You took the “great” out of Great Britain!

You took the great out of Great Britain!

You took the united out of this kingdom!

You took the future from the young!

Yes YOU!!!

On Friday 24th June 2016, YOU took us out of the European Union.

For a very long time this ‘campaign’(I prefer to call it a battle) had been going on since it was initially mentioned a couple years ago. One day a man named Nigel Farage decided to throw down his glove (an old fashioned way of asking for a duel) and our soon to be ex-Prime Minister, David Cameron slowly bent down and picked it up. As a result of this ‘private‘ exchange, the poor old citizens of the formerly ‘United‘ Kingdom had to suffer the consequences.

Moving swiftly on to the beginning of 2016: the battle had begun. Ammunition, resources and people were gathered together in order to defend their camp. On one hand were figures such as our newly elected Mayor, Sadiq Khan, our ‘former’ Prime Minister David Cameron and even our good old President of the United States, Barack Obama.

So… Looking back at campaigns, what do I see.

“IMMIGRATION!” “BRING BACK OUR JOBS!” “MAKE BRITAIN GREAT AGAIN!” “CLOSE OUR BORDERS!” “SAVE OUR NHS!” “WE SPEND BILLIONS ON THE EU AND GET NO RETURN!”

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Once again, like any rational human being, if I was bombarded by these messages my automatic instinct would be to Leave the EU. When you are clouded by such barbaric notions, why would you remain in the EU. It’s an institution that burdens the UK rather than aids it.

This is where my frustration and anger is concentrated.

All day today, I have simply rolled my eyes, said “I don’t care” and told people that “I expected this to happen”. All of these statements are true to a certain extent because there is little that can be done now. However, I can’t completely shrug my shoulders and turn away from the fact that MY FUTURE, MY YOUNG AND PROSPEROUS FUTURE has been DESTROYED by people, I don’t know, people who will probably in a few years time and people who don’t care.

It would be stupid for me to say that everybody knew what they were doing because I know that’s not true. However, the fact that the people who did know, manipulated their ignorance just for their selfish motives INFURIATES ME!!!

HOW DARE YOU!

HOW DARE YOU SNATCH MY FUTURE AWAY FROM ME BECAUSE YOU CARED MORE ABOUT YOUR OWN!

HOW DARE YOU MANIPULATE PEOPLE INTO THINKING THAT THEY MADE A CLEAR AND RATIONAL DECISION!

HOW DARE YOU INFRINGE UPON MY BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS!

HOW DARE YOU INSULT MY DEMOCRACY!

As Martin Lewis wisely said:

This may be a binary vote, but it’s not a binary argument

Sadly, the campaigns didn’t reflect this. It allowed bigotry, racism and discrimination to all play a HUGE role in shaping people opinions. The worst part is that the Leave side accused the Remain side of scaremongering and using Project ‘fear’ but post Brexit, when the clouds have finally drifted away, we can clearly see who was wrong and who was right.

Those same politicians refuse to accept and admit to their dirty tactics of securing a disgusting victory.

Those same politician claim that we should have an independence day yet don’t even understand the significance of one (I could dedicate a whole new post discussing this).

Our economy is already struggling, the value of the pound has dropped, we are likely to undergo a recession, the FTSE is suffering, our PM has resigned,Boris Johnson might be our new PM, Jeremy Corbyn is facing a no confidence vote because he didn’t campaign as well as he SHOULD have, my future is looking bleak, my rights aren’t looking so strong, Scotland is highly likely to have another referendum to leave the UK and the UK is still outside the EU!

Above all, I, alongside many others, are expected to hold our heads up high, smile and pretend that everything is okay. That we can recover from this because ‘all that’s well end well’!

Well, I’m just going honest… It’s not! For the first time in my life, I am so disappointed in our democracy, in our political system and in the fact that I have identified as a British citizen. For so long the UK has held its head up high boasting about it’s British values but today that same country must bow down at it’s own failure. I can’t believe I am British!

This is a sad day for the EU, for London, the young generation and for ME!

RIP EUROPEAN UNION,

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I will miss you, even if the rest of the country doesn’t…

 

Black History Month

Over the course of this week I have been thinking of ways to improve my blog and the content I write.

As a result, I thought I should start with paying tribute to Black History Month. This month is always very sentimental to me because it is a time where I can look back and reflect upon all the amazing work achieved by many strong black individuals. The things that they have achieved are incredible and I will always remain grateful since their work has allowed me to dream high and achieve whatever I want to achieve without being limited by my skin colour.

