“Weak”

The trouble with being weak and asking for support is that they label you as weak. Ignoring the fact that it is your strength that has brought you this far. Olive Advertisements

What just happened?

Where do I even begin? I can’t begin. I don’t want to begin. Because beginning this signifies the end. The end of us. It hurts to even write “us” now. What have you done? What have I done? … What have we done? We killed it. I can’t decide whether we suffocated it until its…

Three Things I am Grateful for Today

What I am grateful for today: Not having a cold. As with most health conditions, I think this is one of those things you take for granted until you get one. But today I am going to fully appreciate being able to breathe out of both nostrils and not having to listen to my music…

Today’s Reflection

I am currently attending a training course in order to work in the health sector. Today, we covered the topic ‘Abuse’. At the end of the day, we were each given a blank piece of A4 paper and 5 minutes to write down any thoughts we had about today. These were mine: Emotional. Sad. Made…

Explanation

I haven’t posted anything in about 2 weeks. It’s not that I haven’t tried – I have several draft posts going right now – I just haven’t really been feeling it. The last couple of weeks have been really ‘up and down’ and every time I sat down to write something, it never properly came out….

Power of Three

It’s funny how things come in threes. This week, life seems to have wanted to prove to me the power of three. Here’s a couple of ways it did that: I’ve been applying to jobs constantly since graduating from university. It had been a while since I’d heard any good news from any job application and I…

Egyptian Revolution

So today, I watched The Square (‘Al Midan’) by Jehane Noujaim. It’s an Egyptian-American documentary film about the civil uprisings that occurred in Cairo between 2011 and 2013. Having grown up in Egypt and having family that live there (in Cairo), means that I actually followed this closely via the news and social media while it…

Nostalgia

I am feeling very nostalgic lately. This is primarily because it’s Freshers’ Week here in Manchester (in loads of other student cities too), and it is the first time I am experiencing it as a non-student. Living near the rowdiest campus in the city does not help. For example, as I was brushing my teeth…

unwanted visitors

You have a couple of unwanted visitors come to stay. You don’t know how long; it’s not up to you. They come and go as they please. They bring out the worst in you. They suppress the best. No more smiles, productivity or confidence. All replaced by shame, guilt and low self-esteem. They impact your…

Languages of Love

According to Dr. Gary Chapman, a love expert, there are 5 languages of love. (Side note: How do you become a love expert ? Sounds amazing.) These languages are: Receiving gifts Quality time Words of affirmation Acts of service (devotion) Physical touch His theory states that everyone has one primary and one secondary language that…

Appreciation

I want to take a minute to appreciate. I was chatting to my sister earlier, telling her that I felt like I didn’t have much going for me. Immediately, she told me off for being stupid. Tough love, eh. She said that I am so much better off than the majority of the Earth’s population…

Open-minded

Open-minded Being mixed race, and balancing two almost opposite cultures, has meant that open-mindedness is something I’ve grown up with. I am half Egyptian, a quarter Scottish and a quarter English. I grew up in Cairo, Egypt and moved to England when I was 10. Egypt, like many countries in the Middle East, is relatively…