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How can a man handle 13 wives? That's the funniest thing so far in the book. I understand that they live on different islands but to "love" 13 different personalities is something extraordinary. 13 wives and over 100 children, I think it's hard for the children to draw family trees in school! I actually don't really believe that "Hero" has 100, it's a bit magnified.

Personally I do not think that I would be able to handle 13 wives at the same time. Love everybody equally can be very hard and there's always a favorite. Every women deserves to be the center of her husband's attention all the time. No one should ever feel like they're just one of the crowd. Love is something special and amazing if both parts are willing to fight for the cause of it, because there isn't always sunny day where every day is perfect. 1 wife is enough!

  • -Youssef Drira

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Meeting new people in new countries is something special, it is strange for both but it is also a good thing to get new experiences and to get to know new people. We usually believe it is easy to meet new people but you actually have to be brave to dear to do that kind of stuff. Being willing to trust people and rely on them makes you very vulnerable because you put your life in other people's hands. Earlier I've written about what a handshake can lead to, a conversation can lead to much more, job opportunities, places to live and best of all new friends. Humans have a tendency of being satisfied and not wanting anything else. It can be very healthy and very fun! It's also a very good experience!

My own experiences of myself is that I am very good at making new friends and connecting with new people. When I moved from Gothenburg to Helsingborg for maybe 2 ½ years ago, I knew nobody except my family. I was sitting in my room before the first the day of school and I was thinking about how everything would be, how should I act? The other day when I thankfully arrived to the school (It was really hard to figure out how to get there) I got to know some people really fast and later on they went on to become some of my closest friends. What I mean to say is that it is okey to be scared but if you want to develop you have to be willing to risks. So, was I brave or stupid? I think I was both. 

  • -Youssef Drira

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They are going to sail around the world, and the thought of death didn't reach them until two months before cast-off, and that startles me. I don't know how they planned this whole trip and not really considered the consequences that could appear. Of course the thought of them being in an accident or even dying might have reached them for a minute or two, however I hesitate that they really thought of it, like really considered all the situations that could go wrong.

Nevertheless I envy their courage, because I would never dare to do such a thing. If taking a plane to Stockholm could be a little too much to handle for me, how would I react if I was asked to travel around the world by sea? I don't think that I even would allow myself the thought of it, I find it scary and unpleasant.

The planet that we live in fascinates me, I believe it's interesting and beautiful. To be able to explore it and see all the things it offers, would be a dream come true. Our world is an amazing place, and sadly enough people don't seem to realize that. Sooner or later the world will come to an end, and we wouldn't have anyone to blame but ourselves. Nevertheless, before that happen let's travel, see the world, the wonderful countries which are hidden behind palm trees, volcanos or even icebergs. Let explore every little aspect of this planet, and fully appreciate the wealth we actually have.

Death might be one of the biggest causes to why we're still at home and we're not doing anything with our lives, however death isn't something we should be afraid of. There's a saying which goes like this; '

'some people die at 25, but are buried at 75''

I believe this is a correct way to look at things. Not everything will kill you, but at the same time, not everything will make you feel alive. Maybe stepping over the edge is the way to go if you want to feel like you need to catch a life changing breath. Perhaps you have to look death straight in the eye to feel like you truly are alive.

But before we can step outside and decide to actually live, we need to get the courage to do so.

- Sali Chouhaiber

''The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully, is prepared to die at any time'' - Mark Twain. 

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Learning a new thing is usually really hard when you have never done it before, as it was for Yanne when he was going to learn how to steer the boat.

I remember that I had the same problem when I was a child and I tried to drive my father's car without telling him. It took me about 15 minutes until I understood what the different buttons and levers did and I could start driving.

I sweat from the fear alone, it wasn't easy but now, I can actually say it proudly that I learned how to drive an automatic car by myself. I think the difference between Yanne and I, is that he wasn't doing it illegally.

I think that my problem as a person is that I make brave things seem stupid when I do it.

- Omar Al-Mawla

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What is important is to keep in mind is the many risks that can come up in a person's life. A clear example is when you decide to buy something that costs a lot, even if it will involve that you use all of your resources.

That is kind of what Yanne did. He took a huge risk, sold his house in order to be able to buy a boat. He had to live on the boat, since he didn't have his house anymore. All this, only because he believed in his dreams and sacrificed something to make it possible.

