As has been done by Shweta Katti, an eighteen year old girl from Mumbai. A couple of days back, the media was abuzz with her news. She was listed by Newsweek as one of the 25 under-25 young women to watch out for. Besides, The Times of India, New Delhi edition of Monday , August 5, 2013 (p.9) broke the news under the caption ” From red-light zone , Mumbai teen makes it to US varsity: 200 people pool in to fund her education” .
She recently flew to New York to pursue a four year psychology course at the Bard University.
Watch Shweta on YouTube. She comes out as an honest, bold, and confident person. She displays tremendous courage in accepting the people and situations as they are and takes full responsibility for her life with grit and determination. She reminds me of a poem by the Lebanese artist, poet, writer, Kahlil Gibran :
“Your children are not your children,
They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
But seek not to make them like you…”
Each one of us is gifted, special, and unique…a product of our values / Sanskaras… like Shweta…