Wow. I don’t know how long I’ve waited to write a tribute to my mama.
I was a less than average student who wanted to drop out of middle school. Today, at age 30, I have a postgraduate education and an attitude of lifelong learning.
Gazala Tarannum Shaikh, a woman I’m lucky to call mother, made this possible.
To paraphrase Drake, I started at the bottom, now I’m here. And I owe it all to her love, grit, and encouragement.
To know how she did it, read my latest SheSapiens article Confessions Of A Bad Student: I Owe My Education To My Mother
For the record, I want to clarify that I’m not one to glorify degrees and big educational institutions. One shouldn’t even shell out big wads of cash to get an education. But this does not mean one should be ignorant. Whether your education is online or offline, from a renowned university or from a local institution, learning is crucial. Because knowledge is power. It helps you figure out your interests, even your place in the world.
And in my case, learning taught me discipline and failure built my resilience. Both are helping me pursue my dream of living an authentic life, no matter how hard it gets.