YOUTH AMBASSADOR – PARAMJOT KAUR (USA) Paramjot Kaur, is our SPICE4LIFE Youth Ambassador for New York. We asked her about her SPICE4LIFE and what makes her tick. What is your SPICE4LIFE? That thing that you live for? That you are passionate about? That excites and motivates you? My SPICE4LIFE is my writing. I love to write and I aspire to share my ideas with all who wish to be a part of it. Writing is powerful. It can deliver ground-shattering messages in subtle, quiet ways. Through channeling empowering prose do my beliefs and values flow into the stream of consciousness. Words are meant to be understood, not glossed over as a requirement for a generic assignment. Words are meant to touch the soul, to rest upon the edge of a reader’s mind and allow her to view the world in a new lens. I was inspired to do what I do because … In the country of India, where I’m from, there is a culture that enforces a “mum” behavior in the public environment as well as traditional households. Women are not allowed to talk about creative ideas, to choose their own paths, to be free. It’s difficult not solely because of physical external forces telling them outright to continue being herded along the traditional path of a woman in rural India. Rather, there are circumstances they must also adhere and adapt to. For a village girl in India, life is domestic, it’s considered honorable. The domestic female is a symbol of dignity and honor to a household. For her to run around free or laugh outright in front of elders is considered disrespectful. It’s difficult to foster passions in such a life. While some are amazed by Western beliefs, most prefer not to step out of the comfort zone and embrace an expanded life where they’re allowed to voice their beliefs. I define success as … Being happy with what you have and who you have it with. It’s about being about to say “yes, I didn’t settle for that. I bettered it and then achieved it.” My best “switch-off” strategy is … Yoga! Meditation is key for any situation. The leadership qualities I most admire are … Communicating so effectively that every idea goes from the muddled introductory state to a crystal, pristine shape that can be seen as applicable and useful. A good leader has the ability to deliver value to something being presented. Another quality is the skill to develop a close-knit team that supports similar values and ideals. When you work with like-minded people who look up to you, it’s art in motion. The thing that gets me through the tough times… Is my journal. My life’s motto is … “Everything happens for a good reason.” The thing I wish for the most is … A world where no one is afraid to take a chance, a place where everyone greets each other kindly and values their presence. This world is brimming with optimism and the appreciation of being human, of being down to Earth, where there is no discrimination, no extremism. This world harbors creativity alone– no destruction. This world contains no poverty, no sufferers on the streets—no sufferers at all. Everyone took care of one another. Amongst the kindness, there would be a healthy amount of competition and ambition. With these two ingredients, there is progression and development! Do you consider yourself a superhero? Why/Why not? I consider myself a superhero. I love being optimistic. Appreciating life is a fun rule for me! The fact that I’m able to think, to value, to believe, to inspire, to aspire, and be me is a wonder. It’s a gift! I feel powerful being myself and with this confidence, I always aim to bring sunshine into someone’s life, whether it be a phone call to a friend or some stranger I happen to meet randomly one day while sitting together on the train. I may be one person but big movements always start out small. I spread happiness daily, through people, through words. Earning a smile is an achievement. Well, we think that you MARVEL-lous! So…. If you could choose one person to call on when ‘in battle’, who would it be? My sister. We go through everything together. We face every battle united! What was the toughest battle you ever had to over come? Bullying. It was a tough time in middle school. Elementary school was a warm bubble of security and peace. Middle school was filled with unfamiliar faces that didn’t hold the same respect and equality beliefs I hold close to me. I can proudly say today that I’ve conquered that battle and came out shining with healed wounds and lessons learned. When did you officially become a hero… when was your big break? I became a hero when I became a sevaa member at my temple. In my religion, Sikishm, sevaa is known as selfless service. I help make food for all who enter the temple, I serve the lunch, clean the mirrors, and help decorate during holidays. What does your super suit look like? My super suit is my favourite salwar kameez, blue-green embedded with rhinestones and adorned with and comfortable shoes. This dress makes me feel closer to Earth and makes me feel human! An outfit for both friendly feel-good outings as well as any cultural event. It represents me! Cultural and full of personality. What is your secret weapon that you save to help you against only the toughest of villains? “Kill them with kindness.” If there was only one place in the world you could save, where would it be? This place would be Antarctica. It’s one of the purest places on our planet and contains the largest icebergs. Our planet is already 75% water. If Antarctica melts over, the poor polar bears, penguins, seals are done for and so are we! What do you do when you are not saving the world? I’m catching up on my reading! I try to entertain a variety of genres. One day I’m reading Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the next I’m reading some sci-fi novel like Stephanie Meyer’s The Host! If we had to repay you for saving the world, how would we celebrate? We would celebrate with fireworks and laughter, all of us sitting together by a beach, surrounding a cosy campfire! What is your ultimate superpower? My ultimate superpower is my positive thinking. It’s always mind over matter. If I believe I can achieve something, then nothing can stop me. What is the “thing” that you think we need in order to save the world? The thing we need is understanding. We have to be able to decide what to overlook and what to address. There are so many issues we refuse to face because of the negative values associated with them. With understanding and patience, we can reach acceptance. My superhero mantra is… “It’s not the situation that is the deciding factor. The ultimate result lies in the way you react to it.” Find out more about our AMBASSADORS. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.