""To be nobody but yourself in a world that's doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting." The powerful words of E.E. Cummings resonate with both a New York Times article on the war in Afghanistan and my life. On May 16, 1988, Soviet troops were pulled out of Afghanistan and sent back to their families and their lives. On that same day, I was brought into the world, thus began my life. Growing up, I faced a multitude of challenges-- both academically and personally. Yet with each circumstance, I found the strength to defeat the enemy, feeling like my mission was complete. However, much like the war in Afghanistan, I would later discover that though a battle had been won, the war was far from over. Everyday I struggle to invade and successfully defeat the demons in my mind. I must always be prepared for unexpected events, thoughts, feelings and emotions and make sure it is truly me reacting and not the enemy. Since the 1970's Afghanistan has been punctuated by foreign occupations, including the 1979 Soviet invasion and the 2001 US-led invasion in attempts to overthrow the Taliban government. The significance of this article reminds me that life is a journey through which the unexpected happens--irony is a norm and the unpredictable will happen. Captain Shevelov exclaimed, "All wars are terrible. We have completed our mission and now we are glad to return to our homes." 21 years have passed and foreign power has struggled to bring peace to Afghanistan and for 21 years I have struggled to bring peace into my own life."
that trigger my demons. But I'm still fighting, still finding my way through the journey to my Emerald City. And I'm ok.
Blogs remind me of the potential each and every individual possess. As I read, I often wonder, 'when will this rock star recognize her (or his) potential?' The thought provoked yet another (shocker). While studying at the library, I came across a widely accepted theory in psychology. The theory states that all human beings are born with a predispositions for certain behaviors and/or disorders, but it's the environment that triggers whether or not the genetic influence will be expressed. I am confident that every beautiful soul behind the computer screen will have their 'aha' moment. Don't give up, the time will come when it's meant to. Trust the process-- the journey that we call life. I won't give up and I'll keep reading, and writing, for continuous inspiration.