Never Stop Looking

Never stop looking for and learning about what you want to know. True there may be people who tell you to stop, but you don’t always have to listen to them. If you want to become an expert in some area, then go for that. Go learn everything about it, and don’t stop until you’re satisfied.

There’s so much to learn in life, and if you’re going to let people’s words get to you, you’ll stay miserable with a headache for all your years. Life is an adventure, so treat it that way. It’ll become boring to never learn more than what you already know, what you’ve known for years.

Remember when you were a kid at school and got excited to learn about something new, as well as put your knowledge into practice at some point? I feel like that excitement disappeared at some point as years passed by, as if classes just became a repetition of what you already know.

You need new material. You need to learn about things you’ve never even heard of and never even knew existed. That’s how you keep your mind and your life interesting. Why not go learn about the cosmos and things people don’t normally talk about? Topics that may seem difficult, until you learn it and understand?

Let every little thing in life become a door to a different perspective, a different room, a different life, another world. Let it become a goal of yours to change and improve your mindset and lifestyle every now and then. Don’t settle for mediocrity. Turn everyday into an adventure.

Everything starts in the mind, so focus on that. Focus on inner cultivation and change your perspective, your mindset, your life so much that you’d be entertained, or even at peace, whichever you may choose, just sitting down, and being content with that. Make your life so rich with quality moments that the moment you open your eyes, you want to jump out of bed and go live, instead of dreading over your existence. Life doesn’t have to stop being fun and exciting just because we’re older now. It’s because we’re older that we have learned alot over the years and most things no longer surprise us. That’s why you have to stay searching for new things, and to look forward to discovering more of the unknown.

10 Ideas For What to Do When You’re Bored

If you’re looking for something fun and productive to do when bored, then this list is for you. These ideas will help to pass the time.


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1. Learn a New Skill

2. Learn a Language

3. Watch Crash Courses

4. Contemplate and Analyze Yourself

5. Binge-read a Book

6. Look into Video Games

7. Pick up Journaling and Note Taking

8. If Possible, Take a Walk or at Least Watch Nature

9. Learn a New or Better Recipe for Your Favorite Food or Delicious Dessert

10. Learn How to Make Passive Income


1. Learn a New Skill

Learn something that you’re always struggling with, as in something you always need help with. Instead of needing to call someone and hire them to fix something simple, learn it yourself and save the extra costs. Also, learning a new skill can be fun since it offers you new experiences and opens new doors for you in life. You could draw, paint, write a story, anything. Choose a skill you’ve always wanted and go for it.

2. Learn a Language

There’s so much to learn in the world, and so much we’re limited to as we become limited by the languages we know. Learning a language and enjoying it will help you view life from a different perspective and understand so much that you never new of before. There’s so much beauty in languages, and whether we’re aware or not, we’re missing out on so much, since there’s only so much to learn, and so little time. For that reason, make sure you choose. Make sure you plan and manage your time.
Also, reading stories in their original language can help you understand it better and appreciate it more. Not everyone is into languages, but it’s beautiful to be able to communicate and connect with so many different cultures and different parts of the world. Also, if there’s a specific language you don’t like, try to learn it for a bit. Perhaps once you understand it, you might start to like and appreciate it. That’s something I like to challenge myself with sometimes. In general, if I don’t like something, I like to at least try to give it a chance to see whether that feeling changes or not.

3. Watch Crash Courses

In case you don’t like to sit down through long classes or read long books, or listen to audiobooks, as I notice many people struggle from low attention spans, you could watch crash courses of something you’d like to know about instead. Of course it won’t give you all the details like a longer class, but that’s kind of the point. It basically summarizes the topic and gives you an idea of a subject, saving you from the hassle of investing in something you don’t understand, like a specific college major.

4. Contemplate and Analyze Yourself

Sit down and think about your actions. Think about your thoughts. Think about how your thought and actions have been impacting yourself and others around you. How do you respond to strangers? How do you respond to change in life? Do you learn from your mistakes? Are you good at diffusing your anger and letting it pass through you and acknowledge it and bidding it farewell? Think about a bad habit and change it, replace it with a good one. By doing so daily, you will at least be improving yourself by 1% everyday and constantly improving to become the best version of yourself. As the Japanese word “kaizen” implies, by doing so you’ll be continuously improving and enriching the quality of your self and your life.Think of something you do all the time and every day and work on perfecting it. We should strive to become the best version of ourselves.


