Sikh youth and dating
You have such wonderful ideas on how to create the community and world you want. It also sounds like you have a lot of energy in you to do some great seva (selfless service). Some schools or towns have things like Key Club (a student-led organization whose goal is to encourage leadership through serving others) or Honors Societies. Volunteer somewhere that helps you feel like you are serving Waheguru’s creation and connecting with other like minded youth who care about making the world a better place, like food pantries, health clinics, and animal shelters. Camp Sikh Virsa in Chicago is having a camp even sooner–over Thanksgiving Break–if you can’t wait! We aren’t sure if those are options, but they might be a great way to connect to other Sikh youth. Start a Whats App group with your Sikh friends who you may not see everyday.We wonder if you could channel that energy into coming up with a service project that benefits the community at large, rather than just focusing on the Sikh or Indian community (especially since the other Sikhs in your school may not have the time to commit). You can use the space to ask for support or have discussions around Sikh topics.
Most kids were in a Christian youth group and would pray by the flag before school, have bible study after school, and do fun projects or go on trips on the weekends.“I felt like a fraud going to Gurdwara and doing normal Sikh things,” says Learner Kaur.“It’s completely normal to question things, to feel like your faith is slipping away, and come to new understandings of yourself and your relationship with Sikhi.These are all tough topics to handle alone and not all of us have friends or family to turn to for advice. I lost my faith in Waheguru Ji for a year and over this past summer, I regained my faith, for which I am very thankful for. They go on retreats and field trips every weekend, and they have a youth group at their church.We hope this advice column can begin to fill this gap! Recently they went to a pumpkin patch which seemed fun. Battling with mental illnesses is hard and I need my connection with the Divine to be strong. It took a long time for me to get my faith back, and I don’t want to lose it again.
“I’m not sure what your mental health issues are like, but sometimes lines from Gurbani help me feel like the struggle I’m going through has meaning.