I never understood fake humbleness, the one that stops people from appreciating what they do while playing the victim – all I do is crap – role the crowds tend to love. Misery may love company – I don´t.
I´m quite public about the appreciation and respect I have for my work and I´m not ashamed to say I´ve done great when I feel that´s the case.
Every time I grab my first published book – “The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond” – I feel this urge of pride, tenderness and immense respect. I often wonder: was I the one who wrote it?
Make no mistake: I love this book and I´m not afraid to say it. I can only hope you love it too ❤
“When in Egypt, we should abstain from using the following expressions: in principle, as it is expected, by logic, naturally, for sure. This is the 5th Dimension, Neptune´s Throne, Madness Kingdom, Chaos disguised as a country. In order to live in it, we must learn how to flow with the Unknown and the Absurd; we must learn how to swim inside a Pandora Box from where every kind of real and imaginary disasters and blessings (two in one, more often than not) come out when we least expect it.
You cannot drive blindfolded? You cannot walk through fire and jump off a cliff every time you wake up? You cannot shake hands and dance with permanent insanity masked as polite manners? Then you´re not welcome to Egypt – at least not for a long and consistent period of time. You may visit and leave like a tourist who will not have access to realities beyond the superficial postcard; you can keep yourself imprisoned in your expatriate cocoon populated with other foreigners who reject any permanent contact with Egyptian local life. Other than that, you´ll be crashed.Or reborn.Your call; your choice.”
Excerpt from “The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond” by Joana Saahirah, 2nd edition, revised & updated.
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Photo: me and my first baby captured by the lens of Ana Samuel.