Humans of Pearson is a series of interviews with students and staff with the goal of showcasing the diverse individuals that make up our school. We all have a story to share about our struggles and successes. We are all humans, so let’s treat each other with dignity and respect.
Written by: Farah Azim – Grade 10
According to Justin Bieber’s infamous song, As Long As You Love Me, there are approximately seven billion people in the world (that’s seven with nine zeros). And the world’s population is increasing every second. And each person born in our world, has their own, personalized expositions and conflicts for their story. Basically, there’s over seven billion living stories in this universe!
My goal: to get a little closer to that goal of seven billion stories.
So why not start here?
“I don’t know what to say,” my first interviewee had shrugged when I had asked her my first question. I kept urging her, eager to find out something that the typical person would not know about her.
The experiences that a person goes through in their life is unique to other people’s experiences. People may go through the same things, but the essential details are never the same. We all have a collective of experiences unlike any other.
“I’ve been in one of the biggest earthquakes in Pakistan,” she remembered. “The earthquake was an 8.4 and we were so scared! Later that night, our neighbours kindly let us stay at their house for one night and provided us with food.”
A lot of those memories – those moments of pure glee and gratitude are memorable due to the people who are part of that memory. Their presence helps outline these memories in a permanent silver lining.
“On my birthday, my friends planned out a whole birthday surprise without me knowing. And that’s when I realized that I have such amazing friends that would actually take time to do all this for me,” she shared, smiling at the memory.
And every story has a lesson. Something the main character(s) learn after going through a series of events. They also have memorable scenes within the covers that the author manages to etch deeply into your soul – like the revelation of Snape’s crush on Harry’s mother in Harry Potter. Lesson for that scene: don’t bully any kid because for all that you know, they might end up living longer than you. But they end up dead at the end anyways… But still, let’s abolish bullying.
“The most important lesson that I’ve ever learned was from my mother. And she said that in life, if anyone treats you badly or does something to hurt you in a way, it doesn’t mean that you need to do the same back,” she elaborated. “Just ignore it and live life like they did nothing that hurt you and treat them with respect and kindness.”
Lessons are made to set a goal to change a person. Whenever we take that pause in our daily lives to think, “Shoot, shouldn’t have done that,” we are making a goal to become effective and efficient human beings.
“This lesson is important because it will help me become a more responsible and humble person,” added Enas Amir.
The things we learn in life make us self-aware and force us to think before we engage ourselves. In a way, the bad experiences we go through help make us better people by showing us how we can improve ourselves and our lives.
So far, I’ve gathered two memories and a lesson. These are just snippets from the story that is Enas Amir, a fellow student at Pearson who you may just pass by. But remember, every person you pass by is exceptional. Will you take the time to discover the exceptionality of the individuals you brush by?
6 999 999 999 to go.