Fadwa Al Qasem
I Am what i art
Confessions. Art Journaling. Art. Writing. Poetry. Play. And everything life in between.
We reach this age; say 50 something. We think "Yay! I have age so I must have wisdom, too. There's nothing I don't know about."
We sit on our big fat ass and feel so very complacent and smug. We've spent half a century on this earth, but we believe it's more like five hundred centuries.
We know everything about everything there is to know. And if we don't, we have a story that will either explain it or shut you up because we are older than you and you should listen to us.
But how much we lose when we don't listen to people younger than us? I'm not talking simply technology here. The kind that makes us go silent when that little guy of ten asks us "What's gravity anyway?" And we just sit there.
We say nothing.
We look far into the distance - as if thinking, but what we're really thinking is that we have no clue.
Meanwhile, the little guy next to us pulls out his smart phone, googles "what does gravity really mean" and gets about 137,000,000 results in 0.54 seconds.
No. I'm not talking technology.
I'm talking of the wonderful young men and women who I've been meeting recently and who are opening my mind to seeing the world from a new perspective. Ten, fifteen, twenty years my junior, working on amazing projects. Giving me new insights. Exapnding on thoughts I may have entertained but stopped delving into.
They shake my status quos. Those things that I, despite all my efforts, have taken for granted.
They take me from an attitude of "they're still young, they'll learn soon enough" to an attitude of "teach me; I want to learn.".
They magically open paths least trodden right before my eyes, and I'm just hoping I'm still fit enough to follow in their footsteps.
The hardest part is realizing that no matter how optimistic you are, pessimists are also "right". And then coming to terms that there are no absolutes. Right. Wrong. Good. Bad. Even with the toughest issues, some people will still feel justified for their actions or beliefs. Words often lose their meaning in the face of actions.
Light shining through anything is an instant mood changer with a fast spreading ripple effect. Dent in the world? Start with your smaller world; many small dents, one next to the other, small enough so you can be persistent. So you can continue being persistent.
Sometimes you can even love the dark (for a while) because you know it's the biggest reason why light is so powerful.
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