I cherish my past as a refugee because my experience fleeing Pakistan with my family when I was just 12 years old made me the risk-taker I am today. Those days were trying and challenging, but they never crushed my spirit. I watched as my parents persevered to create a new life in America when everything was unfamiliar. I learned that I was capable of leaving everything I knew—my home, my country, my friends, and my family—and surviving. Dare I say, I can even thrive. And I've discovered along the way that the best things happen when we live boldly.
Here's some wisdom I've gained from my bold choices.