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A Slum Survivor from Mumbai
I am not an Olympic athlete
I have not climbed mount Everest
I have not trekked across the Antarctic
I have not swum an ocean
But I have survived the unforgiving slums of Mumbai, the toughest university in the world! I have survived journeys to work each day knowing each one could be my last, where 4000 people die each year falling from the local trains. I have lived in a city with a million people per square mile and where the environment can be so unforgiving it can feel totally hopeless to even try. I have learnt to survive the impossible every day, because if I didn’t, I would die.
When dealing with total hopelessness the only thing that keeps you going is hope itself and a very strong survival instinct. Every day is a lesson in resilience and mindset.