Another lovely year has passed! Today, I am 21 years old.I am very happy with life and with the world. How could I be? Well, beneath all the bad things, lies the beauty of love and compassion. As well the the hope of our dreams. I will change the world for the better, I am working on this by starting with myself. I smile at the pretty things I see, I listen to people's hopes and fears and I love them, even if they don't love me back. And I know you will change the world too. You are my brothers and sisters. Yes, we may disagree but at the end of the day we are human. Let's support each other.Stay sane and humble my habibis.
Mis amigos. Muchas gracias por compartir otro ano muy bonito de mi vida. No paren de vivir sues suenos. Los quiero mucho!
il-yom 3id-miladii! Ana saiida wa ana ahoeb kull al nas! Shukran kitir!
Hello my habibis! Buen dia mis amigos! mar7aba mar7aba! Yom 3sal wa yom bassal! Wa il yom, yom 3sal! How have you all been? I have been all over the place these past few weeks. In total, I ended up spending a little time in El Salvador, Panama, and then a lot of time in Peru and in Argentina. I am very blessed to have been able to seen these beautiful places. I learned more about the world and I felt more in sync with the earth and with humanity. I answered some personal questions I had of life and many new ones arose.
In Peru, I got to do so much. Of course, I traveled alone but Peruvian hospitality made me forget. I went on tours, rode motorcycles in Cusco, and rode trains to beautiful places. I also had a chance to eat delicious Peruvian food, drink Peruvian beer, and I got to see cute baby llamas! But it was when I went to Machu Picchu that I heard the sweet voice of our earth. The mountains were of a massive grandeur and such a lovely green. I wanted to cry because my eyes could not believe I was seeing this. And believe me or not, I felt this calming energy coming from the ground and the mountains. It was as if they were alive and watching me and smiling along with me and my soul. I felt a great comfort. I stood at Machu Picchu and I said to myself, "God, what did we humans do to deserve so much beauty?" And I got simple answer in my thoughts, "Humans know how to love". It is true, all though there are so many problems in the world, we as human beings, individually, have had love for another in our lives and that is beautiful.
Argentina was spectacular! I mainly stayed in Buenos Aires, in the San Telmo neighborhood. I met so many great people and made new life long friends. I was so eager to learn about Argentinean history from my friends and I loved the night life there too. I could not stop eating the local pastries called facturas, as they were too delicious! Almost as good as Mexican Pan Dulce....maybe a little better! (Don't tell my fellow Mexicans!) Oh and I loved learning their Spanish lingo too! I felt like a real Ameera in Buenos Aires, and maybe one day of the globe!
There were times where I missed my family and I kept asking myself why I was traveling and why alone? But I know the answer: Because I have a desire to meet the world and see the beauty in humanity. To see passed the lies, sorrows, and anger in the world, in hopes of bringing each and everyone of us together...united by our loves and our interests. Please stay sane and humble my habibis. And remember, there are sweet days like honey and sour days like onions. (It's an Arab expression, but the translation should make sense!)
mar7aba! mar7aba! Hola hola mis amigos! Hello hello! My friends! How is this beautiful thing we call life? I am very well, thank you. I have finished my third year in the University and I am on summer break. I am preparing for various things and for many upcoming adventures.
It amazes me that it is the end of May now, May has always been one of my favorite months of the year. It's so bright and so many fun things happen. But I cannot wait for next month either, it will be full of friends, family, and baseball! I'm going to see the Yankees play the Oakland Athletics!
The past few days, I have been having great discussions with many friends, about life, dreams, and love. And one thing they noticed about me is that I do things without being fearful. I had not noticed but when they laid examples down, it made sense.
Last year, when I left for the Dominican Republic and for Mexico, all by myself, I was not fearful. When I meet new people, I don't have fear in me, but enthusiasm! I want to meet them, to hear their stories and dreams. I aspire to connect others, no matter how scary and vicious they make themselves appear because I can sense their humanity! But I am not all fearless. The biggest fear I have in life is the fear of not being able to live out my dreams and I fear living someone else's dream too. What's holding us back? What do you fear and why? Don't be afraid, we only have one life and we can achieve so much.
Stay sane and humble my habibis. It's never too late nor too soon to go off a predestined path to greatness!
Hola hola. Como tu tas? Hello hello! How are you? As Sal3mou 3leykom! Kif ak? I am very great, thanks! I've been quite occupied with my work and school. Both are going really well, I'm learning so much and I'm still learning about the world. Since my last blog post, a lot has occurred in the world, but doesn't it always?
Hugo Chavez passed away, I am upset that now I cannot meet him when I got to Venezuela. He is not a hero of mine but it would have been interesting to see how he thinks on a personal level and to share my ideas of reform with him. "Pase lo que pase, ay que tener esperanza y amar con todo el corazón."
Then there are the Syrian rebels that took the U.N. peacekeepers hostage. I am not pleased one bit by this. I love my Syrian people who are fighting for justice, their dreams, and for happiness. And even though the hostages were being treated like "guests"", it is not right. My Syrians, stooping to that level of low is not the way to go. Please be kind and use your beautiful words. Remember that " Ana ahoeb kull al nas ou kull al aLam."
Besides attending school and working, I have been watching baseball and reading a whole lot. I have also been planning my summer trip more in detail. The main places I need to and will go are as follows: 1. Caracas, Venezuela 2. Cuzco, Peru 3. Buenos Aires, Argentina. And I have already begun to think about next summer too! For next summer I am thinking about Ramallah,Palestine and Beirut, Lebanon. God willing, Inshallah.
Life is great! Remember,that if it wasn't for the hard times in our lives, we wouldn't know how to appreciate the good times. A lot has occurred in my life, I am no longer measuring my life by time, but by lessons learned and life experience gained.Well my amigos. I must be off to read more and learn more, and save the globe. Stay sane and humble habibis.
Swell day! Hola! Hello! Mar7aba, mar7aba! How is all? I am great! School is now in full swing for me, I am taking: Business Calculus, Arabic 206, History 426, and Persian Gulf Studies. I love to learn more about the world and I am trying to figure out a way to where we can all help each other, instead of bring each other down (that includes us as individuals and as nations). Why is it that we offend and disrespect each other? That we talk about each other and utter things we cannot take back? I'm not saying we are all like this but we have done it once or twice in our lifetimes. Perhaps, we have faults that we know we have but seem to ignore and go after others, instead of fixing ourselves. What are we so afraid of? I try to be the best human being I can. I have not been enlightened like Buddha nor have I the most innocent intentions. But I know that I want the best for the people of the world, not just of my home countries, but because we are all on this Earth, sharing the sun and the stars--and they know all truth.
So, about my trip this summer...as many of you may have read that the plan is on flying to Venezuela and going to Argentina. I've been thinking lately....should I end up going to Brazil too? I would love to go but I have not mastered the Portuguese language and I don't want to seem like this big tourist and having to need a translator. I just imagine the beaches in Sao Paulo! Wow, wouldn't it just be delicious?! I'll have to think about it more, I'm not made of money and my job is minimum wage, can't complain though, work is work.
"I'm just a kid, trying to figure out the ways of the world. Trying to ease the pains and troubles of the Earth, and help dry away the tears. I didn't ask to be born with such compassion, but I won't give up. I promise to make the world better. For me, for you, for my friends."