CALL­ING COUR AGE

Friday - - EDITOR’S LETTER - Mri­nalShekar, Ed­i­tor Reach me at mshekar@gulfnews.com

I’m not sure if you’ve re­alised this, but I just did. In the past month or so, this mag­a­zine has be­come a plat­form for one theme – courage. It wasn’t a de­lib­er­ate blue­print we at Fri­day aimed to cre­ate. It was com­pletely in­ad­ver­tent; just that courage, I now think, makes for a great story.

Whether it was the Au­gust 31 is­sue’s cover story on Fa­had Al Ham­madi, the lit­tle boy who fought his fear of wa­ter and has now be­come an ac­com­plished swim­mer, or last week’s cover story on three mums of autis­tic kids, who de­cided to look beyond their chil­dren’s con­di­tion and fo­cus on their tal­ents – each of these ar­ti­cles of­fers in­spi­ra­tion to us, us who quite of­ten be­come a bit self­ish in our sor­rows.

This week, too, courage con­tin­ues to be the pre­dom­i­nant theme. It is re­flected not in one but two of the fea­tures.

The first is on 22-year-old Marwa Al Ma­mari’s painful bat­tle with a heart con­di­tion that led to a heart trans­plant in 2015, and her mirac­u­lous yet te­dious re­cov­ery since (page 20). And the sec­ond is an in­ter­view with Re­becca Far­rar-Hock­ley, shoe gi­ant Kurt Geiger’s fire­cracker chief cre­ative of­fi­cer, on page 32. In the whim­si­cal world of high fash­ion where glam­our has a very con­strict­ing def­i­ni­tion, Re­becca has shown courage by giv­ing com­fort a more vi­tal role in her de­signs.

Both these fea­tures, just like nu­mer­ous oth­ers that have graced this mag­a­zine, prove that what­ever bat­tle we are fight­ing in our per­sonal lives – whether it is the par­a­lytic power of fear or big and small stum­bling blocks that are called ad­ver­sity –

As Nel­son Man­dela once said, courage is not the ab­sence of fear but the tri­umph over it. The brave man is he who con­quers that fear

courage is the only weapon we have. That is prob­a­bly also the rea­son why these fea­tures res­onate with all of us.

As Nel­son Man­dela once said, courage is not the ab­sence of fear but the tri­umph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who con­quers that fear. I could not agree more, for I be­lieve liv­ing with fear is a life not lived. It is merely a frac­tured, weak and un­ful­filled ex­is­tence.

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