From Rosa Park…

Rosa Parks seated toward the front of the bus, Montgomery, Alabama, 1956. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

Rosa Parks seated toward the front of the bus, Montgomery, Alabama, 1956. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

Who learnt to speak up and say “No” when refusing her seat. She has taught me that you shouldn’t let people walk over you. You are human and you deserve to be respected. Everyone is entitled to a human right regardless of the colour of their skin so speak up when you have been wronged. Too often we remain passive bystanders, we sit around and do nothing but its time to use our voices. Speak for what is right because like I mentioned in my ‘Freedom of Speech‘ post, not everyone in this modern age has the right to voice their opinion or the right to vote. Consequently, we should make the most of what we have in a positive way to ensure that the world we live in is a better place for everyone.

Another influential individual is, Nelson Mandela…

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1990 South Africa

When he died, I couldn’t stop myself from crying because he has been and will always remain a key role model in my life. He endured 27 years in prison for a cause he was passionate for. He sacrificed a huge part of his life in order to ensure a greater amount of people could live a life – free of apartheid. He knew segregation was not right, but he didn’t stay quiet. He ensured that before he died, he would actively fight towards breaking what was the status quo in South Africa. He has taught me to always fight for what is right, regardless of the consequences. In order to create a change, someone has to ignite a fire and let it burn! One thing I have noticed, is that many powerful individuals have endured several hurdles along the way & they have received a lot of opposition during their plight. Regardless, they have learnt to “Keep Calm and Carry On.” They haven’t allowed people to knock them down. Even if they have fallen, they have brushed it off and got back up again. It doesn’t matter if you fail, just stay focused and determined in achieving your goal.

Finally, I wanted to also mention, Martin Luther King…BRAND_BIO_BIO_Martin-Luther-King-Jr-Mini-Biography_0_172243_SF_HD_768x432-16x9

Just like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King was a key figure in achieving civil rights for black Americans in the 1950s/60s. He had a dream and made sure that he would do whatever it took to make it come true. He has taught me that the ‘sky is the limit’, there are no restraints on how high you can fly in order to achieve your dreams. He wanted white people and black people to be able to hold hands and unite as a community; fortunately, there is a high number of interracial couples in this day and age. At the time, a multicultural society e.g. in London, was impossible but times have changed and so have perceptions.

Those were just 3 very well known examples of individuals who have managed to help create a  better society for me to live in. However, there are a lot more revolutionary people who have made a significant contribution to our society (if I listed them all, you would never see the end of this post).

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Olaudah Equiano

Mary Jane Seacole (1805-1881), Jamaican born British Crimean War nurse, portrait. Also known as Mother Seacole. Date: C.1850s

Mary Jane Seacole

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I have no shame of the colour of my skin and I don’t feel any less different to those with a different colour to me. No matter what shade of black you are, remain true to your skin and love yourself! Nobody has the right to make you feel unworthy.

Sadly black people are still targeted and oppressed. The rise of social media is evident in illustrating this for example on public transport. #BlackLivesMatter and #HandsUpDontShoot are just two examples of campaigns fighting for better rights for black people. We have managed to come a long way but there is still more to come with our journey towards equality.

You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.
                                                                                             – Michelle Obama

Banking & Women

Hello readers,

It has been a pretty long time since I have actually taken the time to sit down and type up a post. Thus, I would just like to apologise for my absence. Since I have been ‘gone’ for quite some time I thought that it would be nice to just update you about what I have been up to and what I am planning/ going to do in the future.

On 6th – 10th July I had the pleasure of doing work experience at UBS (a bank that is in partnership with my school). It was a great experience because I got to talk to a lot of different people; this allowed me to learn more about the industry. Something which was very central to the week was the topic regarding women especially as there is a huge gender gap not only in UBS but the whole banking industry- which was honestly not surprising. However, I can say I was quite shocked at how wide the gap was e.g. on the trading floor there were 2 women amongst the team of men. Additionally, when the girls (who I was with during the week) and I, talked to a women named Annabel. She told us about when she first started working in the industry and how she attended a meeting of 30 being the only woman.

