Making history or taking a step?

April 23rd.

The day my people made me believe again. Victorious against a corrupt dictator-in-the-making, they showed that staying strong and united by a cause and standing up to one’s beliefs through non-violent means can and does work.

Today, on the eve of the 104th commemoration of the Genocide of the Armenian people, I am reminded of the resilience of my small tribe of people, who despite being nearly annihilated found strength to rebuilt a blossoming new culture on top of their unhealed scars.

Today is also the day my grandma would have turned 79. A woman of unbendable strength and unshaken serenity with an uplifting spirit on which we all soared, she still reminds me of my responsibility to hold the torch up high and work towards something bigger than I can ever imagine: to go forward and never look back.

Today is also a very hard day for me as a mom, taking care of my sick daughter, who is fighting something nasty with a stoic and smile on her face. I am humbled to be there for her and reassure and cheer her up despite my fears.

It’s never an easy road, never clear whether you’ll reach your destination, but the effort is what matters. The history you make in the process will write itself.

Coincidentally or not, today was the first time I re-watched the Lion King with my daughter, and Elton John´s soulful wisdom resonated so deeply with how I feel today..

There’s far too much to take in here

More to find than can ever be found

But the sun rolling high through the sapphire sky

Keeps great and small on the endless round

In the circle of life, it’s the wheel of fortune

It’s the leap of faith, it’s the band of hope

Till we find our place on the path unwinding

In the circle of life

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