According to The Art of War:

” Leadership is a matter of intelligence, trustworthiness, humaneness, courage, and sternness.”

“A general should have these five virtues.”

“Reliance on intelligence alone results in rebelliousness. Exercise of humaneness alone results in weakness. Fixation on trust results in folly. Dependence on the strength of courage results in violence. Excessive sternness of command results in cruelty. When one has all five virtues together, each appropriate to its function, then one can be a military leader.”

Work on cultivating your inner self, and remember these words as you do so.

5. Binge-read a Book

Don’t read any other book until you’re done with that one. A lot of people struggle with procrastination, so try to focus on and finish one thing at a time. If you’re stressed out, stop multitasking and choose one thing to do. Make a list and finish each point according to priority. Books are rich portals and can take you through different times and different worlds. Take advantage of them. Binging a book can help you realize how fast you can actually read as you realize you were missing out on such information. It can encourage you to read more and become more productive as well. Remember, one thing at a time.

6. Look into Video Games

Contrary to popular belief, video games played in moderation can be mentally and emotionally beneficial as it grows and strengthens your creativity and lowers your stress levels. Of course, remember to keep this in moderation, anything in excess become detrimental. Having your friends join as well can be a fun experience. You can play video games every now and then if you don’t like to for a long time.

7. Pick up Journaling and Note Taking

It can be a fun and interesting way to keep track of what you’re thinking and help you to realize what you want out of life. It’s quite helpful to keep a small notebook with you at all times. You turn your mindmap and your inner world into words, making it easier to take control of your thoughts and to become more aware of them and how they’re affecting your life. And then when you decide, you can take the chance to make positive changes for the better.

8. If Possible, Take a Walk or at Least Watch Nature

Nature is a great place for meditation and calming down. Taking at least 5 or 10 minutes a day to fully concentrate and focus on the tranquility of nature, stargazing, and listening to the breeze passing by the trees will help you to find gratitude easier and to appreciate the little details in life as you start to notice how slowing down will make you notice more and will aid you to live in the moment, avoiding you from taking things for granted.

9. Learn a New or Better Recipe for Your Favorite Food or Delicious Dessert

Since we’re going to eat something everyday, why not focus on eating quality food? Remember, when you perfect the details, the bigger image becomes perfect. Try out new and different recipes, including foreign cuisine, you might even find a new favorite or even make your own novel and original recipe.

10. Learn How to Make Passive Income

Look up courses online, watch videos, and read books. People may have different opinions on what passive income means, but in general, when you put in the work and understand how you’re creating that source of income, after fixing the base and building it up, eventually depending on what you do and how you’ve set it up, it will become a passive income source. This may include dropshipping, blogging, writing and selling ebooks, affiliate marketing, using Google Ads, trading and investing in the stock market and real estate, and many others. The more strong sources of income you have, the better for you and your ability to support the goal of financial freedom. You can research books related to that topic. 4 books I recommend at the moment are The Richest Man in Babylon, The Art of War, The Intelligent Investor, and Rich Dad Poor Dad.

What do you normally do when you’re bored? Feel free to share in the comment section below.

When a New Month Begins

Goals are a wonderful and essential thing to have in life. When achieved, feeling fulfilled will establish you to seek more of that positive energy and will potentially make you more productive as you carry on. That’s why it’s important that we set goals for ourselves, and the beginning of a new month can take you far if you do that wisely.

Take new timely beginnings (hours, days, months, years…) as a chance to have a fresh start again. We’re capable of changing our lives in any given moment we decide we want to change. It’s just important that when we decide that, we also choose to take the next step forward and turn that mental energy into action.

It’s normally more preferable to have this decision some time before the month ends and create an efficient and effective plan and strategy, but if you haven’t yet, that’s okay. You can choose to do that now. One month can change your life if you decide to.

