"I questioned my identity for many years. Other than in legal documents, I didn’t identify as a Kaur. I always wondered and questioned why it was there. I found there to be a paradox between my baptized grandparents, non-baptized parents, and a religion I was supposed to follow. No one took the time to explain it and I didn’t have the opportunity to dig deeper. I had what so many of us have… first generation syndrome, where we are unsure of where we fit in exactly. I always had a feeling of being an inner queen, but never really had the permission to let it out. I have a memory of being in India when I was four years old, holding my great great grandfather’s hand. He was a magnificent man, tall and dressed impeccably in his blue dastar, who was astonished that even at 4 years old, my mannerisms and speech were like a wise old woman. He would tell me my name should be Narayni, like an old woman and in response I would say no no, I am a maharani.” When my nana ji passed away five years ago, it jolted me to explore spirituality to confront my grief and my identity struggle. There was nowhere to turn, but inwards. I was at Amritsar and felt like I was embraced by something divine and untouchable, I was finally welcomed home. This was the kickstarter to understanding it is a privilege to be connected to this religion, which to me is really a way of life. It was then that I began to separate from the dogma about Sikhism and really explored the juice, depth, of the wisdom which is simply love. To me, being a Kaur is being purposeful. Using life to uplift people and the world. As time goes forward, a Kaur takes others with her. There is strength, grace and wisdom associated with being a Kaur, but there is also humility. Rather than wasting life and focusing on the dogma of the religion, being connected to the heart. I believe our main question should be, “are we being purposeful?” Up until these realizations, I never really felt like I fit in. This project has given me the opportunity to embrace that I too am a Kaur and that I don’t have to look a certain way to be accepted. We should be proud of who we are, connect, and embrace the queenship that we are bestowed."