“There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”
Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #2
“Bizzare and inexplicable”? Well, that is one way to put it!
If there is anything that I have learned so far (from my humble experience as a citizen of Earth at least), is that sometimes, things don’t go as planned. But here’s the good news; through all of this uncertainty, if you work hard, stay persistent and hold on tight to all your core values, who knows what you might achieve. Maybe, all this uncertainty is giving us momentum to make even bigger things…things that make up “the big picture” we dream of in the end.
I wanted to make a motivation board.
But every time I closed my eyes to picture it, I would see a new picture. An accumulation of things I’ve been through, along with other things I hope to experience, and dreams I have for the world. What was common between all my visions was that these thoughts always left me feeling good.
Maybe that’s my motivation in the end? The good feelings...?
In the end, I decided to leave my board completely white.
Would I have left it white if I had started the program on time with the other fellows? I have no idea! But given the circumstances, I like that every time I look at it at the moment, it gives me a feeling that there’s still so much to do and so much to become. It can be anything, and it will be beautiful!
And as certain as all this sounds, there’s so much more uncertainty that come with it. But for now, this is my way of seeing things and being optimistic. So let’s see how it goes!
Hala Higazi – Egypt
Hala completed her Masters in Sustainable Building Engineering with Distinction at the University of Greenwich in London, after having graduated in Architecture Systems Engineering at the University for Modern Sciences and Arts (MSA) in Al-Jizah. She was Assistant Lecturer at the MSA, worked as Part-time Assistant Editor of Arch2O.com and is Project Coordinator - Research Assistant in the "Cairo Since 1900 Architecture Guide Project".