I learnt that the banking industry isn’t as bad as it seems and if you’re open minded about what you want to do in the future. You should definitely consider it especially as there is a huge range of jobs on offer from marketing to philanthropy. It isn’t just about working in the investment bank everyday from 9-5. Additionally, as a women you can bring a whole range of skills which the industry craves. This may sound far fetched but women can also change the success of a bank as well. Research proves that banks with women in their boards do far better than banks with only men. The industry is also trying to accommodate to the needs of women so that they can keep them in the job as well as get them to apply initially. For example, they understand that many women at some point may consider having a family hence UBS gives them the opportunity to have the best of both world by giving them 6 months maternity leave with full pay and a guaranteed job back. We met many mothers e.g. Kathleen and Tomi who both appreciated this. Additionally, there are options for women who don’t choose to have children so there is a wide range of opportunities available.

I know it may seem like I am glorifying banking and persuading you to work in the industry but I’m not. I know that many people are unaware of what the job curtails and the opportunities for women are coated, so I thought that it would make sense to use my platform to share them. My career path is totally different to banking since I want to get involved in International Politics, the UN and humanitarian causes but without my work experience I wouldn’t have had the chance to learn about the industry. Consequently, I believe work experience is essential to all young people because it provides you with an insight to the industry you want to go in to and allows you to decide whether it is the right one for you. Also, it opens your eyes to the possibilities out there so you can take a bite of each cake before you choose your favourite.

I thought today’s post would be quite different and relaxed but I have still managed to go into some deep and interesting topics which are open for discussion amongst yourselves and also the comments below. I hope you enjoyed learning about an industry and also more about women (I will probably make another post going into more detail).

QUICK NOTE:

For the next 2-3 weeks I will be participating in a programme called NCS. For more detail click here for some information about it. Therefore, I might go back into ghost mode, on the contratry there is a high chance I will be slaying the internet with a  lot of recounts/ vlogs about my experience *fingers crossed* so stay tuned.

Wimbledon 2015

15 Love. 30 Love. 40 Love. Deuce. Game, Set and Match!

Those were just a few words which were swirling around my mind. I wasn’t sick of the constant repetition of sounds but charmed by the sweet melody a.k.a the sympthony to my ears (okay… maybe I’m exaggerating just a little bit). The main point is, as the match progressed I just become much more intrigued with the players and I found myself falling in love with the sport (ooops… I sound like my mother).

If you don’t understand what I was saying above, I would recommend you refresh your mind and start reading here. Essentially, I was attempting to imbed a variety of linguistic devices to compliment the games I watched at Wimbledon on Friday 4th July. Yes… quite simply, I had the opportunity to go to Wimbledon and watch many different matches in the ground courts because my amazingly fantastic friend Dilara asked me to accompany her to the event. Frankly, I felt very excited and happy because she basically presented me with another opportunity to experience some thing new and add another great event to my list of life long memories.

Initially, we aimed to meet at 8:30 however, I – being a clumsy clot – overslept and didn’t wake up until 8. Then, I rushed to get ready and didn’t meet her until 9 (which is pretty impressive if you ask me). From there we travelled via bus and tube all the way to Wimbedon where our magical journey began.

We were welcomed by the staff through the gateways of heaven to a gorgeous reception of greenery. The hill lay up ahead and in front of us were many people who were making their way towards it to watch matches on the big screen. Throughout the day the weather was unbelievably hot and it made us very weak and tired but we managed to watch a range of matches whilst constantly moving about.

We watched the females doubles, females singles and caught a glimpse of many of the men’s doubles.
All the different matches were exciting in their own way and that’s what made them interesting.

The experience of witnessing the action upfront was irreplaceable. The enthusiasm in both the players and the audience was contagious because by the end of the day I wanted to start playing Tennis.

Overall I couldn’t be any more thankful for being able to enjoy my day for the time it lasted. We went home at 16:00 which was a great time; although we couldn’t see the main stars e.g. Djokovic. The day was amazing regardless. I was very lucky to have this chance since many people dream about tickets for Wimbledon and still don’t get them.

So before I end this blog post, I would like to say THANK YOU to both my school and Dilara for allowing me to have this opportunity. Without whom I would have just been sitting at home doing nothing productive.

Love prevails all!

I was going to write something else today but after hearing the news I just had to halt in my tracks and steer towards a different direction. Why? Today the Supreme court ruled that same sex marriage is legal across ALL 50 states of the US!!!

I am shocked, surprised and overwhelmed. Honestly I feel like crying because for so long the LGBT community have been fighting for acceptance and equality; today is a huge milestone in their plight. I am not gay but I am huge supporter for the legalisation of same sex marriages. It sounds ridiculous knowing that you could be imprisoned for loving somebody. However today the states said NO! They embraced the pride of the people and granted them access to a right which they have been deprived of for so long: “the right to love.”

