Archives de Tag: travel

23 things I learned in the past 23 years

Par défaut

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.

VLOG: Top 5 favorite travel books

Vidéo

My Life in Pictures 11

Image

Hey there Blog friends,

I hope you’re all doing really well.

Here’s my life in pictures in the past 2 months between my trip to Paris and my Graduation day 😀

Peace from Paris !

Notre Dame Cathedral !

Paris at night !

Limitless imagination !

Beautiful delirium !

I watched night create day !

Very NARMOL !

We did it !

Call me Peter Pan !

Computer air high fives 😀

Sunday Music Room: German groove !

Par défaut

Hello there Blog friends,

I hope you’re all doing really well 😀

If you’re following me on Twitter, you probably know that I started taking german classes about a month ago but what I didn’t mention is that I have the best and coolest german teacher in the whole wide world.

Meet my beautiful teacher: Umm Zakaria.

Meet my German teacher: Umm Zakaria.

She’s a Cultural & Media Manager, a member of the Think Tank « Denkfabrik » at the Goethe Institute Rabat, a researcher on Education, a social Entrepreneurship and intercultural communication, a Blogger, a musician, a private German and Music teacher, a spouse and mother of two cute little boys, a housewife, a family manager, a positive person who is very passionate about creativity and critical thinking and of course a German residant in Morocco.

Her blog is called: « DEUTSCH IN MAROKKO » and she wants it to be an intercultural platform between Morocco and Germany. You can find interviews with personalities from both countries, about culture, travel, social issues, business and entrepreneurship and according to Umm Zakaria, « We are very interested in all kinds of development efforts between the two countries and want to make the intercultural exchange between Morocco and Germany more vital »

So, if you want to know more about Germany and Morocco ? Come and join DEUTSCH IN MAROKKO.

Now back to this sunday’s music room. Here are 5 songs suggested by Umm Zakaria:

1. Tim Bendzko -Nur Noch Kurz Die Welt Retten

2. Peter Fox – Haus am See

3. Glashaus – Das hier

4. Johannes Oerding – Morgen

5. Frida Gold – Wovon Sollen Wir Träumen

Youtube video of the day

Vidéo

My close death… My blessing by Baba Louay

Par défaut

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 »