I’m going to answer this honestly. Writing about yourself is probably the most difficult subject to write about.
I’m a pretty shy guy. I don’t like to open up about myself or talk about myself and I am too conscious of how people feel when they’re around me. So I keep it simple until I feel closer. Then you’d see my real personality which is quite silly and loose.
I love learning. Not necessarily all in just an educational school book way (which I do love), but in every way. I love reading about history. I’m fascinated with dictators. I’ve read biographies on any dictator you can imagine. I’ve always wondered how one becomes delusional as a dictator.
I’m a working civil engineer who graduated from Berkeley. People think that makes me smart but honestly I don’t feel it. I think I worked hard. I’m proud of myself. I flunked throughout middle school. Got into a lot of fights growing up and hung out with friends who I still love til this day. But they went one route and my dad/mom opened a door to another route. So I was fortunate, not smarter.
I’m a skinny guy. Lanky. They called me Flaco in high school (because my name starts with an O). I’m Palestinian. Most people have no idea what that is believe it or not. Most think I’m mixed because my hair is nappy and wooly. Because my name is Omar, a lot of people think I could be Latin. I have facial hair that grows pretty easily. I almost have no choice but to have a beard on my face. I like how I look but I don’t dwell on it. But I’m always aware of how I present myself to people.
I am a Muslim. I believe in God. I’m learning everyday what being a Muslim means. It’s a process and there’s a lot to grow into.
I like to wear plaid shirts and plain t-shirts. My clothes are usually understated in colors but I love to shop for clothes. I love putting myself together in the morning. I love winter time because I love to wear jackets.
I love hats and beanies. Where my clothes are usually simple and understated, my hats and beanies are usually colorful and/or big. I like wearing rings on my fingers. I like accessories like that that pop in contrast of what I wear.
There’s a lot more to me than this, but tonight this is what comes to mind.
Thank you so much for the feedback on some of my paintings and photography. It’s really humbling seeing people invest their hard earned money but more importantly having an emotional connection with something I made. It’s an honor. It’s surreal. It’s almost like a stranger welcoming you into their home. I’ll be sending out all the orders this upcoming week since I’ve been our of town. Hope all of you find joy in whatever piece you selected. Let me know how you like them and I’d love to see how they look in your home.
Once again thank you! Made my night looking through all the feedback.
Sometimes nostalgia can be a cage. Your mind state drifts backwards, far away from the present, and is governed by a time we romanticize ideally. But even the past was not ideal. We just tend to remember it in a light that is more pleasant. A light that diminishes anything the present and future could ever offer. You find yourself trapped always looking back; cherry picking the good moments and shading out the one’s that were not as perfect. A lot of times, nostalgia is dishonest.