I have been reading the novel Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. It is about an American woman in the 1950s who wants to be a scientist but encounters lots of obstacles mainly because of prejudice. I was very struck by the following paragraph and I think it sums up what we should be telling our young people, especially those who may be about to embark on a new phase of their life.
‘Whenever you start doubting yourself, whenever you feel afraid, just remember. Courage is the root of change- and change is what we’re chemically designed to do. So when you wake up tomorrow, make this pledge. No more holding yourself back. No more subscribing to others’ opinion of what you can and cannot achieve. And no more allowing anyone to pigeonhole you into useless categories of sex, race, economic status and religion. Do not allow your talents to lie dormant. Design your own future. When you go home today ask yourself what you will change. And then get started.’
Wishing you all a good Shabbos.
Mrs K Brice
Headteacher – Girls’