Every life has its share of stumbles and false starts. The dashed dreams. Accidents. Faltering relationships. Health crises. The enduring challenge for all of us, it seems, is to do our best to cope with adversity when it rears its unbidden head.
The famed poet Maya Angelou wrote, “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” How wonderful it is to hear similarly profound insights from twelve-year-old Naya Habr.
Naya Habr is a student at the Gordon School in East Providence. She lives with her family in Smithfield.