At a George Washington University Muslim Student Association Eid party this Fall, we were asked to write our goal down on a chalkboard and take a picture with it. The sign behind me in the photos below reads “InshAllah in 10 Years I will be…”. For those of you who are unfamiliar, InshAllah means God willing. When I was growing up, I didn’t feel like I could dream this big… even now, I just don’t. I never saw hijabi role models in the media. Now that social media has become the most popular medium for sharing ideas, my eyes are opened to all of the different Muslim men and women working to make changes for our community and beyond. It’s fascinating to me that people have overcome so many insecurities about being minorities in the U.S. and have really embraced their differences and are working towards creating a better image of Muslims for all of us. So for this event, I wrote down a goal that I have no intention of obtaining, but it’s the first dream a lot of kids write down and it’s at the top of the totem pole. This was just to prove to myself that I can achieve my goals and I shouldn’t be afraid to aim high. I haven’t yet discovered my infinity but it’s the journey of a lifetime. This is such a little kid mentality but maybe we should strive to be more like kids; fearless and up for any challenge. Kids don’t see limits. So let’s be kids.
Needless to say, I’m a good time.