Not just living the dream...

Everywhere we go, there is constant and intentional mention of the American dream; in schools, places of worship, government and many other social forums. Today, we choose the Lebanese dream. We choose to stop playing victim and rise to the occasion. We choose to use our knowledge, skills and information to empower the women, children, men and leaders of the Lebanon and the world at large. A Lebanese teacher, student, migrant and political activist share their Lebanese dreams below.

Ferwa Hayek: Our potentially favorite chef-student

Even though I’ve always been a food enthusiast, and I believe that being Lebanese-American came as a gift to me. I have mastered various American dishes, and I'm thorough in the Lebanese cuisine as well. My dream is to one day open my restaurant to serve a fusion of Lebanese-American dishes. This is not only aimed at satisfying us physically but also to teach unity and oneness. I will also set up my blog through which I will share my experiences and delicious recipes!

Idris Khoury: The Empowered teacher

Being a teacher has taught me patience, prudence, hard work, resilience and most importantly, unconditional love. At the beginning of my career, the thought of quitting had crossed my mind severally, and l was ready to up and leave. My students blatantly disregarded me and constantly reminded me that it was only a matter of time before I was shipped out of the country. I chose to rise above all these and have taught love and coexistence to my students and the online community as an editor.

Hamia Jassar: The savvy political analyst

My Lebanese dream is to one day have a world free of corruption, oppression and modern day slavery. As a writer and political analyst, I share the daily experiences in my field of work, and delve into the loopholes in our society and government, in a bid to shed more light on them. The more we talk about such pressing issues, the more we expose the wrongdoers and continue to change the world one article at a time.

Merjan Boutros: The broken record

The one thing I will never cease to remind the youth is that they should live a life free of regret. Most people think I am a broken record. As a child, my biggest dream was to leave my home country (not that I hated it) and see what truth lay behind all the magical and mythical stories we were told about foreign lands. I will not hide the fact that it was a struggle at first, but here I am now, enjoying my golden years, all because I took a risk.' I cannot imagine how my life would have been had I not taken the chance, and I am happy that I took all the hurdles by their horns.

Our contributing writers have shared very empowering messages. If nothing else, I hope we take home the fact that we don't need millions of dollars in order to make our community or the world a better place. Change starts with me and you. Take the first step today in the journey of a better world. What is your Lebanese dream? Write to us.


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