30 Things I’ve learned in 30 years

My birthday is coming up very soon and since I’ve been having lots of contractions on and off , I don’t think I will last until my due day month of August. I thought I would share what I’ve learned in my 30 years. It will not be in any order, it will be just random thoughts that pop into my head as I write. I just hope I can think of 30 things. Here we go!

  1. My mamma always told me in Portuguese, “You catch bees with honey.” This saying has many interpretations but what I took from it is, to be kind, it will take your further than rudeness.
  2. Being patient does not mean you sit around waiting for something to happen. You have to work hard even if it means waiting forever to see the outcome of your hard work.
  3. Crying and letting your emotions out does not mean you are weak, it means you have courage to deal and confront with your problems and emotions.
  4. Mothers are always right! My mamma told me I will understand her when I have kids of my own and oh boy was she right about that!
  5. My crown is my hijab. I wear my faith on my head and there is nothing more powerful than that. It keeps me in check and conscious of my every action.
  6. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. First impressions are not the most important at all. Great people can pass right by you because of misjudging at first glance.
  7. Everyone has a story worthy of telling. Worldly problems can be solved through story telling, we would soon discover how similar we are than different.
  8. You can’t change the world but you can work in changing yourself and hopefully something good will come out of it.
  9. Things never happen according to our plans. It doesn’t mean we can’t work hard towards our goals and dreams. But I strongly believe that God has a better plan than we do. There are things that we want right now that can actually harm us, if our plans are shifted by God’s will it’s for a purpose.
  10. If something is meant to cross your journey it will and if it is not meant it will not.
  11. Never assume! So much negativity comes out from assuming something of someone or situation. The truth is only God knows our true intentions and if we don’t ask because we assume we know everything than we stay in a stage of ignorance.
  12. The best stories come from our elderly friends. Truly they are like libraries, if we do not communicate with them, we miss out on a lot of experiences, expertise and knowledge.
  13. To take care of your health. Health is best richness we will ever have. Health is worth more than money. We shouldn’t take health for granted and try to take care our body, mind and soul as much as we can.
  14. Society has undertaken the value of a mother. Being a stay at home mother is viewed as a failure in life and a waste of time. Stay at home mothers don’t get the same respect as a women who establishes her career and is aggressive in the workforce.
  15. Societies that value and support motherhood are overall a more successful society. Take some European countries as an example, such as, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands ect. look at their crime rates and quality of life.
  16. Peace and tranquility lies in the remembrance of God and not in beautiful island far away.
  17. Men and women are not created equal that doesn’t mean we are not equally important and valued. I should not strive to be the same as men nor should I want to strive to be like a men for the sake of his manhood but for his motives and accomplishments. Giving men the standard of what a women should strive for is just reiterating that women are inferior and to be superior like them, we should work to be the same as them.
  18. A person’s self value does not come by the things one has or achievements but rather by ones intentions and good action.
  19. What use does knowledge have if one uses for evil?
  20. Knowledge is everywhere it is not restricted by standard education.
  21. You may look to your right and find someone who is in much better situation than you but if you look to your left you will find someone else in a worst situation. Be grateful.
  22. Look for the things that you do have and not what you don’t have.
  23. Don’t take your mood out on people. This is actually very hard for me because I can’t control my emotions very well, whether its anger, sadness or happiness so I tend to act the way I feel but the reality is, no one deserves to be treated unkindly only because we are not having a good day.
  24. Everything has it’s time. Another one that is hard for me as well. We might see everyone else successful around us while we are stuck in a puddle but we don’t know what the future has installed for us.
  25. There is no such thing as a picture perfect. What we see in the exterior might not be what we really think it is. Doesn’t mean someone that looks happy in the exterior is actually in a stage of contentment.
  26. This wordily life is not meant to find happiness it is meant to find God and our purpose in this life.
  27. Kids are not a burden they are a blessing. I am tired of hearing how expensive and time consuming kids are. There is nothing more worthy in this world than passing along your legacy and hard work that one puts towards raising your kids.
  28. Let go a bit! I used to pride myself of being spontaneous and going with the flow. Now, I feel I am very controlling and have to organize my time. Although, I believe it is good to have some sort of organization in your life, it is important to let go of things and try to enjoy unpredictable moments.
  29. Traveling is the most enlightening experience in the world.
  30. Spend your money wisely. Oh how I wish I could take my own advise!

Wow, I can’t believe I made it to number 30 and I can’t wait to have 60/70/80 and 90 more tricks under my sleeve. Let me know what were some of your life’s biggest lessons. I would love to learn from you.

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African Cup-An Egyptian Story

I’m not one to watch any matches but if there is any sports that I would watch it’s football, in particular the African Cup and the FIFA. One thing I’ve noticed living here in Egypt is the passion that people have for football and that has something to say when I have lived in two different nations that glorify football. However, I have never seen anything like the passion that Egyptians have for the sport. Any time there is any football match, you will see cafes outside filled out of capacity with people, screaming and beating the drums when their favorite team scores a goal.

The final match of the African Cup was between the legendary two teams, Egypt vs. Cameron. Egypt seem very prominent, scoring the first goal in the first half, however, Cameroon recovered soon after and won the match by scoring 2-1.

What would the match mean if Egypt had won? I really wanted Egypt to win, not only because I live here now but also because the Egyptian people really needed this win. Egypt has been going through a political and economic roller coaster for the past couple of years and people needed a positive demonstration that their country can be great again. Most importunately, the world needed a positive overview of Egypt from what they are used to see in the media. Egypt has suffered tremendously from tourism, you can barely make a business out of what used to be the gold of this country. This was a country that would pride on a famous quote “Egypt the Mother of the World”. However, people are slowly loosing this pride and you can see the stress that it has taken on this society. I wanted the world to know how wonderful Egypt is, to not be afraid to come here and help prosper Egypt to what it was before or even better. The Egyptian people are ready for their country to change, they want “you” to love the country for what it is now, the flaws and for it’s beauty. I beg the world, don’t forget how much Egypt has helped contribute to this world that we take for granted on a daily basis. Don’t just come to see it’s history because it’s present is just as phenomenal, talk to the people, they  are more than happy to engage in universal conversations with “you”.

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Quick Update

I can’t believe it has been so long since I last posted any content on this blog. A quick update, for a year now I’ve been living in Egypt. Why, Egypt? Well, first because my husband is Egyptian and all his family resides here. Secondly, I wanted a physical and emotional change from my normal routine back in the States. Needless to say, it has been a roller coaster of physical and emotional feelings. Egypt is completely different than United States and not just because it is an Islamic country. The culture, traditions, lifestyle and even the governance is a huge new concept to rap your head around it, and it takes a lot of time to adjust to it. After a year, I can say now that my homesickness has subsided, however, there are still challenges that I face on a daily basis for being an Expat. So I have decided to share some of my experiences here in this blog in hopes that that it help someone with their move to Egypt, particularly Cairo.