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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 18 2013: I think I'm one of the few people that truly understands how smart children are. A few people have mentioned it in other posts, but If I were to meet my kid self, the only thing I would want to say is "Tell me what you're thinking."

    I would not try to impart any wisdom on my kid self, I would only try to learn from her. I was always much happier as a child, and adults always told me I had "an old soul" I used to think about how the world sounds like music and the stars look like paintings. I had dreams and wrote poems and stories. I wasn't afraid to fail because it didn't matter.

    My kid self was the best version of me that existed. If I could, however, I'd go back at meet my teenage self. I'd have quite a few things to tell her. I'd tell her to stay a kid for awhile. I'd tell her to not be afraid of sexuality, and I'd tell her to stay optimistic about life, even when that seems really hard. I'd tell her not to change for anyone and to stay who she is and do it only for herself.
    • Nov 20 2013: I agree with you children and their brains are a wonder. Few things in life bother me as much as old people with their old brains in the guise of science telling us that children's brains do not make good decisions.

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