Ghada Dalak Kaboub
My Big Sister and a Real Wonder Woman
Ghada is six years older than me, and thanks to that age difference I had the privilege to be guided by her ever since I was born. For a long time I considered her my second mother and would refer to her while growing up especially when I would get in trouble at school and needed to bring in my parents.
Thanks to Ghada I grew up faster than I would have without her tracing the way ahead. I was her shadow and probably a bit annoying as a younger sister, yet she never let me feel that. She allowed me to read her “grown up” books, explained to me what I didn’t understand and mostly initiated me into social life. Ghada supported me in exploring my emotions as a young girl, my frustration of being a girl and not being allowed to do certain things, my frustration of being in the middle between my siblings and feeling different as if I didn’t belong to this family, this society, this culture…
Most importantly, Ghada taught me how to be patient, how to take things into perspective and keep freedom within regardless of outside circumstances and environment.
Ghada’s sentence that sticks with me is that ‘all is good’ and her calm and grounded way of being would sometimes drive me crazy as I wanted to shake things up and wouldn’t accept things as they are. She inspires me by her courage and commitment to growth, personal development and freedom. She is a beacon of light in my life and I feel her unconditional love and acceptance of who I am, supporting me each step of my way.
I love you, sistoutch!