I knew I could do it


     What if you were told when you were little that one of your legs was not “normal”?  And what if you chose to prove those words wrong?   Meet Shaiq. 

HERE are pictures from when our class went camping. These pictures were taken around 9:30 p.m.  I climbed a tower that was really difficult, but I made it up to the top!  It was so much fun.  I told my dorm parent that I wanted to climb the tower.  He asked me, “Do you think you can do it?”  I told him “Yes!”  And so he said that I could try. When I climbed to the top and came back down he told me that he could not imagine that I could make it all the way to the top.

     I tried because I told myself that I could do it.  I believed in my ability and so I climbed it. Three times I climbed a smaller tower. But this one was much harder than the smaller tower. I just knew I could do it.  Also everyone told me, “You can do it, you can do it!”  When I saw there were lots of people who wanted me to do it, then I did it for them and for myself.  And I did it for people who are in my situation and for my beautiful Afghanistan and for my SOLA sisters. [SOLA: School of Leadership, Afghanistan, is the school Shaiq went to for almost seven years before coming to study in America.]

     When I reached the top I was really tired and I was sweating. But I felt like now I can do anything in this world just like I did this.  When I was tired in the middle of the climb my friends all were shouting, “You can do it!”  It made me stronger and stronger until I did do it! —Shaiq

……………………………………….……...…..Shaiq is now studying in America at a wonderful school called Rabun Gap. He will eventually return to Afghanistan to help his country. 


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