The truth of our life and existence is that problems and setbacks happen more frequently than we would like them to be. Times change, new challenges arise, and new objectives are to be formulated. At times of quiet, and hectic decisive moments when mere good intentions are not enough; life demands of us, courage, boldness, creativity and an unquenchable fighting spirit.

How we approach the difficulties of our lives is what makes the difference. Sometimes we ask; how can we cope with the radical changes that we are faced with? It’s like acting a scenario in a new manner where things we used to do so well, now needs to be relearned. And how can we fight without letting go of fundamental values? And more, how do we know exactly what’s the right thing to be done at the right moment? The amazing thing is that it is precisely upon facing adverse situations that many rediscover the best in themselves while giving meaning to those adversities. These are the times when the entire universe gathers around us to whisper in our ears:

To be, or not to be, that is the question—

Whether it’s nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of an outrageous fortune,

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles


There are times in our lives when we start underestimating ourselves. When we think that the problems we face are bigger than the guts in our soul. We have a choice; to fight or to fly. Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice to be or not to be. The gifts and strengths we have been blessed with seems to be shattered by the challenges bestowed upon us. The obvious way appearing in front of us is to let the things go, go with the flow, swayed away with the winds of hardships. To be or ‘not to be’.

To be, or not to be, aye, there’s the point,
to die, to sleep, is that all? Aye all:
No, to sleep, to dream, aye marry there it goes,
For in that dream of death, when we awake,
And borne before an everlasting Judge,
From whence no passenger ever returned,
The undiscovered country, at whose sight
The happy smile, and the accursed damned.


Often and often must he have thought, that, to be or not to be forever, was a question, which must be settled; as it is the foundation, and the only foundation upon which we feel that there can rest one thought, one feeling, or one purpose worthy of a human soul? Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self. In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.

This is when he stands up, for his identity, for his honor. This is when the miracles begin to happen.

The man rises above his own expectations, like a phoenix, with a spark in its eyes, ascending towards heavens.

It is a most satisfying feeling to reach the end of a task with a feeling of duty fulfilled and receive the accolades and respect of all our family,

The admiration of the people we love,

To hear our names spoken with pride,

The pride of having seen the obstacles, the opportunity of growth, The pride of having seen the ups and downs of life and the pride of being a winner who did not give up fundamental values.

-Hamza Rafiq

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