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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: I would tell him to drink more water prior to sporting events; the rest of the world is focused on how they appear to the world, not how you appear to them; to focus more on thoroughness of learning, not speed of accomplishment; take fewer subjects in school, but do well in what you take; learn to play golf and play a few rounds with your dad; to recognize that while you have a lot of talents and gifts, they do you no good if you can't find a way to use them for the benefit of mankind.

    I think I would be proud to meet my later self, but I would want to have all of what he told me erased from my mind except that I was proud to meet myself. In that way the surprises and tragedies that made me what I am today still had the same effect, but I would have more confidence that my solutions, decisions, and choices would ultimately result in a life I was proud to have lived.
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      Nov 7 2013: The second portion of your response is the most creative conclusion to the "my mistakes brought me here" debate this question preludes!

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