Each person's creed is cultivated by personal life experiences of hardship. When enduring and rising above those situations, the seeds of creed are planted and create a vision and pathway to guide us to each next step of our life. Most commonly, creed is cultivated from parent/sibling/family experiences but can also be cultivated from friend/social group events as well as school experiences with peers and teachers in the educational realm. Creed is constant. It is ever changing based on each person's growth and movement through life phases and experiences.
A piece of my creed is to carry out my Indian culture here in America. When I was growing up, my parents made it very obvious to hold onto our roots, to celebrate our holidays even though we’re miles away from our home country, and we did that through dancing. I grew up on a stage, wearing fancy indian outfits, and letting the music take me away. Every year, I would do two dances of two different styles, with two different groups. As years passed, I got more excited each and every year. Coming and leaving practice with a smile on my face. It was one of the only things that was a part of my culture that I could hold on to other than family traditions.
Another fragment of my creed is loving unconditionally. The relationship between me and my father hasn’t always been there in a caring, loving, helpful and responsible fashion. He has often been in and out of my life based on his actions which then lead to my actions of being loving and comforting in a way he never was. As I was learning to move on from that part of my life, I didn’t just write poetry to help cope, but I wrote poetry to inspire and help others move on from dark and unpleasant times. At my diversity assembly at Avondale High School, I shared a poem about mental health. My intended audience were those who feel alone, unvalued and unloved. To encourage others to stay positive and provide support at all times. My creed also showed through my actions of speaking in front of a crowd about anti-bullying. I shared and spoke through passion and with a big heart to those who many feel like they’re alone and unloved.
Overall my passion for loving with a big heart and for dancing to continue to celebrate my culture is a reflection of my creed.