My name is Maya and I am your host for budbadaK podcast.
I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Soon after I graduated from high school, I went to Malaysia to pursue a degree in Business. In 2010, two years into my undergraduate program, I became a victim of homophobic incidents and was forced to drop out of college. That was the beginning of a very dark period of my life in which I became a refugee at the age of 20.
I came to the USA in the summer of 2014, and I resided in Chicago for two years. I moved to Seattle in 2014 and here's been my new home since then.
budbadaK [ Farsi ] means kite ! I chose this name because my early years as an immigrant & as a refugee reminds me so much of a kite with no strings.
I was so young, naive, scared, and lonely, but NEVER hopeless!
Now, when I look back, I see myself as a budbadaK. In essence, I had the freedom that I never had before , but I had not found my own identity and voice yet. There was a great amount of uncertainty involved with being a refugee that left me with no choice but to live my life day by day. I was literally, like a budbadaK, flew around and went wherever the wind blew – Just hoping that it would send me off to a better place. It actually did!!!
When I came to the USA, I was given a second chance to live a different life.
That is one of the reasons why one segment in my daily meditation right before falling asleep, has not been changed since 2010, “Thank you universe for another day”
There was a strong sense of vulnerability that was so precious about those years when I was a refugee. I never wish to go back there again, but I am very grateful that I experienced it because it made me appreciate life and what it has to offer so much more!!!
To be like a budbadaK is to be free and open to possibilities. It is truly such an unique experience to step out of our bubbles and to be a budbadaK for a bit!
In this podcast, I am going to unpack stories of immigrants around the world. Stories that will inspire and empower us. Stories that will help us to gain new perspectives and understand people around us a little better.
Also, in the Persian version of this podcast, I share ideas, stories, and recent scientific studies that I found particularly interesting. I hope that the contents of these episodes inspire you and ignite your curiosity in some way.