I was probably no more than 11 years old when my parents took us on a trip to Egypt. That year at school, I was studying Ancient Egypt in one of my subjects, and it was all so fascinating to me. So I was all over myself knowing that I was going to be in Egypt that same year.

What If I Never Went InOf course, one of the most important must-see attractions on our list was the Pyramids. I remember it like it was yesterday. There I was, with dad holding my hand, right at the entrance to one of the pyramids! My dad takes two steps in and felt claustrophobic, I think. He decided he didn’t want to go in. That was all fine and dandy, except that he wanted to decide for me too that I should also not go in! What?! Why?!

At 11, what parents do or not do really sinks in and has an impact on us. So I actually hesitated for a minute there as to whether I wanted to go in or not. It didn’t take long for me to remember all the details from my books in school and how magnificent it would be for me to be in that space and see it with my own eyes.

So, in I went. I will never forget the vividness of the colors of the drawings on the walls and the information I learned from the tour guide regarding the sun shining in only once a year or something to that effect.

When I went to university, I again found myself lost in books and pictures of art and architecture that I unknowingly yearned to see in real life. Sure enough, in my twenties, I visited many countries and ancient sites from the Acropolis in Athens, to the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican and from Stonehenge in England to Baalbek ruins in Lebanon.

If I had hesitated longer at the entrance of that Pyramid, if I had not gone inside, how would the rest of my trips and journeys have ended? They say, how you do one thing, is how you do everything. I can’t imagine how I would have felt if I was to remember that trip and know that I didn’t go in. So I’m a YES person and I am going all in! Life, bring it on!

What kind of person do you choose to be?

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