One sunny afternoon in the city I am currently calling home it hit me: “I am in the UK, like for real”. My brain started the conversation as usual, this time unusually amazed.

“And?” my soul said “ain’t near loved ones nor what I wanted to reach yet”.

Brain: “No, listen to me, its UK, your dream to get that masters is present, you are here for’ve been here six months!”

Soul: “Woah! I have…o gosh..”

That conversation, as mad as it may sound, woke me up! I finally felt living in the present and not planning and urging to get this over with and get back to my life..this is my life!

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”  ―    Joseph Campbell

And there and then, like a projected wall with beautiful black and white images of my past, I saw my best friend and another friend as we sat on the grass in a private compound in my hometown, discussing life…

“You need to enjoy the flowers, the journey Basma” my dear friend had said. Funny, I have never understood what he meant until today, in a foreign city eight years later.

and there and then, I started to appreciate all the people I meet, all the crazy and not so crazy things I’ve done, everything! it was beautiful, I have lived a great life so far and yet more mysteries are coming my way.

I also recalled something my parents told me: as you grow up you don’t vividly remember every sad memory or heartbreak, you just recognise it happened but you smile as it taught you something and made you the amazing person you are today. You know what, they did not lie!

So this is a milestone for all of you out there, be in the present and remember those scars and moments, they were beautiful and so are you…forever shine.

“God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.”  ―    Elbert Hubbard






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