You my people know that each one of you has marked me in a way in this life,
Some of you show me how to be a survivor, not giving up no matter the abuse or weakness we feel around someone or with them,
Some of you taught me to move on, dream bigger because you were once where i was but now you made it
Some of you remind me ” the things you now have you once prayed for”,
Some of you are my constant and/or my support system no matter my right/wrong decisions in life
Some of you keep pushing me to lighten up, live it up, go with the flow and stop
Overthinking much.. even if you’re scared that people perceive you wrongly, it’s their loss of meeting a gorgeous soul
Some of you inspire me, in your talent, your music, your words, your unique approach to life, your rich experiences, your little stories and life lessons that you share with me..
Some of you showed me immeasurably beautiful, sincere, genuine hearts,
Some of you were there for me in my worst time(s) and experiences,
Some of you got me out of traumas or shocks i faced in my life, you were my “healing” way out
Some of you understood my silence,
Some of you understood my crazy side,
Some of you also inspired me to keep going and stay true to myself,
Some of you i look up to and admire completely,
Some of you are friends of friends of my people, and so you came across my blog and my email threads giving me more purpose to write words that may heal you too because your friends thought my generosity and kindness may be just what you need to choose to live again;
Some of you get me, when my head feels like its up there in the clouds far away from the harsh realities and greediness we sometimes face in this world
You guys are real.
Your influence on me was real.
I know each one of you to the core – ithink 🙂😉
You spice up my life, and
yes, i may only be one human on this planet,
but you rocked my world
I think one person at a time is how we really push for things in this world, in this short life we are blessed to have.
In case no one told you,
YOU are a marvelous piece of my universe, and so , of THIS universe.
What about your people? A shout out to Yours and those ‘inspirations’ among them who you thought about reading this.
All my love,
Oh! I miss you!!
May 23, 2018
(But i chickened out and did not put this out yet until tonight: July 5, 2018)
❤️My people on my daily chain of kindness [who receive daily morning emails from me as i share my thoughts on life and living it fully]
❤️You my blogging gems, we have found each other and every like or comment or reaction and word we exchange gives me strength for a whole Lifetime. Besides, starting this blog after my accident [see my very very first October post] kept me sane, going, and helped me achieve my dreams- where i now am personally, professionally, and here as a proud happiest blogger.
🛣I looked at the world from the streets last night and felt like something big is missing.
🚍What if we were living forward bulldozing through life instead of outward growing through others sharing feelings, talent, love, kindness, passions, compassion, hobbies, experiences?
📽Why do we walk, run, or drive past each other not blinking twice, not saying a mere “hi” that might just make us see that:
🤸🏻♀️we aren’t actually the only ones who had a bad day, month or week;
🏋🏼♂️not the only ones with financial and mental health problems;
👦🏽👧🏽or the only ones who lost a parent or a sibling or a leg or a lover or a golden opportunity to start over?
⛱Why do we resort to impatience over patience, racism over tolerance, judging on labels of religion or nationality or gossips over soul and actions that speak for themselves?
🌹What if the big thing missing was me/you living to Give more and Do more, for others we meet- no expectation for a reward moral or material.
🗣Why are we wired to refrain or abstain from sharing, opening up, caring, loving, being kind, smiling… and all things that we know make us feel Good, and instead we run away, far, close doors, build higher walls?
🕵🏼♀️.. is It really Fear of getting hurt or pain or of breaking or being deceived? so, Why then would we almost always opt for “staying alive” when things go wrong or when we almost lose our chance to live as we “rush” to tick things off our bucket list feeling i needed more time to make things right.
🕺🏼Isn’t it part of being a “human” to live on all extremities and edges, to know what is pain, losing, heart breaking, starting over, being tricked or cheated, used, and hurt…
👑And, we do take alllll of these risks knowing that we shall touch the surface of what “Real love” or real caring feels like, or touch what kindness as a lifestyle looks like as someone extends it every 1 day of our existence!
🕶Don’t we take all these risks in return for the feeling of spending an extra night with someone we lost or someone ill?
🦋Arent we okay with taking these risks if it means feeling alive, getting a second chance at living life at large, like we never did until we hit that low or that loss or challenge in life ?
