Wonder Makes Me Turn the Desert into a Mirror | Sama Alshaibi, multimedia artist

Wonder Makes Me Turn the Desert into a Mirror | Sama Alshaibi, multimedia artist


Wonder makes me get up everyday and try harder. Wonder is the vitality of life. Wonder is in the present. It looks towards the future and it definitely recognizes the past. Ask me that two more times, I’ll give ten more answers, I don’t know. My name is Sama Alshaibi and wonder gave me a voice. It made me believe in that voice. That voice belonged. You can’t be from a place like Iraq or Palestine and have gone through the past several decades without having hope. Education to me is the most serious thing there is. Its probably what saved my own life. It’s a very delicate balance between inspiring your students and having them hopeful and full of wonder. How do you experience it for yourself? That you’re not just projecting what you already know about it. You know? Why don’t we just start with honoring who we actually are? We’re a country obsessed with perfection and I just don’t think that’s very interesting or realistic. That’s the hardest thing, right? To just take that mask off and be plainly who you are. I am trusted to help these young people become their fullest selves. To me, being an artist is who I am. You don’t have to be anybody else, but what you are. Wonder gives me courage.

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