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Growing Through the Concrete

A youth from Hope Bloom shares their thoughts on overcoming obstacles, and growing resilient and strong, to be a role model for others in their community.

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“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

— Booker T. Washington

Growing Resilient

The struggles of creating a youth driven social impact movement in a marginalized community and growing organic food to feed a community are real. It is a process that we are learning to accept and grow with, just as a plant grows deep roots against the friction of the winds that sometimes threaten its survival. We call it growing in resiliency.

Growing up my favorite childhood television show was Avatar: The Last Airbender. This show provided so many life lessons, subtly infusing them within the entertaining cartoon. Moreover, the importance of friendship and coming together as one is the key theme in the show.

We are all one people

“The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation. Things you think are separate and different are actually one and the same. We are all one people, but we live as if divided.”

— Guru Pathik.

Youth from Hope Blooms

Guru Pathik argues for a world of togetherness united although different, instead of separate. A world we live in today riddled by many dividers. Our egos sometimes too big to even have empathy for others. Nonetheless we are all one people, and we should act like it, regardless of someone’s race, sexual orientation or class. Hence why we believe, “Beauty and brilliance do not have a postal code”. Success is not constrained by stigmas or stereotypes of the region in which you reside.

By succumbing to these labels placed upon you, this can effect you. Our appearance and status is a small fraction of what one is made of. It is easy to make judgements on a person based off what they look like. But, it is very difficult to read one’s heart and true intentions.The youth in my community are making a better future.

Beauty and excellence

I want all of us to have an equal chance of success despite our ethnicity and the challenges we face every day in our neighbourhood. As a role model to many of these youth, they count on me to overcome the various challenges they face; therefore, I must make sure I can become successful, because beauty and excellence isn’t determined by your postal code.

Youth from Hope Blooms, Halifax

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