You've been complaining of living in a pit,
Yet never tried to climb out of it.
You're sick and tired of potentials unfulfilled,
And a heart burdened by doubts and guilt.
So why, why don't you try to step out,
and cry out loud to call back your dreams,
and the passions that once filled your young heart.
Why don't you fight back the sweeping stream,
and take the unbeaten path towards a fresh start.
Just take heart, throw your darts, and believe,
that all realities were once upon a time a dream.
Meet poet, refugee advocate, and Humphrey Fellow Mirette Bahgat.
MOXIEmoment. “I’ve been always writing,” said Mirette, “but I stopped for 7-8 years because I couldn’t get in touch with my creative side.” Then in 2015, she turned to her creative outlet to reconnect with herself and her creative side and decided to take a year off. “It was what I was dreaming to do my whole life. I got in touch with my creative side-I published a couple of short stories, won a literary award, finished a novella, published an ebook on Amazon, traveled, started meditating, and became mindful.”
Mirette’s role model. Her grandmother. She was the first woman in Egypt who studied environmental science. “I remember her always being very present. She had lots of energy and was an influential and strong woman. She symbolizes strong women to me.” Her grandmother showed her that being a strong woman didn’t mean you were independent and tough all the time-it also means you have grace in your weakness.
Her challenge into an opportunity. One of her biggest was when she graduated from college and worked in a bank because “everybody was doing it and telling me to do it.” It was her worst time ever: “I did not belong.” It felt like a prison and she hated it. However, everyone around was saying, “This is real life. Quit dreaming. Accept it.” Not Mirette-she didn’t accept it. She switched careers and received scholarships for graduate school and is now studying for a year in Minneapolis.
Mirette’s favorite author. Toni Morrison. “She’s very powerful.” Mirette is rereading Beloved and it reminds her of what black girls go through. Toni’s description of the pain is so poetic, she feels like she’s reading poetry.
And the future? Mirette wants to collect ideas for her first novel. “It’s scary to write a novel, but I have to do it. It’s inside of me. It’s time for me to see myself as a writer.”
Her advice to the reader? “Go for your dreams even they scare or too unrealistic. Respect them. This is the only thing allow you to be who you are.”
Want to know more about MOXIEmirette? This is the link to her ebook https://www.amazon.com/Coffin-Roses-Mirette-Bahgat-ebook/dp/B017M7S24Y and this is one of the flash fiction that was published a year ago https://afreada.com/2016/03/18/a-house-in-the-sky-by-mirette-bahgat/ which was awarded the Madalyn Lamont literary award from the American University in Cairo.
And, Mirette will be one of the panelists at the International Day of the Girl conference on October 9th. http://www.puttingwomeninpower.com/idg2016/ Come by and ask her a question.
Mirette is definitely one to be heard and seen! MOXIEit Mirette!