Amreen Hossain

Fri Oct 16 2020 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)


“I believe that everything happens for a reason. A remarkable number of events in my life have been a result of fate. I randomly saw my biological father in a commercial on ZTV Bangla when I was young. His face and name on the bottom of the screen stuck in my memory long enough for me to track him down years later. I had no interest in keeping a close relationship with him, but meeting him was something I needed to do. As I got older, the universe brought me one of my closest friends from South Africa, who went on to introduce me to my significant other who lives 7 minutes away from me. As time went on, it became harder to identify these fated moments because I tried so hard to keep life in order.

I came to know the CEO of Children of 1971 when I joined the team and later found out we were first cousins. We clicked from the moment she did my phone interview, during the peak of the pandemic. It felt like I was reconnecting with someone I knew from childhood, and in fact, I was. We shared similar passions and an interest in understanding people. Being able to connect with her was refreshing because the older you get, the harder it is to make true friends.

I’m a very calculated person. I like to think 12 steps ahead, but I can’t prepare for everything. I was choosing from A, B, and C, only to find out that most questions aren’t even multiple choice. No one tells you when life-changing moments are going to happen, and sometimes we can’t comprehend when they do. Those are instances where we grow. Raw, novel moments are what make us who we are.

These moments are not always positive. No one prepares you for the last time you see or speak to someone. You can’t always brace yourself for when something traumatic happens. Salient moments, both good and bad, teach us. Those seconds of a day we reminisce over, they can harden or soften us, but they undoubtedly shape us.

The universe always has something in store for us.”