What’s growing up been like for you? Has it been a walk in the park (I highly doubt it) or a punch in the face? A bolt from the blue? A kick down the ladder? God, I feel like I can go on forever! I bet it has been the latter three, hasn’t it? This one is about the actual epiphanies that strike you in the process, the real realizations, the important revelations.
1. Growing up is realizing that you’re not ready for life, admitting to yourself that you can be cruel, too and that you’re capable of hurting people.
2. It’s looking back and finding a trail of people that you’ve left behind, some you’ll never be able to run to again
3. Growing up is understanding that you can’t scream “Mother!” Every time something goes wrong, and realizing that she, too, is a person with problems and issues that made her who she is and that maybe, just maybe for once seeing that she, too, needs help.
4. Growing up is failing over and over again until who knows when this train will stop and maybe you’ll one day get to see yourself in a better place, in a better state.
5. Growing up is anxiety, depression and a long wave of panic attacks followed by a brief period of normal breathing until the three hit again.
6. Growing up is trying hard to win that Oscar award for best actor/actress because God only knows how many times you’ve put a smile on your face when all you wanted to do was punch a wall until your arm went numb.
7. Growing up is understanding the true meaning of doubt, if you don’t doubt yourself, if you don’t doubt your abilities, if you don’t secretly see yourself as an imposter every time someone even suggests that you’re good at something, then you’re messed up.
8. Growing up is forgiving those you couldn’t hurt back at the time and those who wronged you.
9. Growing up is letting go, letting go of a past that once upon a time meant everything to you and held you back for God knows how long.
10. Growing up is admitting that you’re human; with weaknesses, vulnerabilities and a tremendous
amount of fuck ups.
11. Growing up is realizing the necessity of the process of elimination; eliminating toxic people, eliminating bad influences, eliminating uncomfortable vibes.
12. Growing up is experiencing the long awaited epiphany that is the idea that you should never sacrifice your comfortableness for someone else’s happiness.
13. Growing up is cutting the last thread that’s been trying to pull you back in for so long, be it a dying relationship or an abusive friendship.
14. Growing up is realizing that you shouldn’t apologize for the things you want. That you don’t owe people explanations for your every step and every decision.
15. Growing up is surrounding yourself with fences, brick walls, iron shields and every single form of protection you can think of until you realize that the only person you’re bullshitting is yourself.
So, stop being too damn hard on yourself. We’re all still growing up.
New Platform Launched to Connect Volunteers With Work Opportunities
A new volunteer work portal has been launched yesterday by the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi, the portal that links between volunteers and providers of volunteer jobs is expected to contribute greatly to the 2030 vision.
The portal aims at providing a platform that will bring together willing volunteers in different fields and provide them with several opportunities, in an attempt to properly organize volunteer work.
Minister Al-Rajhi said that the portal will help support the Kingdom’s efforts towards achieving the goals of the 2030 Vision, through accomplishing sustainable development in all fields.
“The platform will also contribute to meeting the Kingdom’s requirements in the current phase that requires everyone to work together wholeheartedly to serve the country and the society,” the minister said.
This volunteer work portal will be linked to the National Information Center, whereas hours of volunteer work, number of times volunteer work carried out, and the agencies involved in volunteer work will all be documented in the Absher portal of the Ministry of Interior.
The platform also comes in a time where it’s necessary for all of us to join our forces and face the threat of the pandemic, it comes just in time to confront the threat of coronavirus and work together towards putting an end to it.
In light of this, the ministry hopes that the platform will help serve those affected by the pandemic and the damage caused by the virus, by encouraging the capabilities and energies of volunteers in the Kingdom.
Coronavirus: Some Good News For Some tranquility
Amidst this coronavirus scare, we know that horrifying news are constantly coming your way so today we just want you to take a breath, lay back and relax for the government is doing the best it can to contain the outbreak.
Several crucial steps have been taken by the Saudi government, to ensure the flattening of the curve and to drastically reduce and eventually eliminate the spread of the virus.
Below are some of these steps that we hope can help you find some peace of mind!
Imposing A national Curfew
The national curfew will not only help limit the spread and ensure the safety of many but it will also help foster a sense of unity across Saudi Arabia.
The curfew was a much needed measure to be taken and we have faith that with all of us staying at home, with restaurants and cafes closed, this will soon come to an end.
The $32 Billion Grant To Offset The Impact Of Coronavirus On Economy
The government on Friday revealed stimulus measures amounting to 120 Saudi billion riyals ($32 billion) in an attempt to support an economy hit by the double blow of the coronavirus crisis and dramatically lower oil prices.
The Saudi National Disease Center Kicked Off COVID-19 Study
بدأنا في مختبرات المركز الوطني للوقاية من الأمراض ومكافحتها( #وقاية ) بدراسة التسلسل الوراثي لفيروس كورونا الجديد باستخدام تقنية "next generation sequencing” والتي تساعد في معرفة أين اصيبت الحالات المكتشفة بفيروس كورونا الجديد من خلال معرفة مكان نشأته وتتبع انتشاره داخل المملكة pic.twitter.com/Zh09XMUWoL
— المركز الوطني للـ وقـ ـايـ ـة من الأمراض ومكافحتها (@SaudiCDC) March 17, 2020
Just last week, the Saudi National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Weqaya) has announced the kick off of a study into the coronavirus using the “next generation” of genetic sequencing techniques.
The work carried out in its laboratories will help locate cases of COVID-19 infection and track the spread of the disease.
Drastic decline in coronavirus cases in Qatif
After the city was under lock down, the number of cases has fallen drastically and up until Sunday, there only four new cases reported.
Saudi Red Crescent Launches Coronavirus Online Awareness Initiative
The Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) launched a distance learning awareness initiative about coronavirus control and prevention.
It included 2,800 SRCA members, more than 3,000 volunteers, 220 students, and 1,100 trainees from the education and health ministries and other sectors.
The Kingdom Ranked 2nd in The Arab World in World Happiness Report
The Kingdom has been ranked the 2nd in the Arab World and the 27th globally in the World Happiness Report 2020 that includes 156 counties.
The World Happiness Report is issued annually by the UN and it measures the entertainment, happiness and quality of life indices. With all the Kingdom’s efforts in providing citizens with a better quality of life, it made perfect sense for Saudi Arabia to be ranked the second.
The report also evaluated 186 cities from around the world in terms of happiness and entertainment, Madinah made it to the 46th place, while Jeddah was ranked the 59th, Riyadh 62nd and Makkah 65th.
In light of this achievement, the report also expects that Riyadh, Jeddah and Madinah will be listed among the Best Twenty Cities in the World.
Mazrou’ Bin Salah Al-Mazrou’, the Spokesman of the Quality of Life Program highlighted that achieving such a ranking is a true indication of the efforts being exerted in an attempt to maintain social welfare.
“Advancing one place means a lot, as the world is also progressing. We are not alone in the race. The Kingdom has superseded important countries at the global level, like Spain, Italy and South Korea.”
“We’ll exert more efforts to make the Kingdom the pioneering country in terms of quality of life worldwide. This is part of a big movement coming under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and other projects launched by the Saudi leadership recently.” He added.
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