Why did I pick this book?

This book was given to me by my sister. Her recommendations on books and music, I take seriously, and it helps me breaks my established inner patterns. She adds a bit of flexibility to my rigidity.

What do I like about the book?

It is not easy to write a memoir. However, this one is written with elegance.

What is one interesting idea that I learned?

That a person can get absolute clarity with life in 21 years and not struggle even after 44 years!

How long would it take?

1-2 hours

Paras or Quotes that I liked

“Everyone has something. Whatever it is, I can’t encourage you enough to do that thing as soon-and as frequently-as possible. In life, you need to allow yourself the room to do what you want to do with the precious time you’re given. Give yourself permission. I’m still young, but I often find myself thinking, “Ah! My time is ticking away! Why am I just sitting here doing nothing?” I need to use all the time I have, while I have it. After clearing that hurdle, you then have to actually do it, which is way more difficult that you might think. It’s not easy breaking down barriers and not give a single damn about the opinions of others. Those opinions shouldn’t inhibit your drive. Allow yourself to go there and add your splash of colour to the world.”

“None of us wants our existence to be based on what-ifs. So in the spirit of our collective interest, I suggest that you too shift your focus. Stop looking over your should. Stop looking off into the distance. Stop dwelling on expectations. Simple take stock and concentrate on how you feel and what you need right now. Then do it! Every decision you take today is a building block for the future that awaits you. As Joseph Campbell once said, “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”

Enjoy Maadi (Have Fun)