The love and support has been great after my video & interview aired on CNN. However there has been no shortage of hate mail and death threats directed at me and my family. I am lucky that my husband is my solid pillar of support. He stands behind everything I do and together we are raising an intelligent six-year-old daughter. I am not ignorant to the fact that there are people here and abroad who might not like the things I say and they have made it a point to tell me that they can hurt me and my family. I however cannot allow narrow-mindedness and ignorant thinking of the few to stop me from speaking against the horrible atrocities that are happening in the name of religion.
Last evening as I walked from my office to the car, I instantaneously had this feeling that someone was following me. At first I tried not to look back but then I did and it was just someone walking awfully close to me. I took a few quick steps and rushed to my car cautiously looking around as if some one was watching or following me. As soon as I sat in the car I had this vision of my lifeless body lying on the street and the first thing that came to my mind was what will my daughter think why did I do what I did and so as I drove home I continued to think that if there was one thing that I could teach my daughter what would that be.
So after giving it much thought I would like to tell her to live a life without fear. I would say: my princess I want you to live a life on your own terms. Do not let the fear of what someone else might think hold you back. Pursue your dreams and passion without fear of what society or people might say. Speak your mind and stand with what is right no matter how hard it is. Don’t fear your own mistakes or shortfalls. In life we all make mistakes and you will too. I hope your will learn to forgive and accept yourself for who you are. In the end don’t fear change it is the only constant in this world.
And with that let’s get back to what is important & that’s living in the moment & living our life to the fullest!