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23 things I learned in the past 23 years

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We all want someone to start the process of revolutionary change. However, we are not willing to put ourselves out there and generate positive changes.

I have recently identified a lot of things that I really want to do, make, learn and I made a plan to execute them.

So I thought it would be a good idea to look back at the things I have learned for the past 23 years of my life to identify what I need to learn by the end of this year.

Here are 23 lessons I learned in the past 23 years:

  1. There are always going to be people who are smarter, better looking, more sociable, and just all around “better” than you. To be happy, simply accept yourself and be productive to be the best version of YOU.
  2. Parents give up their freedom to raise us, and deserve a golden medal for that. Make sure to take the time to let them know how much you appreciate what they did to raise you up.
  3. Don’t stop playing! I know what you will say: Some things stop being fun; like spinning around until you fall but there are other things you never grow out of.
  4. Do what you love and you won’t have to work a day in your life.
  5. Travel. I have never looked back on a trip with regret.
  6. Don’t be in a rush. Do things in your own time, no matter how early or late other people think it is.
  7. There are two types of friends in life: the kind that when you go away for a long time and come back, it feels like nothing’s changed, and the kind that when you go away for a long time and come back, it feels like everything’s changed. Some friendships aren’t forever and it’s ok.
  8. The things that are hard and scary to talk about are vitally important to talk about.
  9. The people who I respect most – personally, spiritually, professionally – are the ones that took risks. Be brave.
  10. Read more and learn new things whenever you can.
  11. Surround yourself with those who push you forward and believe in you.
  12. Listen and be open to other’s opinions.
  13. Stay wary of drama, it’s bad for your health.
  14. The secret to getting through life it is to keep looking forward and trying harder.
  15. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Learn to laugh at yourself.
  16. Be respectful of others and yourself.
  17. Pick your battles with great care. But once you’ve chosen them, win.
  18. Learn to eat better, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, cut out/down on some of your more unhealthy choices.
  19. No one is perfect. Just be honest with yourself, look carefully at what you’ve done wrong, and then, learn to let it go.
  20. Give back to your community, city and your country.
  21. If you’re healthy, you’ve got everything you need. Stop crying about an unreturned message and get some perspective.
  22. The World doesn’t care ! Do what makes YOU happy and stop worrying about what others might think !
  23. If you read the internet enough, you will start thinking that World War III is imminent, that corporations rule the world through some conspiracy, that all men are rapists, that all women are lying, that arabs are terrorists, and on and on. Life is simple, people are good, don’t consume everything the media feeds you.

Today, I am thankful for…

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What are YOU grateful for Blog friends ?

Today, I am thankful for my little sister.

Talking to her is like looking at myself in a mirror, we share mannerisms, we finish each other’s sentences, we read each other’s minds and we laugh at the same things which is always a good thing.

I am thankful for her constant support, her original passion for cooking, her love for sundays, her obsession with the Vampire Diaries (God knows she cried her heart out when Stephan died).

I am thankful for the fact that she will tell me what she likes and dislikes in me, that she continues to see in me what I could never see in myself and that she always acts like my big sister even though she’s 4 years younger than me.

My little sister is smarter, stronger, more beautiful and more poised than me.

Yesterday, she told me: « You know what ? I would have loved you even if you weren’t my sister » and then hugged me for a long time when I replied: « Well, I love you so much because YOU ARE my sister and I wouldn’t change that for the World. »

That’s the kind of human being I was blessed with. I have expressed my appreciation towards so many people over the past 3 years on my Blog but not even once to my little sister Jalila.

I know you’ll probably read this by the next 10 minutes. Get off Facebook and go read a book.

I love you to bits and pieces and I will be thankful for you, forever and always.


PS: Jalila and I love horses. Just saying.

Computer air high fives.


Moving to Istanbul !

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Hello there Blog friends,

I haven’t been online for a really long time and there’s a good reason for that:

I have shared a lot with you in the past 2 years so it only made sense to tell you that I moved to Istanbul and I am going to stay here for A LONG TIME !

I am still settling in which includes a lot of paperwork, menial fees, walking, missing my family and my mom’s food, freaking out when I walk out of an office only to find that my dad isn’t going to drive me back home and a loads of lost-in-translation moments.

Awesome stuff, really !

But one thing is for sure: I am an adult now (Or so do I like to think) and Istanbul is one magical place, as anyone who has ever visited will probably say. It is my dream city, everything I have ever dreamt of… There’s no other way to describe it !

PS: I am going to share as much as possible with you in the upcoming days.

Stay tuned !

Air high fives and stay happy 😀

According to them… I died last sunday !

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I have had type 1 diabetes since I was 5 and a half years old and I can say that I’ve lived a very normal life so far. The abnormal only appears when I’m dealing with a sudden blood sugar change.

However, I’m not going to lie. I am still learning how to deal with this « sweet » ups and downs every single day of my life. See what I just did there ? and I have my family and my closest friends to thank for the constant: « HIIIIND.PUT.THAT.DOWN ! » or « Here, take a tiny bite and let’s act like it never happened! » with a kind, caring look on their faces.