The 7 Ideas That Will Help You Improve The Quality Of Your Life This September

1. Get Your Finances in Order and Create a Budget

Individuals work alot to guarantee their safety and security in life. But many know there’s so much more to life than just security, and so they work even more. Understanding how money works is essential to evolving in life. Whether someone wants to admit it or not, it’s hard to live in our world today without money. You might be able to get by, but it’ll be much less stressful if you know how to create consistent streams of income. That’s why instead of working harder, you shouldn’t forget that before that, you should learn how to work smarter. What’s the point in working harder if you don’t even have a clear path or direction, a straight destination and deep understanding, of where you’re going and what work you are doing? Work is a very personal thing, and everyone has their own way of understanding the purpose of that work. Are you passionate about it? Is it supporting your convictions and beliefs? Is it supporting your goals and motivations? It’s important to understand why you do what you do and where you want to go and when you want to reach your destination.

Once you got the answers to those questions out of the way, it’s time for some advice. Seek financial education if you haven’t already. Books, seminars, and mentors are your friends if you don’t know where to start. Some books include “The Intelligent Investor”, “Rich Dad Poor Dad”, and “The Richest Man in Babylon”. From there, you’ll find more the more you search in your financial journey.

I highly advise creating a budget for your money and wealth. Put at least 10% of any income you may receive and put it to work, so that it makes more money. That’s where investing comes into play. Use the profit you make from that 10% investment to reinvest and make more money. Never remove those 10% accumulating as if cash. It is the seed that creates the money tree for you for life. As this tree grows, the cash that you will use guilt-free without losing wealth will increase as well. That’s why you must never remove the roots of the tree, otherwise, you’ll have to create a new money tree all over again. The more money trees you plant in your life, the better it’ll be for you and the richer you’ll become. Read the books I mentioned before to understand this topic more thoroughly. The book “The Richest Man in Babylon” explains the concept I mentioned about the 10% in an easy to understand way. One idea for this is creating online businesses. There are many ways to create cash flow and passive income, and you’ll always learn new concepts and ideas about them the more you search for answers to your curious questions. The sooner you start, the better it is for you. You’ll reach financial stability and security earlier than expected. If possible, share your knowledge with your social circle so that you can all grow together.

2. Find a Hobby That Makes You Happy

With life always bustling and moving so quickly, it’s important to make sure that we’re taking care of ourselves and not letting stress to become our normal. We can integrate meditation, mandala coloring and drawing, journaling, writing a story, reading a book, making use of a microscope and telescope to discover what we don’t normally pay too much attention to, or simply enjoying the tranquility of nature, into our lives. Make this hobby a daily habit,even if only for a few minutes, and over time, you’ll notice a difference in your mood.

3. Drink More Water and Work on Improving Your Physical Health

Mostly everyone has experienced the terrible side effects of dehydration. But did you know that severe dehydration can cause the kidney to start shredding and may lead to permanent damage? It truly is terrible. Also, not drinking enough water can cause mental fog and dizziness. Other than staying alive and healthy enough to keep our kidneys in one piece, drinking enough water will give you mental clarity, clear skin, and help you to lose weight over time, while dehydration will have the exact opposite effects. Also, staying physically fit and performing exercise on a daily basis will help you feel more energetic, especially if you stay hydrated over that as well. It’s great to have longer stamina and energy to stay doing whatever you want all day without getting tired quickly. Also keep in mind that if you exercise and the scale isn’t changing, or you’re even gaining weight, but you look fit, it’s most likely that it’s you gaining muscle, since muscle is heavy. So as long as you feel better, then that says more than the number on the scale.

4. Learn a Language

I can’t emphasize enough on how important it is to learn another language. It opens so many doors in your path. It’s been medically proven that learning a language will help you to live a longer life and improves mental cognition as it strengthens the connections between neurons in your brain. Other than health benefits, this skill will allow you to enlargen your social circle as you’ll then be able to communicate with a more diverse community of different cultures and backgrounds, further strengthening expansion and widening your horizons in life. You’ll have easy access to books, tv shows, unique articles, and new topics that were previously unrecognizable and unaccessable to your cloud of knowledge.

