I'm going to Pakistan during the spring break and I am really excited because it has been a long time since I was last there. I have never visited some cities in Pakistan such as Lahore, Islamabad and Kashmir.
I was really young when my family first left the country. I am really excited to visit these cities and have heard a lot of good things. For example, the food is really good and there are so many beautiful places. Kashmir is a bit different from Lahore and Islamabad. It is the most beautiful and there are some really stunning villages. The mountains are also exceptional. Another thing I am really excited for is clothes. I have never worn traditional, Pakistani dresses. They are really pretty and there are many kinds. The clothes for weddings and parties are different because they are louder and shinier whereas the casual clothes are really simple and comfy.
I will meet my cousins after a really long time, I am kind of nervous but also really happy. I feel like there's no better place to feel at peace than your home country. When I was young I went to Pakistan from Dubai but I didn't appreciate the feeling because I was too young and didn't appreciate those kind of feelings. Now I am really grateful to be able to go back to my home country and feel happy because no matter how long you have lived in other countries your home country will always be the most important. I feel like everyone should appreciate their family and home, you can't expect other people to do so. I have always tried to be grateful for my home and my family, of course there are ups and downs and everything is not always going to be perfect. But I can say that I have never felt more secure and at home anywhere else.
Pakistan is not fully safe, there have been some difficult cases but it is changing and I am grateful for that change. I think the future is going to be good. I feel like students from Pakistan and India can get bullied easily because of their country. It is sad that in our world many people are being racist towards some countries and hope that things will be better in the future.
So you made it to a new country or city and have planned all of these exciting things but they suddenly get canceled, what do you do? Most people would complain on the internet, but what you should be doing is realizing that one of the greatest joys of visiting a new place is appreciating small local pleasures - the really genuine experiences on offer. There are plenty of websites like Airbnb which give you access to fun events coming directly from locals and allow you to experience something a little less by the (guide)book.
For example, me and my family went to Mexico and met a restaurant owner who gave us amazing food (Puerto Vallarta, Rainforest Café). We realized he also gave boat fishing tours and because of that we heard so many fun stories about the city and had a better understanding of places to go based on his recommendations. He knew a lot more than the typical tourist information.
Another example would be in Australia. We are lucky enough to have relatives in Perth (west coast) and decided to go there. Going out for a morning run we stopped at a local café and met this really kind man from South Africa. We drank coffee at his café every day discussing coffee and the many fun things to look out for in Australia. Not only that but we learnt that on the west coast you can take a boat to take a selfie with a quoka :)
The list goes on and on and on with how many amazing places I have found over the years by just walking aimlessly around a town or city. Here are some photos of things we found on accident or things we found through talking to locals.
2019, people are calling it a year of change, a time to reflect on yourself and improve on you deepest most desired goals. Among them the usual: working out, eating healthier and getting good grades. I wanted to share a way to get it done and stay motivated, without giving up in a month. The first step in any goal-oriented journey is having your real reason for doing it set and having a why before thinking of the how. For Example, the reason for losing weight is never "just because", think deeply on the effects it would have on your life and a possible positive outcome, this will help you decide on why you truly want to do it. This is step one.
Step two - if having that drive still cannot conquer your willpower, time to take yourself out of the driver's seat. Have somebody else help guide or even do it with you i.e. a bet with friends, a group chat tracking a group's progress, personal training, the list goes on.
Step three is the final and most difficult part of keeping a resolution or goal and that is mistakes. A countless number of people set the penalty for little mistakes more severe that the goal itself, hindering your performance. The most common way I see this is with a goal like losing weight. Don't punish yourself by skipping meals or increasing the strictness if you break your diet plan rules. Understand that blips will happen and now are in the past. The only direction in life is forwards, nobody can go back.
The last point I will mention in this article is small goals, things like drawing more, using a planner for getting work done on time, taking more photos etc. These are often excused with "I just don't have the time" or "I cant seem to stop procrastinating". Think about yourself as humanity was thousands of years ago - running on instinct, our brains don't want to take the hard route and will try to convince you otherwise as fast as possible, even now. With that in mind I encourage you to check out Mel Robbins' '5 second rule', this is an amazing speech of a technique used to "hack" your brain into getting things done the hard way. Simply put, count down from 5 and when you reach 0 have already started the task you wanted to do, run and grab your camera before you leave, walk out of your favorite snack aisle or even get started on that work project.
With all that good luck to you, Happy New Year and I hope that all this will help you in succeeding in 2019. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, GO!
During the winter break I had a lot of fun. I went to some new places and tried some new food as well. For Christmas I went to a Christmas party. I got so many gifts from my friends and my sisters, we ate a lot of food and also prayed before eating. It was my first time going to a Christmas party and I loved it. I also went to see yuki matsuri (snow festival) in Yamagata, it was really beautiful, they built a giant snow house and it was shining. There were also so many snowmen in yuki matsuri. I went to Tokyo and I tried some new food which was really good. On December 31st I went to USJ with my sisters, it was amazing, I had a lot of fun. We had to leave USJ early (because it was the day before New Year) so after that we went shopping - it was kind of boring because I was really tired. We went home and we watched a really famous Japanese TV show called Waratewaikenai, it was interesting. That show is only broadcast once a year. I also sent some new year cards to my friends and writing them brought back some memories. 2018`s winter break was really fun!
Be grateful, know when to stop and remember what you have instead of worrying about what you may not be getting - it changes your perspective for the better. Starting your day the night before allows the subconscious to work on things while you are asleep. Maturity is having the ability to learn to delay gratification and also recognising we have a choice as to how to behave when things don't go our way. If you remember to take the high road, you`ll end up where you want to be. Drop the attitude! If you think the world owes you a living, you might want to re-evaluate your position. It is quite possible that, by feeling entitled, you are pushing away things and people you might like. Don`t ignore your emotions, but remember that feelings aren`t facts. Emotions need to be honored in their own way but just because you have a feeling doesn`t mean that it is an objective truth. Watch out for negative thinking. Sometimes we get into negative feedback loops and don`t even know it. If thoughts of being helpless and hopeless continue to enter your mind, you might just need to take a nap or perhaps talk with someone who can help. Set up and stick to a routine. We are creatures of habit and good habits, such as getting regular exercise, make us feel better. Maintaining good habits also helps us feel control over our lives. Know who you really are and learn to honor yourself. We all fake it from time to time and this can be a good thing, but never compromise your personal values and always strive to be your best self. Be sure to savor a part of everyday, look for those little bright moments that happen all the time which often go unnoticed. The world is full of opportunities, but sometimes too much thinking can get in the way. If you try to take shortcuts, you may actually end up making your journey longer and more arduous. Getting serious about making improvements is a great start and taking action is the next important step.