Six years ago I used to go for a daily early jog – ahem, that was before my awesome college took me away from doing my favorite routine – alone or with one of my neighbors. I was very familiar with the other joggers since I see them everyday but I didn’t get their names.
This day was no different, my neighbor and I was on our way to jog as usual and she wasn’t a fast jogger so I had to slow down a little to let her keep up with my steps. And before reaching the track that we use for jogging something different happened …
One of the old joggers was passing us by, I didn’t know his name or anything about him except that he jogs daily after dawn, finishes his round before I start mine at 6:30, and keeps exercising till he reaches his home. I couldn’t guess his age but I thought he’s retired and probably above 60.
Anyway, he noticed my neighbor and me walks a little slow so he started joking with us.
“Oh girls, you look like two old ladies talking about their hell of kids when you walk this way!” he started.
“Come on, hurry up a little. I don’t know what’s wrong with your generation, you keep acting like old people and you seem to lose your passion for life! And look at me, maybe I’m the same age as your grandfathers but I feel so young inside. Just live your age and enjoy it!” he finished talking giving us a warm smile and left to continue his daily exercising routine.
My neighbor and I were smiling during this brief moment and laughing from the way he said that we look like two old ladies and once he left us we went to jog like we’ve never done it before!
I was really impressed with this man. I used to watch him long time ago and wishing to be like him when I’m old. I loved how he loved life and tried to enjoy it and get the best of it without thinking that he’s too old to enjoy. I loved his stamina because compared to our generation he looked strong, full of life and had sparkling eyes that reflected his happiness and satisfaction of what he has and what he can do.
Since that day, I learned one of the most important lessons in my life:
A person’s age is just a useless number that only counts the number of years he/she has spent on earth. It has no significant importance unless we gave it one ourselves. It doesn’t matter if you’re 15 or 75, it doesn’t matter if your skin was smooth or if was wrinkled, it doesn’t matter if you still work or if you’re retired, because as long as you’re feeling young in the heart as long as you’re really young. As long as you’re willing to live your life to the fullest and enjoy it before it ends as long as you’ll do just that.
I learned not to care about my age like most girls and women do, I only try to live and make the best of my time, and I don’t hide it for the fear of getting old and admitting it. I say how old I’m with no hesitation and I believe that what constrains me is not this number, but my own mind instead.
Dear fellow jogger, thank you!
Parry El-Wahey © 2012
Since I dedicated my blog to be about every manner concerning Life and People, I thought of starting a new series called “A Lesson Learned” about the lessons I’ve learned through life. Of course I didn’t learn them in a normal school, but rather in the greatest school ever that we call it “Life” …
I came across a lot of people in my life – some were strangers and some I perfectly knew – who taught me the most powerful and important lessons a person could ever learn.
I do believe that sharing experiences is one of the best ways to learn and I also believe in the distinct effect other people’s experiences have on us, so I’ll be posting soon about these experiences and I hope you enjoy reading them and wish you would find something new to add to your own knowledge and may them change your life even a little or a lot just as they changed mine 🙂
Love & Peace
Up above is where I seek
A peaceful place where I want to be
Above the skies
Away from earth
Where my soul can be set free ..
Away from troubles, noise, and traffic
In a much simpler and cheerful place
Where I can enjoy peace and quietness
Where the sun is always shining
Where I can fly between the clouds gracefully
Where my soul can be set free ..
Parry El-Wahey © 2012
A couple of days ago I’ve been watching television. I had the remote control in hand and I started moving from one channel to another hoping to find something interesting. I ended up watching a Jim Carry’s movie “Bruce Almighty”. Even that I’m not a fan of Jim Carry, but I told myself: “Why not, at least it’s something comedy and Morgan Freeman is there too!”
Anyway, I watched the movie for almost 10 minutes and then I heard them!
Those 11 words that left me entranced!
“Since when anyone have got a clue to what they want?”
This poem was originally made for a writing contest “Picture Worth Your Words Contest” http://ashscrapyard.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/picture-worth-your-words-contest/
- My Last Breath
It’s cold out there
I feel so insecure ..
Without you by my side
There’s a pain I can’t endure ..
I keep looking everywhere
Dying to find you ..
But you’re nowhere in sight
I feel the urge to follow you ..
I know it’s not your fault
You didn’t want it to be this way ..
You left me with no other choice
But to think of this every single day ..
To be with you, whatever it takes
To cross the borders between life and death ..
To throw myself in your arms
Even if it means taking my last breath ..
Parry El-Wahey © 2012
“Being a ‘Positive’ person doesn’t mean that you’re living in your own imaginary world, or that you’re seeing everything painted in the 7 colors of the rainbow!! In fact it means that you’re in peace with your life. That you understand that it’s all about learning and getting experience, knowing that every fall prepares you to a moment of glory, and grasping the most important aspect of life; If was smooth and easy all the time it would’ve been dull and days would’ve been similar with a single routine, but what makes it interesting is the changes that takes place all the time … So, stay ‘Positive’ because life is too short to live it with a ‘Negative’ mind.”
“We fall to rise again. We trip to get back on track one more time. Every time we mess there’s a chance to learn more … More about ourselves, more about life, and more about how to figure out a way to succeed. As long as life goes on, as long as we’ll learn more.”
Parry El-Wahey © 2012
Memories are like time machines. They have the power to bring you back to the past to remember who you used to be, what you used to love or hate, and how you felt toward different situations.
They’re a vital part of your present, and a great base to build your future on if you decided to keep them alive in the right way… Every memory leaves its trace in your life and only you can get the best of this trace and turn it into a winning card. Regardless the kind of this trace, whether it was cheerful, painful, motivational, or even disappointing you can shape it the way you want and let it work for your benefit.
Think of one cheerful memory you have in mind, remember how you felt back then, how you smiled and felt happy because of it. If you have that joyful memory that makes you forget about anything bad you’re facing once you recall it, keep recalling it every now and then to cheer you up and put you in a better mood to continue whatever you’re up to.
On the other hand, the painful memories can be so hard to forget, sometimes it seems to be impossible to block them out and get rid of their negative effect. But think for a moment why would you try so hard to erase them from your mind?! Is it because they bring along all the negative feelings you’ve been trying to avoid? Or because they remind you of something or someone you lost or had to let go in the past? Or maybe some other reasons. But whatever the reason you have behind wanting to forget these memories you probably shouldn’t do that!
Sophia Loren said once: “I’ve never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. I don’t understand people who hide from their past. Everything you live through helps to make you the person you’re now.”
Painful moments are part of your life and as much as they may hurt so bad at a certain time, as much as they can change your life dramatically. Some people -after being faced with pain- try to get over it and continue their lives to prove to themselves that they’re stronger than the pain and that nothing can stop them or stand on their way, while some others just quit everything and surrender!
Memories of loss, failure, lack of confidence, disappointment, and pain can be a turning point in someone’s life; can make him/her think about changing their lives to the best after experiencing the worst.
A great motivation can arise from a previous bad situation that you had to face; it can make you realize that you still have so much to live for, so much to give, to learn and to prove..
Keep your painful memories alive! Keep them in front of you as reminders of what you used to be so they can push you forward to reach what you really want to be.
The failures you encountered before shall turn into successes, and the heartaches will make you stronger and give you a good idea about how to deal with them if they ever happened again in the future. If you keep a memory of a mistake in the back of your mind you’ll probably never repeat it again. If you keep a memory of something motivational, something that fills your soul with the willing to work you’ll probably jump off your feet and go out to do something unfortettable.
Never forget, everything happens for a reason. Not to put you down, but to wake you up. So, stay alarmed and don’t miss the call …