5. Start On Something You Need To Get Done That You’ve Been Putting Off

Procrastination can really keep hitting us in the head if we don’t hit it back and destroy it. That’s why so many of our much wanted goals have been lying on a shelf for months gathering dust. Use this month as a fresh restart to get back to that delayed goal and this time, make sure it gets done. It can take time, and that’s okay, but don’t let it slip out of your hands again. It’s sad when a good habit has finally been working out, only to be abandoned again. Make sure, even if just for a few minutes a day, that you don’t abandon your positive goal again. You’ll feel great when it’s finally been achieved after all this time. Just get it out of the way, and you can focus on creating other goals in the process. Remember though, do the goal that you want to do, if it’s causing more harm than good, then you should reevaluate and analyze that goal again to see whether it is truly a positive goal or not and whether you really should continue pursuing it. You have the power to control it, so don’t let it control you.

6. Work On Emotional and Mental Cultivation

Life is always looking for different ways to throw new obstacles in your path, that’s why we need to learn how to take control of our emotions and let ourselves not be swayed by them. Instead, we need to be aware that we can turn them from something seemingly negative into a force benefiting us and giving us an advantage. Making it serve us. Staying open to diverse ideas and normalizing the practice of shifting our perspective will help us to view any situation from a completely novel and different stand point. This will help us learn and adapt to change, making the path of our mental cultivation a smoother and a more educational and welcoming journey. Anything that makes you react to something strongly can be used to your benefit. Everything is energy, be it negative or positive. Positive energy itself can help us be productive if we learn to understand how to convert that energy into action and put it to good use. However, negative energy, despite popular belief, can be used as a powerful source for productivity and manifesting our thoughts and goals into a reality. Next time when you feel a negative emotion, throw that energy and pour it into something productive. That will distract you, and at the same time you’ll be getting a lot done without realizing it.

7.  Have Control Over Your Mindset

How dreadful would life be without a proper and strong mindset. Our mindset, our perspective, our beliefs, our inner world, it’s everything. Without a healthy and sound mindset, we’ll only be prone to self-destruction and ruin our lives in the process. The quality of your mind will reflect, sooner or later, externally and will affect your life in the world around us. We see it in our behavior and actions, we see it in the friends we choose, the decisions we make, and the intentions and motivations we thrive on. If you’re in a bad state of mind, take care of yourself and seek help from others. There is no shame in asking for help when it’s needed. A friend can help, a therapist can help, a pet can help, you can help. Never stop trying to improve your mindset. If we lose control of our minds, then there’s no telling what unfortunate thing we’ll do. Always seek to have control over your mind to the highest of your ability, and then break that boundary and learn to master the power of your mind. With your intentions becoming sharp and clear, your life will have no choice but to change to the way you intend it to. I highly recommend reading the following 2 books: The Art of War by Sun Tzu and The Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason. They’re very useful, practical, and valuable books that you won’t regret reading.

Thank you for reading. I hope to have helped you improve your life in any way possible. Do you have any other ideas that can help to make this month more productive and uplifting? What do you normally do when a new month is beginning? Feel free to share in the comment section below.

The Ammonium Nitrate Explosion of Beirut

Yesterday on August 4th, many people were killed and left injured as they witnessed the sudden appearance of the red mushroom cloud at the port of Beirut moments before it suddenly ripped away and destroyed everything surrounding it.

It is said that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate have been present for six years stored away in the warehouse. Some have described the explosion similar to feeling like an earthquake.

Prime Minister of Lebanon Hassan Diab has stated:

“Beirut is grieving… All of Lebanon is disaster-torn. Lebanon is going through a quite ordeal that could only be faced with national unity and solidarity among all Lebanese from all backgrounds and regions. We are going through a disaster that could only be overcome with determination and tenacity to face this serious challenge and its destructive consequences.

What happened today will not fly by without accountability. All those responsible for this catastrophe will pay the price.

This is a promise I make to martyrs and injured. This is a national commitment.

Facts about this dangerous warehouse that has been there since 2014, i.e. for 6 years now, will be announced. I will not preempt the investigations. At the moment, we are focusing on handling the disaster, pulling the martyrs out, and treating the wounded.

But, I promise that this catastrophe will not go unpunished and those responsible will be held accountable.”

