AwareNow: Issue 16: The Mayday Edition

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I’VE BEEN IN THE DESERT ON A ROAD WITH TWO WAYS We all know the phrase “everything happens for a reason”, but when things don’t go according to plan we can be overcome with the feeling of fear, as if we’re lost in the middle of the desert sands with nothing but time in our hands.

Sometimes we are forced to walk off the beaten track to embrace our curiosity and explore our ‘culturosity’.

However, when we see the possibilities that lie in the distance and cover fear into enthusiasm and excitement we find that we don’t always have to stay on the track planned in order to reach our destination. Sometimes we are forced to walk off the beaten track to embrace our curiosity and explore our ‘culturosity’. It may be that there is indeed a reason why we are redirected on a different path in order to expand our own horizons.
 On the 8th of May 2021 at 6 AM, I was about to board my flight from Amsterdam to LAX, when suddenly ground security announced that all business visas had been denied due to new COVID-19 restrictions. That said, there was no way I would be getting on that airplane.

On the other side of the world in California, a production team was waiting for me to host a new tv show where we would be inspiring upcoming artists to pursue their passions and promote positivity through media. Instead of inspiring the world to follow their destiny, there I stood alone in an abandoned airport terminal, confounded and confused by the sudden change of my own destination.

Anxiety began to creep up on me and was directing me out of the airport and back to bed, where I would be able to sulk about my terrible experience and how I had seen my dreams literally fly out of reach. However, my curiosity was pulling me toward the airline counter where I was greeted by a sympathetic woman who was clearly overwhelmed by experience. She explained it was definitive. I wouldn’t be able to travel to LAX, neither could I receive a refund. However, I would be able to travel to another destination free of charge within the next 24 hours.

The following morning I arrived at the Dubai airport, with nothing but my inner compass and my ‘culturosity’ to guide me.
 By believing that everything happens for a reason, you empower yourself to create meaning from the tragedies and setbacks you experience in life. I decided to explore the possibilities of expanding Eleven11 Media in The UAE. This resulted in meeting numerous talented & beautiful people connected by the same passion — to create positive impact and awareness through media. 59 AWARENOW / THE MAYDAY EDITION