“Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Though this footstep is nearly eighty years old it keeps inspiring me with its sparks of passion and speaks loudly about the meaning of being alive.
Our lives intersected eleven years ago. Him as an old Calligraphy professor and me as a young Humanities teacher. We shared the same staff room for many years then we both moved to other rooms. Being at the age of my father, he considers me like a daughter and from time to time I pass by him to greet him. During one of my visits last year he showed me three Calligraphy books he designed for early years students. Turning the pages he created with perfection, he spoke excitedly about the art in each letter and the objective behind every single detail and how he aims to preserve this neglected nearly forgotten art. Leaving his office I felt fuelled with optimism and was inspired by his passion and dedication to his art.
Visiting him a couple of weeks ago, he updated me with his latest news. His books received a grant from Malaysia and will be distributed on governmental schools in six different governorates. And the ministry of education made him in charge of giving workshops for young teachers in calligraphy. Hearing him I was amazed. Looking at his wrinkled hands and his ageing body I felt so old by his side. He showed me an outstanding example of how passion is contagious, how the universe supports the devoted, how a person can keep dreaming and pursuing his dreams till his last breath, leaving behind him a legacy.
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