Thursday, July 27, 2006

Writing My Own Script

A few months ago I was approached by a lovely Libyan lady who knew me in the past.. right in the middle of all the confusion. She asked me to write about myself, to share my conflict and the trouble I had growing up in conflicting worlds... and to describe the synthesis I have become.

At first, I was nervous not only to share something so personal but to actually delve into it and put words on the emotions. And for a moment, I wondered if I would be misunderstood... but that is beyond my control, so the least I could do was just try. Writing the article was quite a liberating experience and touching as well. From when I first started writing in this blog and now to the article on Tibra by extension - I have been contacted by Libyans (mostly ladies with a similar struggle) who have been reaching out to share their own stories... in hopes of finding a kindred spirit. And, I am here.

I feel blessed. How ironic to have these experiences now, when I feel I need them less than I did when I was a confused adolescent exploring on my own. The more people I meet the more I realize that many people have had the same experiences - Libyan or otherwise - and that globalization has truly affected each and every one of us in such a deep way, especially as we were growing up and trying to make sense of the world.

What a pleasure to have met you all.. and H. thank you very much for bringing out my words and allowing me to express them in such an unashamed way.

I invite you to read my story.


At 5:11 PM, Blogger Hannu said...

Nura, my dear,

The pleasure is ours at Tibra. Your contribution is very valuable and furthers Tibra's mission and reach.

I'm glad you allowed us to share your story, and glad you feel good about it. And... I can't wait for more!

At 6:52 PM, Blogger Suliman said...

Nura: You and others have pointed out that your story feels familiar to many people, yet seldom if ever told. An ordinary story, perhaps, but definitely an extra-ordinary person. Best wishes!

At 5:47 AM, Blogger Highlander said...

Congratulations you deserve it , I'm so glad you decided to 'out' your story, it is important for many Libyans in your same situation. They will appreciate that you actually had the courage to voice this !

Maybe you can check what Redenclave has to say on a similar line of thought :)


At 12:45 AM, Blogger Desert Rose said...

A very impresive piece of writing ,I might say . You have touched ,what I have so long felt and kept hidden inside.
I, too was a victim and still am of 2 worlds and the search of belonging is as you very efectively described.
I thank you for coming out with your experience and sharing it with us.

At 8:30 PM, Blogger Nura said...

What great support, thank you all. I am very touched by your warmth and openness.. Sometimes I wish life was just a little bit simpler or this brain would just STOP WORKING! :)


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