Al Arabiya

Lebanon has been going through a terrible economic crisis for a while now, along with the currency becoming of almost no value as $1 would at times become equivalent to sometimes reaching 9,000 Lebanese Pound, increasing and decreasing at times. There’s almost no dollars in the banks, and due to everyone panicking, the people usually aren’t given dollars, but Liras. With this new catastrophe that has left a lot of injured unhospitalized due to there not being enough rooms, considering that there are already those infected with coronavirus in hospitals using the rooms, along with some hopitals gone with the explosion, and many have gone missing completely, bodies not even found; with the tragedy having destroyed so many homes, businesses, lives, and futures of many added to the already many existing problems, we can only hope to stay strong and patient as we try to help each other as much as we can.

Motivation for Language Learning

Learning a new language has been a dream or a definite goal for many. Some people have fortunately found the source of their motivation and stand by it all the time, while some others may still be struggling to find something to get them going with this much desired target.

As with any action and journey we may take, we must initially ask ourselves a few questions: Where do I want to go? What is my destination? Why do I want to go there? What do I want to achieve, and how can I get there? Surely there must be a reason for wanting to learn your target language. The answer for that varies from person to person. It’s important to understand why we want to learn it, not just why we need to learn it. You could want to learn because you need to learn. But it’s a bit harder when trying to start from needing to, because sometimes humans, despite needing to do something for their own good, may not necessarily want to do that. We must want something out of this. Even if you say “just because”, that’s good enough. You want that language to become a part of your intellect. Maybe you need it for a higher job position, where learning it and attaining that position would increase your salary, and so you’d want to learn to improve your financial situation and status. Or maybe you’d also like to improve your friendship with your co-workers and speak their mother tongue. No matter what it is, keep that reason for why you want to learn, in your mind.

Keeping your goal in mind will help to form your motivation. Now, we must remember that there’s a process we have to go through. We mustn’t forget that both time and effort are two very important factors that will eventually determine how we’ll see our end goal. Therefore, we don’t need for only the end goal to be motivational, but we need the process to be as well. It should be enjoyable. During the journey, focus on what you’d like to be able to use once you have finally achieved the goal of learning your target language. For example, let’s say in the end you’d like to learn to read medical books in your target language. It wouldn’t make much sense to constantly learn how to read fashion terminology or topics that have nothing to do with the medical world and then suddenly become surprised and confused why it’s taking you so long to be able to read medical books when your focus was never on it in the first place. Determine exactly what you want out of this language. What exactly do you want to learn and want to be able to do?

Understanding the philosophy of achieving any goals in anything you decide to do in life will help greatly in understanding how to reach them. If you still find no motivation, then here’s a different question: Do you even want this? Do you, personally, deep down inside, want to learn this language or do whatever your answer turned out to be in the question above (instead of what I wrote about improving your financial situation and friendship with co-workers). If you don’t want to and really have no motivation for it or maybe it’s even stressing you out, maybe you could either look at it from a different perspective or even just change it altogether, and find a goal you’re truly passionate about that isn’t stressing you out so much. Just make sure you’re doing this because you want to, because it’s your goal and not someone else’s.

Anyway, in case you’re curious for what may be the motivation of some, it could simply be watching shows or listening to music without needing to read any translations. It could be to make travel and meeting people who speak your target language a more positive and pleasant experience. Maybe you want to read books in that language or even learn for the sake of mental health benefits. No matter what it is, keep the vision of what you desire to achieve in the end alive in your mind. Make the process consistent, everyday, and enjoyable. Learn what you want to know about. Surround yourself with the topics that intrigue you in that language. You could even change the language in your phone settings or whatever devices you’re always using. Learning anything is always more pleasant when we find a way to make it fun. So to those I asked “Do you even want this?”, if you do, despite lacking motivation, seek out ways to make it fun and enjoyable. The fun of it will become your motivation.

12 Tips on How to Stay Healthy

Most health tips these days are a bit similar, because usually all that’s required is that we actually follow such advice that we see everywhere. These tips aren’t anything unusual that you wouldn’t expect, but maybe have forgotten or aren’t aware of. Below are some tips that I believe would hopefully help you health-wise and maybe you’ll gain something from it.

1. Drink enough water

According to Mayo Clinic:

“The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is:

  • About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for men
  • About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women

These recommendations cover fluids from water, other beverages and food. About 20 percent of daily fluid intake usually comes from food and the rest from drinks.”

I recommend reading their article if you’d like to know more about it in detail.