I hope that the example set by the states can be reflected upon countries through out the world. Hopefully, they are influenced to change their ways and people are influenced to campaign for what is rights. The timing for this announcement could not have been any better since tomorrow (27.06.15) in the UK we celebrate Gay Pride.

It is very sad that in the current day and age we still live amongst many homophobic people who can’t understand that gay people are happy people, gay people are normal people, gay people are people. They are no different to any one of us, they have skin, they have eyes, they have organs – they are not animals or aliens.

Who are we to judge them for who they love? Why do some people feel like we have the power to control their lives? It is blatantly stupid! Everyone in this world has the right to love who they want to and we don’t have to interfere.

Overall, I just want to say how proud I am of the LGBT community and all the things they have achieved so far. Their perseverance and resilience motivates me to carry on working towards equality everywhere. Although we see times where human rights have been violated e.g. the Charleston Church shootings (click the link to read my blog post about it) humanity is moving forward towards a world of peace and equality as proven today. No one should have to feel ashamed of who they are and hopefully…

At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won’t be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black.                                                                               – George Clooney

26.06.15 – A date to be remembered!

R.I.P to the Charleston victims

It is currently 1:01am and I have only just started typing up this post for Tuesday (yesterday) however once I am set on doing something, nothing stops me! Regardless, last week my friend Leanne asked me about my opinion in regards to the church shootings. Since then, the subject has been lingering in my mind hence I decided to put my ‘pen’ to ‘paper’ and let everything out.

For those who do not know a man named Dylann Roof, 21, was responsible for the massacre of nine individuals in an African- American church located in Charleston, South Carolina. He promoted his hatred for the black community by burning down the US flag, posing with guns in pictures and proudly beholding the Confederate flag (commonly associated with a time of slavery). He has currently been caught and arrested however, a lot more needs to be done in the meantime in order for justice to be served e.g. changing gun laws.

The victims of this tragedy were:

  • Cynthia Hurd, 54, female
  • Susie Jackson, 87, female
  • Ethel Lance, 70, female
  • Rev DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49, female
  • Rev Clementa Pinckney, 41, male
  • Tywanza Sanders, 26, male
  • Rev Daniel Simmons Sr, 74, male, who died in hospital
  • Rev Sharonda Singleton, 45, female
  • Myra Thompson, 59, female

I would like to take this opportunity to pay my respects to those people and their families. Not only has the local community been damaged but a race. Since the attack, a church service has been held in order for people to pay their respects and also to illustrate the resilience of the church members since they demonstrate that hate crimes will not destroy their companionship and unity.

I hope that these people don’t die in vain and their deaths help put pressure on the US government to make a change on gun laws. There are so many incidents which have occurred in the past due to guns e.g. the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Thus, action needs to be taken NOW before any more disasters occur (I intend to write another blog post specifically about Gun Laws).

However, gun laws were not the only reason for this attack. Many would argue that racism was the main reason and this argument is completely justified. Several years ago, we used to live in a world where many rich Americans were slave owners but as time progressed this has changed. A couple years after, segregation & the Jim Crow laws became another cruel part of American history but we have managed to progress from there in order to allow people from both the white and black community to be able to sit on the same bus, learn in the same classroom and move forward together. Regardless, racism still exists.

This may sound weird but it has become a part of our life because at least once in your life time you will be involved, witness or relate to it. I am 16, yet I have experienced racism more than 3 times in my life span. Yes, this is better than living a life of marginalization e.g. in the 1930s but I can not sit here and condone what still occurs. People preach the ‘n’ word like its a message from god and the work of many civil rights activists seem to be ignored since we (yes WE) are allowing our past to come back to haunt us.

I felt disgusted and ashamed to hear that another hate crime has occurred in the US purely because of the colour of somebody’s skin. To make matters worse, it was carried out in a church which is a place which people can spiritually connect, find inner peace and join a community. However, after the attack many people were left contemplating over the question: “Am I ever safe?” Honestly, after such an event it is absolutely rational to say “No”. However, once we do, it is easy for self esteem, confidence and courage to be lost. We may have lost a battle but we can’t stop fighting the war.

The US is not the only place facing racism, it occurs everywhere in the world (even here in the UK). However, rather than simply acknowledging this we need to take a stand.

