Receiving a Diploma From The Universe
22.09.2014 20 °C
On a particularly quiet morning in Valdespartera I decided to go for a walk. Putting my headphones in I left the silent urban landscape behind and entered a world filled with game changers and innovators courtesy of NPR's TED Radio Hour. Powerful words from influencers across the globe filtered in and out, passing along knowledge that was both uplifting and inspiring.
One man in particular caught my attention, causing me to hit the 15 second rewind button several times. That man's name is Bunker Roy, and his story is one filled with women entrepreneurs. The women that he spoke of were not CEO's of Fortune 500 Companies. They didn't drive nice cars. Diploma's from top tier schools did not hang proudly on their walls.
These women were Grandmothers.
"For the first month it is disorienting. They miss their family they miss their land and my biggest bills are the mobile bills because they say, "What the hell am I doing here?" But gradually they adjust. That's why when people say, "Why didn't you send people to Africa instead of bringing the women from Africa to India?" I said, "She has to come out of her environment. She has to come out in a situation where she is challenged. So we actually create an environment where people can find something within themselves which they never thought they had and then go back to the community they come from and show what they've learned. That is how leaders are born.""
-Bunker Roy, Founder of The Barefoot College
Solar engineers. The women attending Roy's Barefoot College were learning to become solar engineers. Women who, prior to their college experience, were expected to live in the shadows of men.
The Barefoot College helped me to stand up and realize that we are capable of creating immense change.
This is my opportunity to find something within myself. To love deeper, to soak in every moment. Each day I spend here is a gift. A chance to learn a new way of life.
I am engineering my future.
As I turned the corner onto Calle El Paciente Ingles I looked around at the rows of apartments filled with people who were engineering their lives. An overwhelming sense of togetherness washed over me and I felt, for the first time, connected to this place and the beautiful people that surrounded me.
Poco a poco, todo va a estar bien.
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