By Mona Shahab
We chatted with Heidi Alaudeen Alaskary, a speech-language pathologist based in Riyadh, who returned from the challenging trip to Kilimanjaro with inspirational lessons.
1. I have always been comfortable with dying, and Kili reinforced that. It also reinforced that family is the singularly most important thing in this world, and they really are who you think about in the end.
2. We take so much for granted:
a. Child education.
b. Shelter – our homes and daily comforts.
c. Access to healthcare.
3. There is no better feeling in the world than to see your child surpass you. I did not make to Ughuru, only to Stella. My daughter made it all the way, and I could not be prouder.
4. Enjoy every part of the journey for what it is, because no experience will last long. Life is a series of changing environments, and each section teaches you something that prepares you for the next one.
5. To achieve anything you must work extremely hard because nothing comes easy.
6. You can function with no higher brain power.
7. What you need to survive is, surprisingly, very little.
8. Sunscreen is not just for the face. Do not forget your hands, ears and neck.
9. Water is a precious and amazing gift. Alhamdiulillah.
10. God sends you angels in the most unexpected forms. Shout out to Mona Ayubu Elias, Tito Omar and Ohoud.
11. There are genuinely good and kind people in this world. I’m incredibly grateful to my guides.
12. Take care of your feet, and they will take care of you.
You can follow Heidi Al Askary on @heidialaskary
Heidi Al-Askary’s daughter Yasmeen Dabbagh, a student who turned 16 on the mountain, also shares with us her experience.
You can follow Yasmeen Dabbagh on @yasmeendabbagh
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