As long as I am alive, I will keep dreaming

“To have the courage to dream despite war is where life starts.

This is the topic I want to discuss before I discuss myself. I want to explain each word in detail so that when I talk about myself you will understand who I am.

In my opinion, courage is a very difficult thing. Only those who are so strong or those who have nothing to lose are courageous.

You write the storyline of your life and make memories while you are young. And at this stage of your life, you can decide whether you will be strong or turn away from life, whether you want to fight or hide. This is the stage where you decide what you want to be.

As a young Syrian, living through the Syria crisis, I chose not to sleep in the dark and let monsters haunt me. I chose to get up and fight my fears. I chose life. I make a life for myself in a world where the gunpowder tries to suffocate us with fear and darkness. A gunpowder that wants to douse any light that would illuminate our way. But I choose to brighten the hearts of the world through the light in my heart.

I would have never been able to do that without courage – courage to dream. The thrill of life doesn’t exist unless we dream and seek to achieve our dreams.

Despite war and difficulty, the strength of a dream is an adventure and a challenge itself. It’s proof that you deserve to live this life. Even if living in war is difficult and a nightmare which buries every dream, every wish, and breaks every heart.

As a young Syrian, I’m struggling to achieve my dream of telling the truth through taking pictures. The truth is like a three-dimensional image of reality, it is reality in all its aspects. I wish to transmit reality through my pictures, to deliver the truth with all of its aspects, hoping that I can inspire others. I dream of being a photographer who shows the sadness and the happiness that my country and my people go through – by taking pictures that tell the whole story.

Whenever I feel lost, I remind myself that earth is always spinning round and round no matter what happens. Earth doesn’t depend on what stops it, it depends on what keeps it going: Energy.

I will take my energy and strength from the earth, I will let positive energy drive me forward to achieve my dream. I will be one of the young Syrians who dared to dream and I will tell anyone who reads my post, if you have the will, you will find a way.

As long as I am alive, I will keep on dreaming.

Gaby Masho, 22 years old. Read Gaby’s original post on the Voices of Youth Arabic platform.

Read Salam Al-Nukta’s story about Syrian resilience on the Voices of Youth blog

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  1. Dear Gaby,

    I do not know how your eyes look like, I do not know where you are now, and I do not know if you can read my comment to your beautiful blog. But I take the initiative to write a few words to let you know that you are not alone in this world that seems losing its humanity in many different ways.

    Who are we without any courage? We are passive people who throw away their existence, their chance to breathe the world, and their possibility to live life. This last does not smile at everyone in the same way but an Arab friend of mine, about 10 years ago, has said to me that we are born different but similar somehow. What counts is the strength we have inside our soul and the courage we develop by walking our paths. So I ask you for never giving up!

    You are only 22 years old but you have already a vision and a personal roadmap to pursue such vision. There are people who are 80 years old and all they have brought to the world table is destruction, offense, hate, emptiness, superficiality, and other negative things. But you are alive inside so keep that energy you have, save it for the future, and grow it with other likeminded people. It does not matter where you are at the moment, go out there the way you can and find people who want to walk with you. And help us who live in another continent to understand who the Arab people are, what the young Arabs dream, how you see the world and see us, and how we can help. Photography is a great art to report so cultivate your passion because it goes hand in hand with courage. You will need both to live life but you will find others who understand who you are and support your vision.

    Never feel lost because the sadness surrounding you in your country is not you, is not who you are but just where your body happens to be right now. Feel the energy you have mentioned and let your fire burn because nothing is impossible to the human being who sees beyond his/her nose and has a vision. Just stand up, work hard, and walk toward that vision, that light. You have already seen it and you just have to continue the steps.

    With care…

    Laura Gagliardone

    1. I have read your comment from the first day I wrote it .. I did not know how I could answer these words before now that I really understood the importance of this site and the importance of delivering my voice here ..Your words have printed inside me a great hope that he continued writing and writing, perhaps one of the days that these minds wake up and realize what will be reformed by itself and what will do to rebuild the inherent self in societyThank you very much. You have planted me a lot with these words and this support

      Gabi Mshow