السبت، 29 أغسطس، 2015

صراع الثورات والحريم!

على فكرة، أنا وقت الثورة المصرية الأم وما تبعها من ثورات واحتجاجات وانقلابات وتغيرات كنت متابعة بشغف وبقوة مع اني مش مصرية الجنسية، بس حبي لشعب وثقافة البلد كتير كبير وخلاني أتفاعل مع الوقائع وكأني منه وفيه. حالياً في بوادر ثورة نظيفة تلوح في الأفق في البلد اللي خلقت وربيت فيه، لبنان. ورغم عنصريته وطائفيته وكل مشاكله إلا أنه بلد يستحق حياة أفضل وفيه شعب على درجة عالية من الثقافة والشجاعة والشرف.
للأسف منذ بدء المظاهرات اللبنانية وفي كتير مواقع صفحات "مصرية" بتشير صور المتظاهرات وتنهال التعليقات (الظريفة والمستظرفة) حول طريقة اللبس تحديداً...ظهرت بعض الفيديوهات من نساء لبنانيات يعتبوا على إخوانا المصريين وتعليقاتهم اللي بصراحة ما إلها داعي. وحالياً منشوف رد من نساء مصريات بدافعوا عن وباء التحرش المنتشر في مصر وكأنه شي صحي وبيتهموا الشعب اللبناني: 1. نساؤه فلتانين 2. رجاله مش رجال 3. "ثورتنا" أحسن من ثورتكم!!
أولاً: المجتمع اللبناني أكثر انفتاحاً من المجتمع المصري...وما يمكن أن يحدث في مصر في الخفاء، يحدث في لبنان في العلن..لأنه مجتمع متعدد الطوائف والثقافات وهذا جعله أكثر انفتاحاً..نساء لبنان على درجة عالية من العلم والثقافة، ولا يجوز حصرهن بصفات لا ترتقي للأدب
ثانياً: لمن يشكك برجال لبنان، عليه أن يتذكر مايو 2000 تاريخ انسحاب الجيش الاسرائيلي من الجنوب..أول انتصار عربي حقيقي لم تتبعه معاهدة سلام مع الاسرائيلين
ثالثاً: ما في ثورة أحسن من ثورة...يعني اللي بيسمع انه الثورة المصرية "أحسن ثورة في العالم" يعتقد أنه العيشة فمصر صارت ألسطا وكله تمام.. الثورات كلها ما زالت مستمرة ولن تثمر قبل عشرات السنين
أخيراً: والله عيب! يعني متل ما العالم العربي كله ساند وفرح وزعل مع الشعب المصري، يا ريت أم الدنيا تترفع عن السخافات وفعلاً تكون منارة للشعوب الثانية تهتدي بها.
سلام لأم الدنيا ولست الدنيا!

الخميس، 21 مايو، 2015

An Attempt To Understand



A little while ago I had a discussion with someone. It started with her telling me about her two "smart" cats and what they were up to and how the cats can easily & playfully deceive her. I asked her if she thinks cats, and animals in general, are smarter than humans. Without hesitation she said: Yes of course. I said: you mean they're more intuitive; but are you sure they're "smarter"? She said definitely. I argued that how come they didn't build civilizations like we did..and how come they don't have any inventions like we do..she simply replied: "They don't need to. Human civilization failed."
We exchanged a bit more of q&a until I explained what I believe in:
I think the one reason humans have evolved to become what we are now is the question: "Why?" The urge to  find out why we're here and why us and what we're supposed to do keeps us going and has got us to where we are now. This question is what drives scientists to discover more and more and dig deep into reality to try and find out. It is also the same questions that caused religion and mythical ideologies to exist.  I don't believe animals have this urge, probably because they instinctively figured it out? Maybe.

الجمعة، 24 أبريل، 2015

23rd April- a date to remember

Today, last year, I took a life changing decision. I gave myself the best gift I can ever give myself. I started going to the gym on a regular basis and to some extent ate healthily.

Decisions related to adopting healthy lifestyle are usually easy to take and difficult to fulfill. I took the decision the night before (22nd April 2014) when I was sitting with a friend in Marina having shisha, the last shisha I have had since then, and looked down at my body and was shocked. As if it was the first time I see myself. Now people who've known most of my life can confirm that I was never over weight but on that night I realised I've reached the heaviest form of me. It wasn't only how I looked that bothered me, but mostly how I felt: always bloated, always hungry and craving all sorts of food, always lethargic and have no energy to even lift my laptop from the car seat.

So the decision was made: I will be in the gym every day. This is my goal and I will try my best to make it happen. The decision was effective  the next day.

The first few weeks I was in the gym everyday, every single day! Would come back from Abu Dhabi at 10pm and head straight to the gym. Having the gym bag always ready in my car meant there was no excuse not to go. For the next few months, I apologised to  friends who wanted to hang out after work hours. I have found a new haven, a place where I'm physically and emotionally balanced. I called that phase of my life: "Reaching the best of me". The results were obvious; receiving compliments about how I looked became a regular thing, but only I knew how good I felt from the inside.

Funny enough,  almost every time I met new people, they'd be into some kind of sports: cycling, body pump, zumba, yoga, etc... so that helped the commitment thing a lot. I guess that's how the universe works, when it means to help you achieve something, it makes sure that you do in every single way possible. 

A year later, I am 8 kilos less, much more fit than I've ever been and now I cannot look back at my lazy old self and accept her.

I'm sharing this because maybe someone out there is at the verge of taking a similar decision and needs a push. I hope this post is their push. 

الأربعاء، 15 أبريل، 2015

Idea/day: Humans vs Nature

So we learnt that if bees vanish from the world, we vanish as well. It's not easy for a human ego to accept that our existence is dependent on a 2.5 centimeters long black and yellow striped creature (colours not confirmed yet, need to ask the internet).

The really sad news is: If humans vanish, completely gone, nature would survive and actually do better that it's doing now. Because no natural habitat is waiting for us to nurture it!

Can you imagine the world with no humans?! Very beautiful and serene green fields with happy bouncing animals (hopefully no dinosaurs then) roaming freely?