be. I would enjoy the present moment and make this moment the greatest it could be.

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