As I continue to meet and engage with more people I get asked quite a few questions. Why do you do it? What keeps you excited? What drives you? Excited, exuberant, and hastily I begin to answer. For those who have seen me talk about what we, the Jakara Movement, do you’ll know that as I write this I have that same smile on my face as I do when I talk to someone.
Recently, I had the opportunity to once again be at one of my favorite programs-Jakara Juniors (for the record, I have many favorites-Bhujangan: Kaur Leadership Retreat, Kaur Voices, Bhujangi Youth Academy, and so many more). It was here, once again, I was reminded what continues to drive me. It was here that a young 12-year old said “I didn’t know about Shaheed Jaswant Singh Khalra. I didn’t know someone could be abducted 19 years ago. I’m glad I learned this. I’m going to go home and learn more.” It is young minds like this that drive me and keep me going. It is not only that this young individual learned something, but her mind had the thirst to learn more. She thought about what she learned. This is one more individual than before who knows a little more about our history, our roots, and who we are. It is individuals like her that allow me to feel like we are making progress.
It’s about creating a space in which these children feel comfortable. We as a community need to recognize and create ways in which children, teenagers, young adults, and even adults feel comfortable. We must make an active effort to make sure our youth have positive sangat to engage with.
The journey is never-ending. Each of us can always learn more, help someone out, and create change. The journey is not an easy one. It takes time, perseverance, and even courage. The journey is a worthwhile one. We grow, empower, and build.
This is what allows me to keep going. Will you keep going?