When I watched this video for the 2nd (and 3rd) time, I felt incredibly moved- to tears. I was so touched by his resilience and his ability to overcome these challenges. I’m sure there were many, many times when he wanted to give up, but he didn’t. So this raises the following questions for me:
- What does it take to truly believe in someone?
- What does it take for someone to develop that level of internal grit and perseverance?
There are many challenges that the students in our city of Berkeley face. We have students who are homeless, in foster care, who face the threat of drugs and violence on a daily basis. These are serious obstacles in their path. But if they can develop the skills they need to overcome this adversity, they will succeed. We, as a community, must ensure that happens.