A tribute to the MEN
I was born in a man’s world. Take a few seconds and think of your daily routine and realize that it would have never been possible without all the contributions men have made: the world would just not work. Think of your morning routine: the inner workings of the alarm clock that wake you up, the big comfortable bed that you sleep in, the phone and computer that you turn on once you open your eyes, the house that you live in, your morning coffee freshly made in the coffee machine, the metal keys of the entrance door, the engine in your car, and the road rolled out beneath your four wheels - the list goes on and on. Every little thing we do in life was made possible in some way, shape or form with the strong power of men - they have made the world an easier place for us to live in.
The first man in my life was around a long time before I was even born. I only got to meet him much later in his life, and it was the most beautiful relationship I have ever had. My first steps, my first bicycle ride, my first attempt at trying to navigate the damn car down the street, my first snowboard ride and fall, my first flight on the airplane, my first camping trip and my first dance. He’s been my teacher for so many things in my life and he still is. The lessons changed, but my teacher remained the same. I proudly call him Dad.
There were other man later - brothers, cousins, uncles, teachers and friends. Then, there were you. The incredible willpower and motivation in everything you do amazes me. Every morning you wake up ready and willing to flip the world upside down for me, ready to climb the highest mountain and go down the lowest valley. Every day that passes you are so determined to make each one count, creating vivid memories and taking on the challenges that life throws at you.
You are so beautifully and amazingly full of contradictions: ready to work 24/7 to build a fortune yet despising essentialism, a lover of animals but consider it a taboo to keep them in house (at least for now), hating the cold but being madly in love with winter sports, and having an uncanny ability to tell the dirtiest joke with the smartest look on your face.
You are courageous! Courageous enough to take chances, accept the challenges life throws at you, take risks, to contend with the world and its paradoxical principles. Courageous enough to defend your home and your family without a thought of yourself. Courageous enough to take responsibility for my fears, be they rational or not, and to destroy them with your careful love and solid logic. Courageous enough to conquer me and make me happy, day by day. Above all, you are courageous to accept that not everything is in your hands, yet you keep on trying and not giving up. We all have fears, but your strength to overcome them amazes me every day.
You are curious. Unbelievably curious. Day by day you strive for new knowledge and experiences. You marvel at new technological innovations, know and can recall important historical events, seek out newly opened restaurants. You are familiar with all the art exhibitions and music festivals in town, and you know how to make a perfect egg Benedict. Surprisingly and shockingly you are 99% right about the weather forecast. You've crafted your way of life to live it to the fullest and you have taught me along the way how to craft mine.
You are not perfect, and it makes you glorious. The world we live in is not perfect, but everyone finds their own reflection of happiness in it.
Dear men, you are present 24/7 in our lives. You are present in our daily routine, you are present in and out of our houses, you are present at our work and fun times. You are present everywhere and no woman would be blind enough to say that our world would be possible without you.
Here is a small quote to pay the tribute to all the men out there. We see, notice, we know and we appreciate all your efforts. Like Marilyn Monroe once said:
“I don't mind living in a man's world, as long as I can be a woman in it".
Words: Aya Tazabek