My story with writing started when I was about ten years old when I wrote my first poem in Arabic, which I called ”Who Are You?” I published it in the school magazine. Ever since that moment, I have been asking myself the same question over and over, and apparently, I have managed to find many different, even sometimes contradictory, answers, yet the quest was never in vain. I figured that the more I dug into myself, the more I learned about the people around me; the more careful I was to hear my voice coming from the inside, the more attentive I became when I listened to others, the more important questions I tried to answer, and the more answers I was helping others to find. And of course, this whole experience opened my eyes to the different people I have around me and the tons of new things I can learn from each one of them every day.
I cannot claim today that I have figured the answers to all my questions, and I think I never will, but one thing to be sure about is that I will never stop asking these questions, and the more questions I answer, the more questions I will have.
This very first poem of mine, which was supposed to be a love message sent by a man to his beloved, eventually found its way to me. The more I learned to learn about myself and love myself, the more I learned about others around me and the more I loved them. So I keep writing and sharing my stories, visions and dreams with people because these have never belonged to me alone, as I did get them all from the people around me.
I write every day knowing that the very next day, I will criticize my writing and will find a lot of problems in its form and style, but I never lose my grasp of what I want to say. I am learning to write better and better every day, but the most important thing I have learned about writing is that I always need to know what I am writing. As long as I have something to say, I will be able to say it beautifully one day, and until that day comes, I will keep saying it.
I never know whose eyes might a couple of unplanned words open, whose life might be changed or whose heart may be touched by the very simple words I write coming from heart to heart. So I never hope to dazzle you, impress you or whatever, I only hope to touch your heart.
I am also interested in education, which has been my career for about fifteen years. I have learned a lot from the students I taught, the people I worked with and the many experiments and researches I did. I always try to come up with new ideas or improve the ones that are already there. Sometimes, I fail and some other times, I have great successes. It can never get more exciting than that! Also, my love for computers helped me find ways to apply my new ideas in a more modern fashion that have proved to be more useful and appealing to students of today. I wouldn’t say if I am more of a writer than an educator because I am both, and I love every single moment I have spent writing or teaching. But what matters is that I am here right now, and I have a lot to say. Life is a beautiful gift; let’s write our lives; Life is worth writing for.