"My nanaji and mom have been my bigger influencers. It is because of them and how they conveyed the underpinnings of Sikhi that I am a believer. Conversations have always been informal in structure. I recall my nanaji sharing stories about his life, struggles, lessons, and how aspects of Sikhi have helped him during his toughest and most rewarding times. Even now, he gently reminds me to not forget where I come from, to always be connected to the past, to our roots, and to our family. From my mom, there has been the lesson to give back. This has become so ingrained in our family that I do it naturally, without thinking. Our family ensures we connect to our religion and visit the gurduwara during good times and bad times. I have my own practices of Sikhi. I wake up, have a shower, do my mool mantaar, and drink Amrit every morning. Every night I pray. I share this, because for me, this practice connects me to what’s important in life, provides me with the strength to deal with the day, grounds me, and helps me remember exactly who I am. It is humbling. I feel there will be some raised eyebrows that I made those personal practice statements. Within our religion there are perceptions of what Sikhs should look like, how we should practice, and so forth. However, to me Sikhi is about people from different places and a common religion keeps us humbly connected. I don’t think there should be a right and wrong of how one should look or what one does. Truthfully it is really between you and god and not between you and people. A person is free to make their own choices and look a certain way. In my books, as long as one has true intentions, prays with purity, and practices what they believe in with love then what else could we ask for? For me, this is what gets me through the trials and tribulations of life and helps me navigate my identity, which is multifaceted. My hope for my generation, especially my peer Kaurs, is to remember to be true to ourselves and not forget where we come from. We shouldn’t forget our roots. How can we do this? Conversations and discussions. With our parents, our extended families, and our community. There is an assumption that these conversations are happening, but they are not. Older generations at times think these values will naturally become ingrained. I believe having these conversation will be a stepping stone."