“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” ~ Heraclitus

She had said to her friends, ensuring them it will all be ok after witnessing their sad eyes hanging sadly in acceptance of gravity’s power “I will be back soon, it’s only a year. Nothing will change”.

She summons her large red suitcase to close, looking around an empty cold room with walls looking back at her, half sad half glad to have the place to themselves again.

That dream she had, being shunned of a goodbye, kept lingering in her head and drawing for days her conversations with friends.

It did change, she understood. Her life has changed; she is an upgrade of the Basma she knew and life as she knows it have been turned many times along the way.

“I want to thank you, Lord, for life and all that’s in it.
Thank you for the day and for the hour, and the minute.” ~ Maya Angelou

So it seems only fair to thank the factor for this all, my place of residence all this time, UK.

I thank you UK:

– For reminding me of my true self

– For giving me the opportunity to meet amazing friends along the way, whose departing from is very hard

– For making me truly understand what it takes to be me

– For allowing me to face my utmost fears, being alone

– For teaching me that it is ok to be weak, to seek help, to feel sad, as long as you own it and embrace it

– For letting me know I am amazing and I should know that

– For tapping me on the shoulder to whisper to me: Don’t compare, Don’t judge, Don’t assume, Don’t label, Don’t worry

– For hugging me to tell me: Be you, Love yourself, Be proud, Shine, Be sure, Accept yourself, Open all doors

– For giving me tearful nights to appreciate the things many take for granted

– For giving me laughter, hugs and smiles to compensate those nights

– For making me appreciate my culture, my origin and tell its tale

– For knowing how lucky I am to live in a country where culture and traditions are still celebrated, where the sun always shines (sorry :P), where you can never be alone

– For seeking to be able to walk around in my country without depending on a car, learning to use the bus after many funny stories and appreciating freedom to move around

– For knowing that though people may have a different colour-passports and maybe different names, they are the same in many ways and we share too much that some might try to forget

“If the only prayer you say throughout your life is “Thank You,” then that will be enough.” ~ Elie Wiesel

So, Shukran UK (Shukran= Thank you in Arabic)

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