“Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.” – Alejandro Jodorowsky
Be whoever you want to be. Make choices which aid and fuel your curiosity of the diverse world around you. Take chances to be whoever you need to be in order to get the most of what you have and what is yet to come.
Your age, your gender, your sexuality, your physical appearance etc are miniscule elements which should not adamantly dictate the quality of your life or overshadow the dignity of your being.
11. A Letter To Your Father
#a month of letters
#a letter to your father
When we were younger, you used to take turns with each of us while driving your car. I would put my hands on the steering wheel and you would place yours right above them and drive through the neighborhood.
I remember when we were younger, you used to coach some of our basketball and football games every Thursday.
I recall the underground parking space that you used to drive through on the way back from outings – sometimes for fun and others to ‘’unintentionally’’ wake us up – that had a steep hill in it.
I smile when I think of the summer mornings in Lebanon when we would have the manakeesh, cheese pies, labneh, tomato/cucumber, olive and labneh combination or when we used to have brunches/lunches at restaurants on some Thursdays with friends and doughnuts on Fridays in the compound.
The music you used to play in the car and sing along with has still remained fondly in my memory – Cat Stevens, The Beatles, The Blues Brothers to name a few – and how you would air guitar Santana songs.
I remember the times when we were younger and you used to teach us how to swim – you would stand in the shallow end and tell us to come towards you. As we would, you would slowly take steps backwards and laugh quietly to yourself; I always used to think it was taking longer than what it seemed to reach you. Swimming in the sea used to scare me and I always felt safe when you were close by.
Growing up you would play all sorts of games with us and perform magic tricks (which entailed hiding keys and coins and finding them behind our ears). You still have a talent in that field, by the way and your skills amaze me to this day!
I find it sweet how when we would go to the cinema or watch movies at home you would often fall asleep within the first twenty minutes but you would still want to hang out with us even if you weren’t fully conscious.
I love how when we play backgammon, you treat me as an equal and you don’t go easy on me. I also smile with how I make a move during the game and you sometimes make weird sounds or facial expressions in order to indicate that I should think about it more. Sometimes after the move you tell me what you think would have been a better move strategically.
I find it extremely sweet how you tease everyone and make the cutest jokes and gestures. I feel that we are alike in many ways and as I grow older I find myself taking on some values you have nurtured me with. Solving problems or differences through discussion with others has been one of the many lessons.
I reminisce about the time you said I should always smile when I look at the moon and it has a crescent shape.
Generally speaking you have taught me many things about life and one letter can never do justice or begin to explain what you mean to me and how much appreciation and respect I have for you. You have sacrificed a lot to be there for me and I hope I can make you feel as proud and loved as you have made me feel.
"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."
Rainer Maria Rilke
Arrived a couple of hours ago. It’s so humid and hot *hint previous anon message hint* (kidding)
Going to Paros (Greek island) tomorrow and will stay there for a couple of days.
I hope you guys have a good day/had a good day and if not then there’s time to change that until night time (that was so cheesy but meh).
That stare! Unff.. :3 Feel like dropping to my knees and moaning "oh, yes! Harder! Judge me harder!"
I had no idea my stare had that sort of impact on someone! I must use this power wisely *serious voice* :P
Hotness guaranteed! :3
Sounds like a customer service preview on an item. Thanks, Anon? hahaha