Name: Musarat Rahman

Social Media Handle/Username: @__m.rahmani on instagram

Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: I am a young girl originally from Essex, living in London. I have been fairly exposed to hardships in life especially recently that traumatise me and heightens my anxiety, but I use that negative energy to channel it into something bigger and better everyday. Recently I have connected back to my hobbies that I love such as music, sports and dance. Also reconnecting my relationship with God, believing in a higher power and being more spiritual.

What Inspires You Every day? : I believe we all have a purpose in life, we are all placed in this world destined for greatness and beyond. Many of us are so privileged to have modern day problems such as exam stress, mobile data running out etc whereas kids around the world living in countries of war such as Palestine would love to trade their lives to have our problems. We must be so grateful and drive our work ethic knowing we are supported every step of the way by our peers and must do the same for others.

What is some words of wisdom you live by?: “Life goes on” really settles in me when I know things are moving faster than I initially anticipated. We must be excited for what is yet to come, take the pain as experience and move on.
“Never beg anyone to see your worth, you must see it yourself first” it’s really easy to let your emotions get influenced by how others treat us, but you have to know the evil eye is out there, people can be so cruel but you have to remain true to yourself.

What is your ultimate goal in life? : My ultimate goal in life is to allow others to recognize their ability. There’s millions of people that are doctors, lawyers, engineers etc who follow written guidelines and although they leave great impacts in our lives we don’t remember them for their uniqueness, it’s for you as an individual to be different in a way others admire you for it. As a part time dance teacher to younger kids, I make sure every session they believe in their potential, leaving the room feeling empowered despite getting some moves wrong, they can find a hobby where they can turn something they feel so heavy in their heart into something beautiful like visual art. When the kids come back and cherish me for being there for them, it’s the best feeling.

How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : The pandemic has really and truly opened my eyes to many things. It has been one of the toughest years of my life and I was in a really dark place, in fact I’m grateful to be here and for the doctors that saved my life on the day I tried to leave everything behind. Before the pandemic I was really sociable, signing up to every opportunity and just full of joy. I think the detachment from society in general in a way we’re not humanly functioned to, can really affect your mentality and question your presence in society. It takes a pandemic for you to appreciate your loved ones, taking time for yourself. This year has taught me to love myself more than ever, going to a new cafe, walking down a new street, wearing something I’d never wear before, exploring the outdoors all by myself.

What is a message you would like to give others? : You’ll never know if you don’t try, let yourself be vulnerable to getting hurt, the risks, because they will ultimately shape you into an amazing person. Please reach out when you need to, I go therapy 3 times a week and I am not afraid to admit it, it proves you are willing to be the best version of yourself and that’s something to be glad about.

What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: I’m just like anyone else really, an average teenager still learning and growing, it’s been a pleasure to do this interview and get my word out there even if 1 person takes something away from this.

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