I wanted to share something very powerful that touched me deeply today, a song called “We Are Here” by Alicia Keys, one of my favorite artists of all time. Please listen to it. If you don’t listen to music for religious reasons, then read the lyrics.
Dear Alicia, Thank you for this wonderful song and the touching message. I admire your courage, your beautiful character and amazing talent. You are like a ray of light in the dark, a true shining star. You bring depth to such a superficial industry. With this song you spread warmth and meaning to a world full of cold and selfishness.. I hope your message reaches millions and I wish for them to feel the same peace, love and hope in their hearts as I did, while listening to your song. with love and my utmost respect,
Alicia Keys explains about the meaning of the lyrics, which you can read on her Facebook page:
“The day I wrote this song, I was sitting in a circle of people of all ages and we were asked, “Why are you here.” Why am I here?? This really hit me on a deep level. I realized no one had ever asked me that question before. As I prepare to give birth to a new child, I can’t help and think about the world I’m bringing my baby into. No matter where we come from, when we see the state of the world today, we can all feel the growing frustration and desire to make a difference. And we all have a voice – we just need to know how to make it heard. I have a vision that I believe is more than a dream, that I know can be our reality. I believe in mutual respect and cooperation among all peoples and all nations. It is time to end all forms of racial injustice for our black brothers and sisters and all people of color. I believe we have an ability to end poverty, oppression, and hopelessness that often breeds despair, terror, and violence. I believe in Peace & Love & Unity. I believe that this vision can be a reality. And, it’s not about me. It’s about WE. Together we can give birth to a kinder and more peaceful world for ALL children. Our souls were brought together so that we can love each other sister, brother. We Are Here. We are here for all of us. That’s why #WeAreHere.”
So I had to ask myself the same question, why am I here? The answer depends on the point of view I’m looking at the question.. but I wanted to answer specifically in the context of this blog, why am I here, on Blue Abaya? I would say..
I am here to help others.
I am here to bridge cultural gaps.
I am here to surprise you.
I am here to bring West and East closer together.
I am here to spread positivity.
I am here to initiate change.
I am here to make you smile.
I am here to help you think out of the box.
I am here to open your mind to something different.
I am here to learn.
I am here to connect with people all around the world.
Now I ask you, Blue Abaya readers, why are you here, on Blue Abaya? What brought you here? I would love to hear from you! Yes YOU! Please leave me a comment below, I would be so very grateful!P.S I wrote this quote with my daughter while we did watercolor painting :)
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Hello there! I’m Laura, the founder of Blue Abaya- the first travel blog in Saudi Arabia, established in 2010. Travel has always been my passion- so far I’ve visited 75 countries and I’m always on the lookout for new adventures inside and outside of Saudi Arabia! Follow my adventures in Saudi and beyond on instagram: instagram.com/blueabaya