We had the good fortune of connecting with Basma Adams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Basma, how do you think about risk?
I believe that risk taking is what enables a person to reach new heights and experiences that otherwise may have not been thought ‘possible.’ Risks are only achieved when you’re willing to push boundaries. Personally, my own risks in life have payed off because at the end of the day I truly believe in my passion and determination to the things I dedicate my time to! Believing in yourself is half the battle when it comes to conquering a risk you take. When you take a risk, whether it works out in your favor or not, the gift of it all is that you will walk away learning an extremely valuable lesson. Thanks to the chance you took on yourself, you end up growing from the experience and thus you become a stronger person. Truthfully, whether you think so in the moment or not, risks ARE worth it because of the person you evolve into thanks to taking it!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I consider myself a creative because the things that bring me the most joy include interacting and speaking to other people, writing, and creating content that both educates and inspires others. I started my journey in public advocacy at 10 years old. Little did I know I would fall in love with writing my own speeches, meeting people from diverse backgrounds and parts of the world, and truly enjoy educating others on what it’s like to live with type one diabetes… but that’s exactly what happened! Throughout my journey I realized that I wasn’t only educating others, but I was learning more about myself and the world I lived in through my experiences! The path has not been easy, because it wasn’t always natural for me to share so much about my diabetes with others. Growing up as a toddler, young child, teenager, and young adult with diabetes brings its own share of challenges. Throughout it all, I’ve gained self-love and self-confidence that only comes through experiencing life’s lows and highs. I like to say I grew “into” myself and it’s allowed me to become the woman I am today, which I am so grateful for! But most of all, I learned who I am and what I stand for – with or without diabetes. While my diagnosis is a part of my life, it is not ALL of me! Being diagnosed at 3 years old is scary, but it’s also provided me with some crucial life lessons and crazy life experiences that I would NEVER take back! The biggest lesson I’ve learned through my advocacy and journey to support other people who may be doubtful of themselves and unsure of how to fully accept their diabetes is this – we wake up everyday to serve a purpose that only WE can serve! We all have beautiful and unique gifts to bring to the table and life’s too short not to share them with the world. The second lesson I share with everyone is that change and self-acceptance is NOT overnight – it takes years sometimes. You might not see progress in the moment because of where you are standing on the mountain. I promise if you take a few steps back and take it all in from the top, you’ll see the height you’ve climbed!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am always attracted to body’s of water – I think the ocean is one of the most calming places and it’s where you can find me if I’m stressed, want to relax, or need a place to escape. We’d start the day at one of my two favorite secret beach views, or what I like to call the “secret portals of Narnia.” If we’re feeling up to catching the sunrise, we’d make our way down to the swing that sits atop Scripps Pier and overlooks the best view of La Jolla Shores. I love this spot because it makes you feel like you’re on top of the world looking down at the vast ocean of blue waves! Next, we’d make time to stop for coffee at Caroline’s Seaside cafe, where we’d enjoy the sounds of the waves crashing onto the cliffs by making our way out to the back of the restaurant and leaning against it’s ledge – my second “secret” hideout spot, but one that’s frequently visited by La Jolla natives. We’d make time to walk up and down the heart of downtown La Jolla, I personally love it at night during the holidays when there are lights strewn on the trees and Californian’s break out their jackets for the brisk 60 degree weather – something about it makes it feel like we actually experience seasons here! If it aligns, we’d make sure to hit up the La Jolla Farmer’s market on the weekend. Such a fun place to check out the locally farmed veggies, fruits, and specially sourced honey. You can’t leave without a fresh bouquet of flowers and a camera roll of pictures to document vibrant colors of produce you witnessed! Sometime in between we’d make sure to caffeinate ourselves again – the Brick and Bell Cafe was a local coffee shop I enjoyed visiting regularly when I was in high school and it always brings back memories of that time! Honestly, lunch and dinner options are pretty endless in La Jolla – wherever you choose to go you’ll be somewhere by the ocean! My personal favorites are Caroline’s Seaside Cafe, George’s at The Cove, Herringbone, The Cottage, The Marine Room & Brockton Villa – in my opinion the perfect spot to grab dinner and catch not only the views of the ocean but the seals as well! More than coffee shops or places to shop, when I think of La Jolla, I think of it’s core simplicity. The ocean, the endless chances to walk up and down the sand with your feet in the toes with a coffee in your hand sharing sharing your current favorite book you’ve been hooked on, or finding new spots to watch the sunset on the weekends. Maybe it’s because I spent years of my pre/teen life here, it feels like a small town to me and it always brings back memories of when life seemed much simpler than it is now.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My biggest hero in my life and the person who has wholeheartedly contributed to who I am as a strong woman, dedicated advocate, and the risk taker I am in life is my beautiful mother. She (along with my dad!) have given up so much and made countless sacrifices to put me first. Growing up my mom has always told me to go after life and all that I dream to accomplish with full intention of doing exactly that, never thinking about what “could” hold me back. I could write multiple books on lessons she’s shared with me, but this particular one is a favorite of mine and has really contributed to my fiery passion for life. Her wisdom has helped me through some of the hardest moments in my life, whether I was unsure of my next move or scared of a big change – she’s taught me to embrace it all and I’m so thankful she’s my mother, but more so that she’s my best friend in life!
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