I like to think that my name is a Pinkberry flavour 😀

Looking back, here are some things I have dealt with that are diabetes related:

  • I have lost my sight temporarily 4 times,
  • I collapsed in school twice during the past 5 years,
  • I was high on sugar because I forgot to take my insulin on time,
  • My friends beared my sudden mood swings so many times,
  • My heart started beating so fast, my hands shaked, my knees got weak and my back froze due to a low blood sugar,
  • I missed school so many times due to morning low blood sugar, I am not complaining though 😀
  • I almost died last sunday ! (Hashtag: TrueStory) 😀

On a lighter note, they say Diabetes is life-changing. But you know what ? This is the only life style I have ever known and I am very grateful for it because it has made the person who’s writing this article right now.

And yes it is difficult to see the good side sometimes, -I learned this the hard way-. But it doesn’t have to be just about smiling on through; there are actually some real positives about coping with diabetes.

For instance:

  • I don’t take life for granted and I never will; I love life to bits and pieces,
  • I am a hopeless optimistic person and I prefer to walk away from negativity and spread positive messages around,
  • There is never something that my friends can do and I can’t. It’s just that sometimes, I have to plan better ahead. Which isn’t a bad thing,
  • I found out who my real friends are, early in life and I am grateful for every and each one of them,
  • I get served first on an airplane and this one is perhaps my favorite. It sure makes up for the scrutiny through security !

Now if you are a diabetic or you have a family member who has diabetes, here are 5 ways to be be positive about living with Diabetes:

  1. Diabetes is not the end of the road; it’s a chance for a brand new beginning.
  2. Living with diabetes really does make you prioritise your health and this is not a bad thing.
  3. Part of coping with diabetes makes you tune in closely, helping you listen to AND hear what your body is telling you. Which could end up being a lifesaver way down the road.
  4. Managing diabetes helps you make choices that will include your entire family and entourage.
  5. Coping with diabetes forces you to embrace exercise and eventually you wonder how you ever lived without it.  I started running about 2 months ago and Yoga is still one of my favourite ways to reduce stress levels and building a stronger body, which will pave the way for everything else to go right in your life.
Computer air high fives 😀

Vlog: Samsung Galaxy S4

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Vlog: Allons lire ! يلاه نقراو through my eyes !


Someday, somewhere, somehow

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I wrote this poem back in december 11th, 2009 for a friend who was going through a rough time and I just found it today after going through my old personal computer. I hope it will help, inspire anyone trying to figure out what to be or what to do with their lives.

Stay positive and computer air high fives blog friends.

Smiling in the middle of Habib Bourguiba Street in Tunis 😀

When your world is turning around

And you start wondering who could possibly be on the other side

When you just can’t make your mind

And everything around you seems to be falling apart

Remember who you are, keep in mind: We’re all on a roller coaster ride

And you have a brave heart.

So do your best and try to be as happy as you could be

Don’t forget that: In this crazy life and through all those crazy times:

Don’t you feel lost, don’t you say it’s over

Stop for a second, look around, and find the heart of this life right inside you

Make all your dreams come true

Life can be bittersweet, it’ll never seem to be complete

Without you totally believing

That when the day turns to night

People may change but it doesn’t mean you should too

You know you’ll never become what you hate

Even though sometimes, you may get it all wrong

It’ll be alright

Don’t you hesitate, smile and you’ll find yourself someday, somewhere, somehow

When your mind is spinning around and you can’t stop thinking

Knowing that people won’t amount to anything: Start living !

When you have something you don’t want to talk about

Knowing you’ll do better without, don’t you ever stop believing: Start living!

Make that choice on your own: Start Living

Don’t you forget that: In this crazy life and through all those crazy times

You won’t feel lost, you can start all over

Stop for a second, look around, and you’ll find the answer

Because you can make all your dreams come true

Start believing in what you can do

Life can be bittersweet, it’ll never be complete

And starting now don’t you ever stop believing

That when the day turns to night

They may change but you’ll always stay the same

You’ll never become what you hate

Maybe sometimes, you’ll get it all wrong, but it’ll be alright

Don’t you hesitate!

 Smile & you’ll find yourself someday, somewhere, somehow

You’re smart enough to know

That life is a wonderful place and patience is a virtue

It’ll come a day when you’ll look back and say

A friend of mine told me so

& now I have found my way.

10 inspiring quotes on life and simplicity

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Here are 10 quotes I read lately and loved so much:

  1. “Many of the things you can count, don’t count. Many of the things you can’t count, really count.” – Albert Einstein.
  2. “Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” – Robert H. Schuller.
  3. “Joy is not in things; it is in us.” –  Richard Wagner.
  4. “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” – William Wordsworth.
  5. “Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow.” – Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros.
  6. “You’ve got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.” – Steven D. Woodhull.
  7. “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman.
  8. “When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu.
  9. “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” – Baba Ram Dass.
  10. “Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.” – Socrates.

My close death… My blessing by Baba Louay

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Yesterday, I read the article you’re about to discover in a few seconds and it is genuinely: THE.BEST.ONE I read since the  beginning of this year simply because I could relate to every single word he wrote. Who is he ? A very talented young man called Baba Louay. I strongly recommend you to check his Blog.