Actions are louder than words…

For the loving memory of those nine individuals – don’t be a bystander… Speak up! We can’t allow hate crimes like this to occur again!

P.S the beginning may sound confusing because I uploaded this 24hrs later.

Ramadan Mubarak

Ramadan Mubarak! I would like to ask for forgiveness for any harm I may have caused in the past.

This month of fasting is very dear to me as a Muslim girl and to many others in the world – Muslim or not. It is a month where a community can be brought together to fight through our hardships in unity. We can donate money and provide charity to people who are less fortunate than us, people can seek forgiveness and walk away from their sins. Personally, it is a time where I can strengthen my faith and carry on developing as a believer of this faith. However, this is also an opportunity for people to see the true meaning of Islam… Peace. Muslims and Islam is not a faith of violence. Don’t fall prey to the negative portrayal and stereotypes of the media/ society. Use this month as a chance to witness the beauty of thousands or millions of people fasting for 1 whole month to help empathise for those who live in poverty and suffer malnutrition on a regular basis (this is obviously not the main reason, but one of many). However, in addition to my previous point, it allows us to appreciate the importance of food and water. At times when I fast, I feel weak and I can’t move due to the lack of energy I have in my body. I am fortunate to be able to eat again at Maghrib (the 4th Prayer – at sunset) however, people living in third world countries or even here in the UK, are not blessed with the chance to press that on/ off button. It is said that:

“You don’t know how important something is until you lose it…”

Honestly, this is SO true, but the sad thing is that people don’t realise this until its too late.

So before  I start rambling and making this post seem depressing, I just want to lift the spirit by wishing everyone Ramadan Mubarak and I hope you all have a great month inshallah. Regardless of whether you support the faith or not, take this month as an opportunity to forgive and endeavour new beginnings.

Before I conclude, I want to apologise for the lack of content. I have been sucked up by my GCSE Exams and basically stripped of all my free time. However, my last exam is tomorrow… YAY!!! Consequently, I should be able to regularly post again every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I will explain all of this nonsense in my next blog post and all the exciting events I have coming up. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed reading this and feel free to read any of my previous work whilst waiting for the new stuff to POP UP!!!

Happy Ramadan (for the 100th time) and I hope you find peace and happiness in whatever amazing things lying ahead!

Vomit a rainbow!

NORMS, NORMS, NORMS!

Everyday our life is dictated by the norms of society.The way we look, the way we talk and what we do are all consequences of the rules implemented by society. But, who cares?

The last time I checked there was no set of rules in life and we could play the game our own way. Besides, the closest thing to restricting me from doing anything in life is the law – and that’s a good thing! Essentially, we are birds. We crack out of an egg, stay in the nest until our mother has nurtured her baby bird into a big bird. And… What do big birds do??? THEY FLY!

We are free to do whatever we want to, whenever we want to and however we want to… apart from killing the people we hate, stealing the newest Chanel perfume and drinking alcohol from the age of 2. Regardless, of those restrictions… the sky is the limit and you can get there in whatever way you choose to.

There is no survival guide for life (because trust me, if there was I would be following it religiously) but that’s what make life so beautiful: not knowing what’s coming around the corner and indulging into the unknown. People think you need to take baby steps to achieve your dream, but why can’t I take adult ones? People think that life is all about the materialistic things, but how come the happiest countries in the world are some of the poorest? People think that the colour of my eyes, hair or skin dictates my success in life, but why can’t I achieve what I want to achieve regardless of who I am? Sometimes… Human beings need to stop thinking so much and start acting.

I apologise if today’s post has turned out to be completely weird and sound like utter nonsense but I have had 3 exams today and my brain is literally in another world full of crazy loving hiptators (you know who you are) so I really don’t know what I am doing.

Regardless I simply wanted to say this:

Life is not about what the people see, it’s about what the people can do. If they take one step forward, take five! If they climb up a building, climb a mountain! No one can tell you how to act or live! So if they do… shimmy to the left and smile, because you’re worth it!

I don’t even know if that made sense but I hope you enjoy your life vomiting rainbows, riding unicorns and eating candy from the trees because… well, there is no because.

International Women’s Day!!!

WHOOOP WHOOOP! SHOUTOUT TO ALL MY LOVELY LADIES OUT THERE! #08/03

All right, let’s calm down a bit. Many of you may be wondering what the ‘hype’ is all about?