2. Reduce your sugar and salt intake

Sugar is known to cause problems in the body, especially if taken in excess. Sugar has some benefits, but those benefits will quickly turn against you if not consumed in moderation.

Too much salt is known for causing water retention which occurs when excess fluids build up inside your body. This causes swelling in hands, feet, ankles, and legs. This is only one of the risks of consuming too much salt.

If you want to learn more about salt importance, how much you need, as well as risks of too much of it, read the article here.

3. Move around more

Some movement is better than no movement. Make sure you’re not staying still in one place for too long. Try to stay active when you can. Considering how much people usually sit when working, the need to move is increasing in importance. According to Mayo Clinic:

“When you sit, you use less energy than you do when you stand or move. Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns. They include obesity and a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels — that make up metabolic syndrome. Too much sitting overall and prolonged periods of sitting also seem to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.”

Here are some workouts that only take 10 minutes a day if you’d like to move around but don’t have much time:

https://www.self.com/story/10-minute-total-body-workouts-for-busy-days/amp

4. Eat in moderation

You don’t have to stop eating your favorite cravings, just make sure not to eat too much of it. Balance is key. Just be very aware of the meaning of moderate. Eat in moderation according to how much you should eat on a healthy level, not how much you want to eat. The true meaning of moderation is what we’re aiming for, not the meaning each of us form in our minds however we want. Avoid excess of anything and everything (including normal things in life, it applies to everything).

5. Don’t stuff yourself

It’s easy to eat all that we see in our plates. Make sure to eat mindfully and lightly. You’ll feel better than eating till your stomach hurts.

6. Shrink the plate

This will play a psychological role in making you eat less as the plate looks more full. Being mindful of portions will keep you aware of how much you’re actually eating every day.

7. Drink a cup of water before eating anything

Naturally, your hunger will decrease, even if just a bit. Also, this will help improve digestion. It’s usually recommended to do so about half an hour before you eat.

8. Don’t lay down after you eat

It’s advised to take a walk after you eat. You don’t want the food to stay sitting in your stomach and taking a longer time to digest. According to NDTV Food:

Simran Saini, a leading Nutritionist, says, “Brisk walking right after a meal helps in better digestion and reduces belly fat, which simply occurs due to no physical activity after eating. Also when we take a walk after eating we use up our consumed nutrients more efficiently.”

9. Don’t eat at night

Studies show that doing so would make the body store such calories as fat instead of burning them as energy, leading you to gain weight in the process.

10. Use a facial scrub

According to UWHealth, water will reach all other organs before it reaches the skin. That makes sense in terms of survival priorities for the body. So basically, until the rest of your organs have had their share of water, your skin won’t be seeing any of it until then, considering you’re drinking enough water for it to reach your skin eventually. That’s why we should keep in mind to take care of our skin ourselves by using natural skin care products, and try avoiding products containing chemicals in the long run. It doesn’t need to be expensive, just make sure you’re tending to your skin normally.

11. Don’t drink water while standing up

According to NDTV Food:

“It is a good idea to always sit and drink water rather than standing. By standing and drinking, you disrupt the balance of fluids in the body and this may lead to a greater accumulation of fluids in the joints causing arthritis. By sitting and drinking, your muscles and nervous system is much more relaxed and helps the nerves to digest food and other fluids easily. Your kidneys also pace the filtration process while sitting.”

12. Replace an Unhealthy Snack or Food with a Healthy One

This will make a big difference in the long run. You can start out small. You don’t have to replace everything, but it is healthier. Especially if it’s a heavy food, then replacing it will be wiser.

Remember that everything you do and everything you consume will affect you eventually. Changing your habits may start out hard at first, but with time, it will become normal to you. So make the decision to live a healthier life today and your future self will thank you for it.