Without any further ado, here’s « My close death… My Blessing by Baba Louay:

Many people from my entourage criticise me for the fact that I am not having a job, any job I find, with a steady income to be, as they say, productive; that it is dangerous that I do not neither think seriously to prepare for the future aged life usually full of problems and hardship (that money will magically solve), that I will face great risks of having a future miserable life without big savings… I do not blame them. They are sunk in the bubble of conformism. I am not against the idea of having a job and a routine life. However, I guess sitting 8 hours in an office doing things we do not like to do every day, complain about it, pretend it’s gonna be okay after, and still do it anyway for years doesn’t seem as a good deal for me. Yet there is a reason behind all this, besides being lazy or financially fulfilled which some of you might think is the reason.. It is not !

Back in the days during my childhood, I was taught about the fundamentals of my religion, Islam, by my grandfather (may he rest in peace). He was the only one in my family talking to me about this, maybe because my parents were not that religious or because they preferred to leave the matter for a wiser man.

I have been taught by my grandpa that life goes on, then it ends. It is precious, because it ends. The time is important and is to be spent doing the right things. Nobody knows when it is going to end and there is wisdom in that by the Creator so that one will receive one’s merit and reward following one’s beliefs and actions.

Since the early years of my teenage, I had, for some reason, the conviction that I am going to leave this world at an early age, that I am going to die at my twenties. There was no specific reason for such belief. I cannot pretend to predict the future but I was so sure about it that it has become a belief.

Many ideas were haunting my spirit very frequently: Today is the end. Tomorrow is not coming. Am I ready to meet Him. How many people did I help. How many did I hurt. How much positive impact have I made in my society. what did I do with the time, health, money and everything I had…such questions have been reminding me of the importance of my self-assessment. Beyond the spiritual fulfilment this has brought me, such conviction of a near death has been a great motivation to enjoy all aspects of life putting in mind that I shouldn’t cross the limits into what might be against my religious beliefs and goodwill. I am not always successful with that, but I am doing my best.

In this path, I am trying hard to do things that bring me joy at the present moment following my gut feeling and what I think is best, not my dad, not my mother, not the neighbours’ son, not anybody’s decision but mine. Of course it is very important to ask for guidance and/or to be inspired by somebody, and also wise to think about the near future. Yet, the decision should be based on the fact that I am convinced that what I am doing is right for me, and that doing it will bring me personal joy and fulfilment at the present and maybe in the short future, if any.

I feel very lucky and blessed about all what I have in this life. I have been given many blessings: a shelter, an education, a loving family, a healthy shape… (I can go on for pages) It is the reason why I feel responsible to give something back and feel liable towards others who are not having the same life conditions I have. Giving back at the present moment of life takes the form of travelling around to share my experience and volunteering. Hopefully in the coming future inshallah if Allah grants more years in my life, it would take another form and grow to a bigger scale in order to have much wider impact on a lot more people ( I am working on that). I engage in life changing trips in order to find more about myself, I get lost to find myself, to discover what I want and learn from the experiences of other people whom I meet in the way and tell them about mine, and it is tremendously impactful and inspiring. This is my pursuit of happiness. I hope that you take the time to think and realise that the best moment to do what you wish for is now and the best moment in which you can spend your savings in is the present one. Remember, some people somewhere in the world are happy with half of what you have !

I am aware of the fact that I might prove myself wrong in the future (no human is ever free from error). Yet, I am doing what I like and what I think is right at the present moment. I might criticise the present Louay who is writing this article sometime in the future. I guess that’s how it should be. One should compare oneself with the person he/she was in the past, not with others and try by the same token to evolve, grow wiser and be better than what one was by learning from mistakes, and pulling morals from experiences. To learn from mistakes one has to make them first. So dare to change, discover what you want and do it. Do not suck life out of you doing what you don’t like, as long as you have the choice (well, there is always a choice). Time is the only currency one has. Everything we do, we pay it with the our « time bucket », one second or one minute, one hour, one day at a time. The only constraint is that nobody knows how much time one has in the bucket. Some of us have a shorter time than the others. Some would have more (yet may they waste most of it living someone else’s life). It’s not about how much time you’d have, but what you do with it. Spend your time wisely doing things that will make you happy. You may not have much left.

أحيى لأ حلم، فالموتى لا يحلمون.. و الذين لا يحلمون أموات.       درويش

There’s lot of things that can kill a man.. there are a lot of ways to die. Yes, and some already dead who walk beside me.   Ray Lamontagne

If I die before you, tell others that I have had a happy life, tell them about this, tell them not to follow, not to copy but to take lead of their life and to construct it themselves…

When I’m gone, remember me.. and pray for me.

Have a safe journey in the pursuit of happiness.

God bless you !

Baba Louay »

Today, I got mail !


This is just a note to say thank you so very much to two friends who just got married on January 19th.

This is to Aida and Karim who have seriously made my day today.

May your lives be filled with all the right ingredients: Love, humor, unserstanding and may your joy and happiness last forever insha’Allah.

Congratulations to a beautiful couple, congratulations to two friends I love and respect so much even though I’ve never met them before ♥