I am human. I am a child of God. I am the son of my parents. I am a brother. I am a friend. I am the person that people go to for help. I am the person who seeks to encourage others to see their full potential. I am the person who is not afraid to push you beyond your comfort zone because I know you can do better. I am the person who will laugh with those who laugh and who will mourn with those who mourn.
I am someone who seeks after knowledge and craves for wisdom. I am not satisfied with the status quo. I believe that sometimes it’s good to be unsatisfied so that we can have the fire to dream for better things. I strive for excellence in all I do. I yearn to make this world a better place. I want to leave this world knowing that somehow, someway, I made it just a tad bit better than before I came.
I love people. I love interacting with people. I love talking with people. I love coming alongside others in this journey called life. I love speaking words of affirmation to those who are discouraged. I love challenging those who are proud and think they know it all. I love hearing the words “I don’t normally say to this to anyone but…” or “I can’t believe I’m telling you this…” I love getting a phone call in the middle of the night asking for prayer to make it through the rest of the night. I love helping others.
I long to change the world. And I want to change this world because God changed me, and ultimately, I think it’s God who will truly change the world. The God who describes Himself as merciful and just and slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love is the same God who tells me I should probably do the same to those around me. As the old song goes… “I’m not perfect but I keep trying.” The love that God has shown me is the same love that I want to show the world. And ultimately, I do think that love can overcome even the vilest hate that this world can conjure up. So maybe the Beatles were indeed right when they said that “all we need is love.”
I went to one of the best arts high school in Canada (Canterbury High School). I’m so glad that I grew up with people who loved the arts and flourished under its nurturing arms. I’m glad that I grew up in a place where acceptance is the norm and discrimination was unbelievable. In some ways, I was so surprised when I got out of that place how the real world is NOT as nice and as loving as I thought it was for four years. I went to l’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa for my Bachelor of Arts Honours Psychology degree. I graduated cum laude (with honours) even with a D in Chemistry. (To this day, I still don’t know why I took that class. Like everyone, I was under the illusion I was going to be a medical doctor someday. Sigh.) I lived in North Africa for 2 years and have mad respect and love for my Muslim friends and brothers. They broke all the stereotypes that Western media have inflicted upon me. I went to McMaster Divinity college for my Masters of Theological Studies degree. I got the Catherine Thomson McAlpine scholarship award for academic excellence. That was so unexpected and super humbling.
I am a product of my family, my friends, my enemies, my acquaintances, my books, my movies, my T.V. shows, and my music.
I am me.