You All Make the Impossible Possible
To each of you, I thank you very deeply for being a major part of my Ashoka decade. How privileged I have been to share this journey with you, to be part of this fight for a world filled with more opportunities for all. You taught me never, ever, to give up or stop dreaming or stop flying. You showed me that if we are not able to discard the prejudices that separate us from the "others", the "different", we will never wholly be. That only when all of us - the poor, gays, indigenous, fat, bullied, unemployed, abused women and children, deaf, people with disabilities, slave children, “colifatos”, malnourished, blind, people with Down Syndrome - can be full citizens, we will be able to say that we are all in this together. That if we want to change a system, it is useless to do it from the outside; you still need to keep one foot inside to be able to influence it properly. That the sustainability of organizations is not what matters; what matters is the sustainability of the change those organizations actually generate. That there's nothing like a good laugh to bring a bit of healing levity when reality becomes too harsh. That it is worthwhile committing your life to a dream. You all make the impossible possible. Hey, now this is already becoming an Oscar speech, and I feel that I haven´t even started to express what these years have meant to me. I believe that most important of all, you have challenged me to become a better woman. For that, Thank you!
And the incredible image that I will cherish forever in my heart: all of us in a circle at the Latin America "All Fellows" meeting. It conveys energy, identity, commitment, love and above all, possibilities. There are so many amazing stories that at some point I could certainly write a book, so I will not bore you anymore. But it makes me think: cuanta cosa linda.