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It’s the oldest story in the world. One day, you’re 17 and you’re planning for someday. And then quietly, without you ever really noticing, that someday is today. And then that someday is yesterday. And this is your life. That time has to come, when we wake up and realize that we have passed the age of childhood, that we are not children anymore, that we are left with no choice but to relive the moments of our childhood and cherish them only through imagination. Maybe that time comes when we graduate elementary school, or high school, or lose friends, or start to worry about time, money or death. Whatever and whenever it is, we do grow up.
We experience the time when our carelessness is labeled pathetic and unreasonable, it is described as unduly childish, and it is tagged immature. That is the time when our innocence disappears, and we realize that now we have to leave the ‘childish’ preferences and qualities behind and start an intellectual and rational life.

It is crazy that as children, we are so impatient to grow up, to step out into the world. But when that time comes, when those opportunities knock on our doors, we want to stay where we are. Growing up is by no means a bad thing. It takes courage to grow up and transform yourself into what you really are, your actual self. But the process of growing up is emotionally painful. When we go through this process, we understand that life was never easy, not even then when our single grimace melted our mother’s heart and was the key to getting what we wanted. We understand that growing up is just losing some illusions in order to acquire others. Growing up is learning to face inconveniences. Growing up is leaving our childhood behind, to fret about the future. Growing up is learning to accept the truths our younger selves denied. Growing up is discovering that there indeed are people who are determined to do nothing positive with their lives. We dreamed of growing up as children, as we gazed onto the ceilings of our rooms and thought of all the marvelous things we would do when we were older. But later we realize that reality often contends with our childhood envisions of growing up. We find that the things that we really so desperately want are our childhood dreams and innocence, but the harsh reality is that those are the things that will never return.

Reminiscing the memories and gazing longingly at our childhood memorabilia are the only things we can do, now. Growing up, without any doubt, is hard work. Because the path to maturity has no end, it’s wise to focus on journeying well. With growing up, decisions emerge. Replacement of fallacy with fact occurs. We learn to resist too-good-to-be-true illusions in order to prevent facing too-horrible-to-endure outcomes. And growing up is an inevitable stage of our lives. In return of this pain, we get the wisdom and ability to live with for the rest of our lives.

By Razzan Sehar 
Angels International College

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19 Year Old Pakistani Wins Princess Cup

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Hammad Hadi Khan wins 29th Princess Cup International Youth Tournament
Pakistan continues to dominate the world of youth scrabble! Hammad Hadi Khan wins 29th Princess Cup youth scrabble championship in Thailand. The runner-up Moiz Baig is also from Pakistan.
The three-day 29th Princess Cup Youth tournament kicked off at Bangkok, Thailand. The Princess cup is an annual event sponsored by the royal family in Thailand and is attended by the top players from all over the world.

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Muniba Mazari wins Karic Award in Serbia

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The most beautiful lady on the wheel who inspires millions around the World. If you feel demotivated & depress & now you can’t do anything, you are helpless then you must Google one name; The great Muniba Mazari. The biggest example of positive attitude, passion for life, passion for work and strongest willpower. The greatest example of courage & willpower that can even beat death & any disability!

Muniba Mazari wins Karica Brother Award. The Karic Brothers Award has been established as a result of a firm belief in the inexhaustible capacity of intellect and value, primarily of our own people. Its purpose is to stimulate and motivate all those who create and produce a value that will result in more pleasant living conditions. On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the BK Company, the Karic family and the Karic Foundation introduced the Karic Brothers Award.

It is presented for the highest achievements in the following categories: culture and arts, scientific research work, publishing and journalism, economy and commerce, humanitarian activity in support of peace, cooperation and amity amongst people. The award is presented annually. Individuals, organizations, and institutions all have the right to propose a candidate.

The proposal should be submitted in written form to the Karic Foundation. The Executive Board decides on the laureates. A team of experts proposes to the Board three candidates in each category of whom one is subsequently chosen. The award was originally presented in 1998 and the names of its winners best attest to the justified ambition of becoming, with time, the Serbian equivalent to the Nobel Prize.

“Thank you very much Karić Foundation for acknowledging the efforts and for giving this huge honor! While I am nothing without the support of my mother, family, and friends I’ll dedicate this award to all the people of the world who suffer discrimination of any sort. To all the people who are made to believe they are lesser of a human.

Let’s hope for a tomorrow free of discrimination be it gender, racial, religious or against people with physical or mental challenges. Let’s be there for one another, let’s embrace everyone the way they are. In the end, a little more kindness and a little less judgment are all we need to make this world a better place to live. So let’s be kind and be human!” – Muniba Mazari

Written by Rohayl Varind

 

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5-year-old Child from Pakistan Wins Global Award

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5 year old Child from Pakistan wins Global Award

5-year-old Child from Peshawar, Pakistan wins the global award. A local boy Essa Zaheer who is five-year-old made Pakistan proud when his two-minute film won first prize in the “Peace in the Street Global Film Festival (PSGFF)” at the United Nations headquarters.

The short film by Essa Zaheer, “I will be your Spiderman,” stood first among the 320 movies made by young.

The film shows how a kid becomes Spiderman and spends all his savings to buy uniform and books for a young girl working in his house as a maid.

Essa Zaheer was presented with the prize in the United Nations Headquarters in New York while his family accompanying him was given a tour of the UN offices and the United States State Department. 

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