🐠I think i found it:
we need to be kinder and show it, accepting that if each of us was so, none will abuse as much or hate as much or feel as greedy as we all Do Today sometimes because we feel “threatened” by what the other may snatch away from us.
❤️The world was missing more “giving” and less snatching, more love and less fears of losing or dreading pain or error.
🧚🏼♀️Look around you, we all have family or friends who survived a traumatic incident story or relationship. Sometimes yes, things get out of hand and some people give up On life,
🥤Life goes on and most of us who have lost someone have also gained 10 others who were fighters and survivors against all Challenges life threw.
🤝Human nature fights for its survival. What do we little people then have to fear when nothing we are given is bigger than us to face- nothing, and that is a personal lesson i learned in all the hard yet beautiful ways.
I have a lot more people to tell you about in my marathon undertaking, especially these 2 weeks!
I had a kinda weird week to be honest, feeling a little off, a little sleepless, and a little swamped or overwhelmed with life, those have-to-dos of life that often overwhelm us till we forget to look at the bigger picture of life, the bigger purpose of why we are here – the people around us.
A piece of my mind tonight, as i cozy up in a newly-discovered little tea place, which i only discovered last week for my new thing,
Colouring 🙂 They say it’s a therapy you know? For me, doing it last Wednesday just calmed me down, it slowed down my whirlwind..of life. Loved it.
Piece of my mind tonight:
Never underestimate your existence in someone’s Life.
It takes 1 word to change someone’s day or perspective, just like it takes 1 person in one’s life to inspire, to help accomplish a work in progress, a path, a project, a dream ..
1 can be a really big number in 1 Life 😉
And here’s an example Why: Valentina
So i joined the marathon and the 542 Team this past July; one thing this really changed drastically in my life, is the use of social media.
I’m not a fan, or wasn’t until this happened.
With our every Sunday long-run, distances become longer but photos taken of us onto the marathon association become more numerous, catching us at every angle and smile!
So, we been posting lots online, which actually multiplied the number of friend requests i received..honestly, because i also encourage lots of members not on our team on those long runs – genuinely because it keeps me going – i practically know everyone by now and it’s been contagious!
Okay so, with this social media – stampede hehe well, i got a friend request from a certain Valentina..
(PS: i usually prefer to respect the privacy of my subjects hence i omit certain details in photos or typing).
For some reason, looking at the friend request aroused my curiosity, partly perhaps because the name was Italian (non-Lebanese) and partly because i felt something was behind this friend request, #cantexplain.
So , I messaged her, asking if we knew each other or if we had met..
She replied with her story that she is also registered in the Beirut Marathon, that she runs, etc..
We had found common grounds across borders, only because of this 1 undertaking i took on this past summer,
which at the time seemed more for personal reasons rather than being there for others; nonetheless, here we were.
We became facebook friends, but now…very good friends is more like it because well, the messages we are exchanging, the sharing of friends we are having as she meets my running buddies and teammates through our photos first and then through adding them on facebook and chatting with them herself ..have just been WOW and #surreal.
Have a look at few thing she shared with me, those things that kick-started a genuine, beautiful friendship:
Valentina is Italian; she has had this dream for so long, and that is:
Visiting Lebanon, the land and country she’s madly in love with, and running the Beirut marathon.
She is no runner, or was not, until this year, as she explains, she went completely “crazy”-determined and planned on making her dream a reality.
She has had challenges, physical ones mostly, as she’s had to re-adjust her eating habits a lot, as well as her watch her nutrition and monitor the intake of carbs, proteins, etc..
Also, she was running alone.
Today, my people, truly it has been beyond beautiful to see her messages, her sharings, her postings, her messages, all of which just make HER and US here see,
You can make a difference in 1’s life, with the littlest to the largest things you help them in.
Our support was only online, minimal, you might add probably useless for a physical-effort which you’d expect to need to complete 28 and 30km.. and more in time.
my whole team, our idea, our runs, our photos, now include her, at heart, until she’s here in October, when we already planned team hikes and outings for her to see the beauty in Lebanon and have memories.
More so, my running buddy, up in the photo, Abbas .. he will surely have a post about him for you to read through, but for now, i must tell you:
this week, he called me over the moon.