Well, today I want to talk about women, ladies, girls and females. Today, I want to splurge out and type up a wonderfully crafted piece of work that basically keeps on praising women with a bunch of amazing achievements and positive phrases that complement such a gorgeously graceful gender.

Why? (since I still haven’t answered your question…) This is because on the 8th March – it was International Women’s Day.

This was the day in the year where people could simply praise all the ladies in the world for all the amazing work they have done and motivate them to carry on channelling their energy to accomplish many more things as the year slowly unravels. (NB: this should apply to everyone, everyday)

But why? Why do women receive so much recognition? What is the purpose of this day?

Sadly, in the past and even in our current society, woman suffer from constant discrimination and face many challenges from gender inequality. Not everyone perceives women as being strong, intelligent and passionate individuals in the world therefore they are vulnerable to constant oppression. To make matters worse, this doesn’t just occur at work, but also at school and at home – it’s everywhere!. Little comments like “Ladies first” or “Let the men do the work” don’t intentionally mean harm but can be perceived as derogatory, hence gender equality constantly lingers within our daily lives.

Rather than scapegoating women as people who belong to domestic services and people with little value in the social hierarchy, we should be pleased to see them as world leaders, athletes and medical professionals (to name the least). Consequently, changing attitudes are essential in removing any negative stigmas associated with women. Everyone is entitled to the right to work, to education and to live. Therefore, it constantly saddens me to see that extremist groups attempt to spoil  a sacred bond between such beautiful things e.g. education.

However, with the power of many great women such as Malala Yousafzai and Emma Watson we can make a change with campaigns such as #HeforShe (please watch if you have the time : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4MR5z8ybBU). Although the voice of the women is important, it is vital that the voice of the men is also acknowledged as well. Rather than trying to fight a war with 2 different groups, we should unite together to conquer gender inequality and end this war!

“Two heads are better than one…”

Therefore receiving more support is pretty amazing.

Malala Yousafzai got shot at in the head and nearly died for campaigning for women’s education, however, this hasn’t deterred her from achieving her aim. Instead of being afraid of what people or extremist think… Let’s make them scared about the new revolution that is beginning to prosper. Let’s make them scared about gender EQUALITY!

“The impossibe is possible…”

Today I have literally been binge watching ‘The Flash’; therefore, it’s a bit cheesy that the title of this post is a quote that has been used in the tv programme. However, each time I hear it, I believe it more!

Now, I know that I probably seem like some crazy person but honestly, read the quote again.

“The impossible is possible..”

What is impossible?

Everyone has their own belief of what is impossible however impossibility is only an interpretation. Its meaning changes depending on who you ask.

Some people may have said it’s impossible to fly… but we have planes

Some people may have said it’s impossible to walk on the moon… but Neil Armstrong took a leap for man kind.

Some people may have said it’s impossible to eradicate poverty… but we have halved the global poverty rate in 25 years

Rather than just thinking that things are impossible and being scared of trying to achieve them, take a dive into the deep end. Take a risk and indulge into the unknown. We have evolved so much over the years to achieve things that people would have never imagined would exist. Technology progresses so quickly, that I wouldn’t be surprised if my next door neighbour was a robot.

I’m not saying that we will see a range of superheroes flying through our streets overnight, but, I am saying that the sky is the limit and no matter what you do, don’t let any shackles tie you down. You can do whatever you want if you set your mind to it so don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. It might be a painful journey and there may be a lot of hurdles in the way, however in order to achieve success you need some hard work! Since:

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

– Vidal Sasson

At this point of my life, I have faced so many hurdles and challenges. However, I don’t let them stop me or slow me down because time waits for no one. My exams are arriving really soon and I need to be focused in order to help me achieve the ‘impossible.’ Typing blogs like this reminds me of that and hopefully it will remind you!

Today, during my interview at Woodhouse College I was asked if I have any historical figures that I look up to. I replied by saying yes and began to talk about Nelson Mandela. He could of given up after being imprisoned for 27 years and let apartheid continue, however, he didn’t. As a result, I can sit in a classroom full of different ethnicities and smile knowing that he contributed in making the impossible, possible.

I have also finished reading a book called ‘Unbroken’ (which was given to me by my amazing friend Neslihan) which was about a man called Louis Zamperini. He started off as an athlete who broke record times, he endeavoured and survived the war and he conquered his fears post-war in order to forgive and help anyone else involved or in need. All of which seemed impossible to the USA, however, his family still believed in him and so did he hence, making the impossible, possible.

So… nothing is impossible, because I’m possible… and so are you!