What I’ve Gained From Learning a Language

When I was young, many family members used to speak Arabic around me. So I usually understood what they said, not everything of course, since I was still young, but being a naturally quiet person, I didn’t really speak it much. When we travelled later after some time, I went to a new school where the locals originally spoke Arabic. There were English classes of course, but the students normally spoke Arabic amongst themselves. So eventhough at the time I understood what they were saying, I was still struggling to understand everything that was said. This went on for years, with me being quiet as I normally was. At some point, I was put in a situation that forced me to speak with others because not doing so would cause bigger problems that I really didn’t want. And from then on, something in me changed. I found myself more open to speaking with those around me and naturally my Arabic got much better. Though I knew how to read and write, but one of the final steps was speaking, which I finally did. Now at 22 years old, I’m grateful for what happened in spite of the ups and downs of life. After becoming fluent in Arabic, I think about everything I’ve gained from this beautiful language.

1. Making Friends

2. Access to Great Stories

3. Watching TV Shows

4. Greater Job Opportunities

5. Understanding Slang and Phrases Used by the Locals

6. Using Both Languages in the Same Sentence

7. Discovering Delicious Food and New Recipes

8. Understanding the Radio

9. Not Needing to Deal With Confusion

10. Understanding Culture and Traditions

11. Blending In Instead of Being the Odd One Out

12. Improved Mental Health

13. Understanding Pop Culture

14. Being In On the Jokes

15. Being Able to Shop Online From Different Places

16. Finding It Easier to Learn Another Language

17. Being Able to Pronounce Words and Sounds that Don’t Exist in Other Languages

18. Simply Making Faster Decisions with More Accuracy

19. Ability to Understand My Family Members Better and Improve Our Communication

20. Traveling is Easier

21. Staying Up-To-Date

22. Remembering and Understanding What Went Wrong in the Past

23. Having Easier Access to Books, Movies, and Music

24. Discover New Ideas Unavailable to Others

25. Being Able to Fully Appreciate the Beautiful Meaning of the Language

Take Advantage of Staying Indoors

Due to the Coronavirus spreading and needing to stay at home, we need to take advantage of this time and work on how we can get the most out of this.

Try to work on whatever you’ve wanted or needed to but couldn’t because of distractions. In case you have children and can’t focus, if possible, try to create or fix some sort of routine or family system that’s beneficial to everyone where everyone is responsible for their tasks. You could also change the organization of your room and rearrange the furniture if you like. Anyway, try to take this chance to work on a skill you’ve always wanted to learn like learning a language or anything else. Maybe something that would help with your job or business. Plan for your future and try to fix and focus on whatever needs that attention. You could also come up with a plan that could help your community now and in the future. But as always, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Even if you don’t have much time for yourself, try to fit in short durations of productivity when possible, like exercising in the morning before anyone wakes up, or reading. 5 or 10 minutes at least everyday is better than nothing. Everything adds up.

Be Kind to One Another

The world already has enough problems. What we need is kindness and understanding. It isn’t wise to assume that we know everything about people and what they’re like. People do change. There are times in life when we’re forced to change, but we should always strive to let that change be a positive one. Look for everything good and every positive trait a human can have, and become that. Make that positivity a part of you, and share it with the world. Become a source of positivity and try your best at whatever you choose to do in life. Make it one of your goals to constantly improve yourself and grow everyday in the best way you can, as the Japanese word “kaizen” explains. Break down your goal into the smallest details possible and perfect each detail so that the goal itself becomes perfect and strong as a whole. By doing so, you may become the best at everything you do.

5 Story Ideas for Writers

Writing is one of the most important and beautiful, sometimes frustrating, things in life. Here are a few ideas and tips for writing fictional stories. These ideas may be applied however you find suitable. Enjoy!

1. Let your character(s) time travel. You could also simply write the events of your story in a different era, or even make up one of your own. Portals are a great idea to implement as well.

2. Mess around with the laws of Physics. Make the atmosphere of the story completely different from ordinary events and conditions. And let these laws in your story be completely normal for the characters, as in no one questions it.

3. Make the villains interesting and write from their point of view frequently, or even make the entire story from their point of view. You could also just include the perspective of all the important characters involved, or the thoughts of a minor passerby stranger who thinks the main characters are weird. They could also appear occasionally in every book, like Stan Lee’s cameos.

4. Make a character with no reactions nor any interest in any drama happening throughout the story.

5. Show the characters’ personalities throughout the whole story with their actions. Don’t just blandly state it. This applies to their appearance as well. Let the reader discover how they look and what they fear or care about as the chapters carry on. Give them something to always wonder about and guess. Don’t make the events predictable and obvious.