I said what’s up, he said,
i am on cloud 9; i am walking in my hometown tonight near the sea when i started thinking how You Joy, how our team, and how Valentina have dropped into my life like in a parachute, like angels who came down just for me, to make me happier and fill my life…”
I was speechless on the end of the line.
He rocked my world. I had rocked his. Together, we also each rocked Valentina’s world. Also, Valentina rocked my world. She made me believe in bonds being formed cross border as genuinely and as beautiully. We know her now more than anything, we really do because as i am discovering, in
#Running, you have only one personality, the Real You and all those who run, are happy, they are truly giving, caring, alert to other’s abilities and needs.
And that’s just been 2 months in all this undertaking.
Cannot wait for more. Yes, runs are getting tougher, but so are our bonds and mental support, truly, has proved to be 70-75% of the run v/s 25-30% for physical readiness and fitness..
I hope this inspires you the way it did me.
Please be safe, you re 1 person, but a whole lot in some one else’s life, your son, daughter’s, either parents’, your friend’s, your teammate’s…
With all my love,
Sept. 16, 2017 at 9.29pm
(going to sleep early tonight for our 5am 26km run tomorrow Sunday!!)
People around me have been hurting .. It made me genuinely sad..
and I felt responsible, i need/ed to do something.
I exist in this world, like you, for bigger reasons, for a greater purpose:
to be whoever i was created to Be and get better at it well because.. i was created to do what i do the way i do it, not the same way others do it..
I am sure you may be, or people in your circle are hurting..?
In my circle, particularly in this period, not 1 or 2 this past week that i knew of .. like Alara .. Sneha.. Sarah ..
[Add in the names of your cherished one’s here],
but several people were hurting. and I was compelled to share a dose of
in my daily chain of kindness started two years ago and now including 102 people!!
and then, sharing things here with you, my precious ones, my world but you get an extended version, well because you have been so generous in your words, comments, and likes, you have been “life” – generous and i am forever grateful to you.
This today my people, goes out to a friend of mine in India..
who hasn’t been doing so well; because we all fall there, don’t we?
Into that pit…?
But i got a sign of life from them and she reminded me actually that:
We must let things go, and there’s a catch:
When u let it go, it soon turns into your biggest strength: that is, your story..
A story u can tell those u choose to tell for the rest of ur life and move people you meet on your way 🙂
Also, ive been to condolences this week…and something happened, something big and magical.
I met a total stranger as i consoled my friend/colleague Sandra standing next to her.
And the young stranger [Celine, as i later was compelled to meet legitimately as i insisted on talking to her one on one;
there was something that pushed me to just STOP and talk to her, dig further..for what turned out to be a most beautiful human connection with someone who for a minute was a complete stranger, and in a minute, became someone unforgettable in my eyes and hers.]
she stared at me for a minute or two, looked at me with eyes that were at once:
sad and full of amazement, of disbelief, of trust;
eyes that wondered how on earth i captured her attention and heart.. to the extent that i made her feel something different than the pain she was feeling at that moment on that cursed day, when she had to stand there, among so many people, and hold back tears, to say goodbye to her grandmother …
She later admitted, she sensed , “a positive energy” as i passed to share my words and condolences with Sandra..
I cannot explain it, what when Celine and I shared when our eyes locked, as i spoke out my words to Sandra and indirectly to Celine who was standing right next to her..
But it was real my people. It was so magical, a beautiful moment i never experienced before.
I felt .. like i lit her world, even for a fraction of a second, amid her sorrow, tears, and her “pit” .. truly, when you feel you have done that, you feel..
You connected to another human, to a soul that was so in need and in search of some sort of communication or a connection, to let itself outside the shell,
to share pain, concerns, sadness, grief, but all wrapped with the love to the person taken away from her.
My people, when you adjust your attitude, every morning, every hour, every minute of anger or anxiety or depression,
People around you feel it,
And by sharing this with them, your adjustment, u feel stronger, empowered, through them.
You are left with what u exactly need to make it in this life, every time, even if u had to start over, countless times.
#pickyourselfUP and get going:) why tomorrow not today?
All my love, truly,
“It’s the little things that count, in every aspect of life.”