Good things really do come to those who wait while keeping a positive state in the face of frustration and adversity 🙏🏻 @ahmad_is_able thank you for inspiring us and giving us life lessons about patience, optimism and true kindness ♥️ thank you @nokiamorocco for the phone and @fujifilminstaxma for the instax camera, Ahmad was truly amazed by your generosity 🙏🏻 and again @babalouay and @samisaif.s for your precious time yesterday 🤗 can’t wait for what’s next !
Ps: don’t forget to ask him for a picture and help with what you can, #ahmad_is_able
2,8834520 March, 2019
On my way from hay Riad to Agdal in Rabat, I spotted this beautiful wall and parked nearby to take a picture of it.
A disabled man begging in the same street noticed that, and genuinely asked me if he can help taking a picture of me.
I was amazed by his genuine request to provide assistance, I smiled and accepted with a grateful heart.
Ahmad took some really amazing pictures, he was even suggesting me a set of poses to get more options: « turn your head a little bit, don’t look at the camera, now a bit more serious… » I was absolutely amazed and wanted to know more about him!
Ahmad is 34, he studied only 4 years and couldn’t find any decent job because he is disabled and comes from a poor family. He begs in the streets only to contribute to family needs and feel less disabled…
But Ahmad has obviously some hidden photography skills and he seems to love that! He is usually around this place, some girls already came and took pictures there but whenever he kindly offers his help, they show a kind of fear. Ahmad was really happy and surprised when I gave him my phone as he used to feel rejected.
Back home, I shared this story asking if we can all help Ahmad be a photographer and make a living out of an activity he seems to love already! The story resonated with many of you and I received a lot of suggestions and offers to help him live a better life. It was overwhelming to read you all !
you suggested that the place becomes a shooting location, @fujifilminstaxma can provide instax mini with a set of films so he can take cute pictures that people can buy and even share it on social media with his story and a hashtag ( how about #Ahmad_is_Able ) to raise awareness around this topic and invite more people to support disabled beggars find jobs and activities to live in a decent way; @babalouay want to give him his old dslr camera and another one is ready to give him lessons about photography. many of you suggested gathering some cash online to help him and his family in the beginning, but I realized that crowdfunding is still complicated in Morocco and North Africa in general so I suggest to start with offline donations (👇🏻1st comment)
4,84311515 March, 2019
Took this picture with @walidfatam Last month, and I honestly hesitated many times before sharing it... However, it’s an interesting feeling actually now that I decided to share it. Not trying to push anyone to do the same, I’m not afraid of heights and I’ve just learned to take some smart calculated risks; that’s what this picture is all about !
It was hard to find a balance between sharing it and not, because yes i still take care of my responsibility towards this community as I always do, but again i’m still free to share what I want, I’m not a perfect person and I might do forbidden things too, not for the gram but to convey my message: You should understand that what seems like dangerous and risky to you is not the same for me! society keep standardizing everything even our fears and abilities. You know I fear more public speaking than jumping from a helicopter or standing on the edge of a rooftop. i’m just not afraid of heights, it’s a risk I could handle with confidence and it makes me feel good and empowered when I do so. Everyone has his own fears and everyone has abilities that make him special fearless and empowered. Again Not trying to convince anyone to do so just celebrating diversity and freedom ♥️ Also how is traffic in Casablanca? 🙄 #rooftopping#urbanexploration#casablanca
6,57615512 March, 2019
I don’t like to be called « Influencer », it makes me feel unconfortable when I hear it as it seems like a BIG thing and it has usually a negative connotation, especially with social media. Aren’t we all influencers ? Yes somehow... and Although I take care of this platform with responsibility as I’m aware of this ripple effect, I still feel that this term is kind of arrogant 🙄 what do you think?
7682111 March, 2019
Tomorrow is International women’s day, but I don’t personally see it as a day to celebrate. Rather it’s a time to stop and reflect on what we don’t want to see the other 364 days of the year. It’s certainly important that we also take a moment to appreciate all that women contribute to society and to look back at how far we have come for equality, but we should acknowledge that there is still work to do for things like inequality in public spaces, at work, in education... it’s a day to appreciate what we have, where we live and the opportunities we get but also a day to see the bigger picture and realize what’s happening outside of our comfortable lives, outside of our coffee catch ups and networking events. Globally, in the world, how are we evolving? And are we even evolving in the right direction ?
On this day I used to receive gifts, and never asked myself why? I just appreciated the thought and was really thinking that it’s a day to celebrate women because they are « women » , but as I grow I started thinking why do I even receive a gift today, this creates even more division in my opinion. The problem in fact is not about THE day but how it is celebrated today with gifts / flowers and I think the naming itself is somehow confusing especially when you don’t know the historical situation, so in my opinion it’s important to recall it and talk about women empowerment especially in the less fortunate environments.
I, myself, used to believe it was « la fête des femmes » because of the gifts we receive, but today this makes me feel uncomfortable so I made the choice to refuse them all and break this whole confusion at least with myself.
Would love to have your thoughts on this! How would you like to celebrate this day ? What are the situations that make you feel still not equal to men ? Are you empowered enough wherever you go?
I miss that part of childhood, when we could still rely on training wheels to find balance 🤷🏻♀️
1,687371 March, 2019
Regard tendresse, regard ivresse, regard paresse. il se conjugue dans tous les sens. À contre temps, je m’abandonne dans l’harmonie intime des souvenirs, puis par moment j’imagine les aventures à venir | some old pictures by the multitalented @issamharrris 🙏🏻
4,1356326 February, 2019
We so often consider birds to have the ultimate freedom because they have wings to fly.
don’t you think it’s more about how they behave?
How they trust their ability to fly, and how they respect each others space?
I love to believe so !
The irony of freedom is that it’s deeply connected to commitment.
The commitment to make decisions that serve our highest good, and that of those around us.
So step out of this race, you are here to create not to compete
Filmed by my talented friend @walidfatam
Edited by @walidfatam and @zinebrachid
Scripted by @zinebrachid
Sharing This picture today reminded me of @oprah when she said “you have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world”. while I know the wisdom of those words, lately it’s evoked the question “what’s my true light?” Not that I’m lacking awareness around my strengths, it’s more that I’ve been feeling like a lack of passion for anything I’ve been considering as a passion before, and I guess the business environment around made me question myself a lot.
Don’t get me wrong, I strongly believe that pursuing a passion as a business is the ultimate kind of job one can ever do, I just realized that When we’re able to monetize what we love, sometimes we forget to question ourselves How does what we are doing now actually make us feel ? We don’t like to ask this question because we tend to convince ourselves that we have truly found our light since we have turned our passion to a business. But are we really pursuing our true passion or just something we love doing?
My understanding of the difference between these two terms is one (love) is something we enjoy doing, the other (passion) is who we are. And the thing is that when you pursue something you love and make it a business without finding your passion, you’ll always come to a point where your flame dies out, lacking any desire to keep burning.
I used to believe that I’m passionate about styling and travel blogging, until I no longer wanted to define myself this way. because what lights me up are not activities, they are more like subjective experiences. What I’m passionate about are things like learning new things and feeling empowered in what I wear, helping others feel empowered and trust their own intuitive guidance, working on creative projects, catching a wave of inspiration and riding it, collecting moments to share stories that would inspire others...
When I look back to my list of passions before and my list now, I can see why I no longer want to give myself a label of “fashion and travel blogger”, I still can’t define myself anyways but Redefining my list of passions at least truly unlocked this question of “what’s my light?” So What’s your list of passions?