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Reasons to not bend and change in order to fit in

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While everybody’s fear is not fitting in with the rest, mine is to unconsciously become a replica of what everyone else is. We’re slowly becoming copies of each others; we unknowingly give in to what society views as the norm, and we give up on habits that we believe don’t match those norms, the box that society created with labels attached to its every corner has imprisoned us and we failed to realize that this box only exist in our minds. It is human nature to try and conform with society but to an extent, and then it becomes blind conformity that leads to the loss of our identity. The following are theories of why you shouldn’t conform to the rest.

1. It’s all in our heads, perfection is a myth.

Who decided that the most popular in school should be that cool kid who ditches classes and bully others? Us. And who decided that the one with a book in hand is a nerd? Also us. We created the labels, we weren’t born with the categorizations, you’re both students but with different interests, that’s all.

Start your own labels, find those who fit to your own category. Instead of bending and changing to satisfy a category that’s not yours.

2. Therefore the social risk, also a myth!

Social risk is the fear of not fitting in society, but then again we’re those who created the labeling and the ideals of what makes one a true fit or not, and thus we’re also able to change those labeling or better yet end them.

3. Different is good, similar is also good.

I’m not here to say that standing out feels special because not everyone has the uniqueness to stand out, adapting to an environment is no shame. Losing yourself in the process is what’s wrong. The fear of not belonging is common and natural but once you get to the point of accepting those differences, you’ll come to love who you are.

4. You choose your influencers!

Conforming with someone with a more social influence is another psychological act, one that many does unknowingly, we watch how influencers dress and we mimic their style believing that this way, we’re more likely to fit in. But then again, all those followers and all those likes, who made them? Us. Then why do we try so hard to follow someone else’s lead instead of creating our own?

5. There are no minority and majority, only different sets of minds.

The sense of belonging to the majority gives us satisfaction and boosts our self-esteem, whilst being with the minority boosts our insecurities, then again who decided that differences in opinions should divide us to groups? Also us. Then why can’t we accept that there is no us VS them? Only different sets of minds with different views, opinions and values.

Bottom line is, if you ever feel the need to change your behavior, do it with the conviction that this a way for you to become a better version of yourself, to evolve not to change, to never letting go of your true essence; because day by day you’ll start losing bits of who you are until there’s nothing left of you to be fixed.

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AU commissioner Amani Abou-Zeid Chosen Among 100 Influential Women in Africa

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The leading PR and Rating firm ‘Advance Media‘ has included Dr. Amani Abouzeid, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy H.E. in the list of 100 Most Influential African Women in 2019.

This is gives up such pride as Dr. Abou-Zeid is the only Egyptian woman to be selected in this prestigious list that features inspirational women of whom are considered to have done an outstanding job in inspiring the next generation of African women.

The list represent 100 women from 35 different African countries, who are contributing positively in the community and are changing the feminine narrative.

The list includes presidents, diplomats, board chairs, CEOs, commissioners, scholars, politicians and philanthropists, notable among them are: Ethiopia’s President H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde, Liberia’s Vice President H.E. Jewel Taylor, Namibia’s Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, United Nations Deputy Secretary General H.E. Amina J. Mohammed and former presidents, H.E. Ellen Sirleaf Johnson and H.E. Catherine Samba-Panza. 

In addiction to featuring young female activists such as AU Youth Envoy Aya Chebbi, Farida Bemba Nabourema and Ilwad Elman.

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‘Bela Plastic’: Initiative Launched in Dahab To Limit The Use of Plastic

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Bela Plastic‘ campaign is an initiative launched in Dahab in an effort to protect the environment and marine life in Dahab.

President of the City Council of Dahab, Tarak El-Baz announced the launch of the initiative in early July, the campaign will include workshops and trainings to help raise awareness about the danger that plastic use impose on the marine life. These workshops will be targeted towards the hotels and restaurants, where plastic is most used.

Moreover, banners and warning signs will be placed across the city of Dahab as another way of spreading awareness and caution to tourists. What’s even more impressive is that volunteer tourism organizations and a number of dive centers will take part in the initiative by cleaning up the beaches of Dahab.

Such a remarkable step follows a decision that was taken three months ago by Governor Ahmed Abdullah to ban the single-use plastic in the Red Sea governorate. 

Another initiative was launched in South Sinai reserve called “Khali al-Bahar Yetnafes”, also targeting the hotels and resorts. Aiming to raise more awareness on the critical issue of single-use plastic.

We hope to see the results of these initiatives very soon, and for the outcome to be apparent in the next few months, especially with Dahab being a touristic destination for its environment and stunning marine life that attracts many tourists, preserving its sites is certainly a must.

 

 

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The Nile Branch of Gold’s Gym Partially Drowns

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Footage of the fitness center Gold’s Gym collapsing and partially drowning in the Nile is currently circulating the social media!

No further information of the incident was provided and no injuries have been reported so far, hopefully everyone got out safely during the evacuation.

 

 

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