I would never have taken a similar risk in my life, mostly because I have a lot of responsibilities and it would only have been a selfish act. I usually don't priorities my own needs before my family, I like to be the one being there for them in need. I consider that I have an important role in my family's future, therefore I can´t sacrifices in the same way as Yanne did.

- Omar Al-Mawla​

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To be able to picture how it would feel to do something unexpected and totally out of the ordinary you need to be able to go beyond your own imagination, but for this you also need bravery and I guess some stupidity. Because these things might not always go well, then this is more for people who is lost and are trying to find their true self or just find a purpose in life itself.

Yanne and Carl first tried to experience the feeling of not knowing what is coming next. And this they did by buying two bikes instead of taking a plane or something that seemed less adventures.

This is something that has been very current in my life, for example when I decided to leave for Lebanon in the middle of the school year. This may have seemed as a stupid thing to do, but it helped me regain my strength and continue my education properly. The reason to why I choose to take this risk was partly because I lacked of motivation and I had to get away for a while. This is how I really could relate myself to this story, either though it might not seem connected I could relate to this in my own way.

- Omar Al-Mawla​

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We are all born naked, nobody knowing anything about each other. The first time two people meet each other, they are like blank papers. A relationship begins with a handshake, it's the first interaction with the other being that makes the first impression. It's wonderful what a handshake can lead to. It can be both positive and negative, but at the end it still worth it.

As referred to in the book, a handshake was the beginning of an unforgettable adventure. Not any adventure, but a tour around the world with a sailboat. A very dangerous and risky idea which could have ended pretty sadly, for the two main characters Yanne and Carl. The two men who have never set feet on a sailboat before.

Normal people would definitely never ever get such brave or stupid idea in their head. Personally I would like to try something similar, but not in my age. Because I´ve got a lot of years left until I can reach this mode of braveness. I do a lot of stupid things in my life where I actually take risks, but I make sure that it doesn't affect someone near or my own future.

- Omar Al-Mawla​

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To be honest I would never do something like this. I might consider doing it with a car and just take the boat between two countries but to travel around the world by sea is nothing I would do. Now they started their first sailing and I assume that they are a bit afraid but the excitement is taking over and replaces the fear.

Right now I still think that this idea isn't smart, in other hands this might be a once in a lifetime opportunity, and that's a bit motivating. You might regret not doing it the rest of your life and that's something that's annoying to live with, for me. The bad part is you might regret doing it at all.

Talking from own experience, I still regret the break that I took from football. The result of this mistake is that I now play in much lower division, then what I would do if I just continued.

-Ahmed Abdulkader

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It might sound amusing, and my friends laugh at me sometimes, however, I love reading books. I don't know why, but there's something about diving into a story which will give you the opportunity to let your creativity and your fantasy run free.

You get the chance to start your own story in your mind. You will think, and somehow create an environment that you feel is working well with the tale itself. When reading a book the author gives you the time and place for you to use your imagination. In the book Brave or Stupid I read a paragraph were it says ''…. Seeing the world and doing nothing more strenuous than lying in a hammock and reading a good book''. I loved this piece, because I really can relate to it. Reading a book, creates a sort of mind freedom, you put your own thoughts to rest for a little while and let the book decide how you would think in that specific paragraph or that specific chapter.

It's not wrong to also say that reading is much better than just to read, reading books is also a sort of education, not to speak about all the words that you learn which will increase your vocabulary. For an example, I would've never known what ''strenuous'' means if I didn't read it in the ''Brave or Stupid'' book.

We live in a world full with crimes, control and propaganda, what's left for us to explore is barely noticeable. However there is one thing not even Obama himself can take away from you, and that's your thoughts. Our thought is the one thing that is completely ours, without anyone monitoring it or telling us what to think. For that reason, reading a book makes you feel freedom, just for the fact that your imagination and your fantasy is what turns the content in the book into a story.​ 

For that cause, instead of watching five movies on Netflix in one week, read a book in one week and you will feel how your creativity and your thoughts become much, much better. Believe me, I've tried it , which means that I know what I'm talking about.

- Sali Chouhaiber

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A single handshake can lead anywhere, and this is a perfect example. This handshake is related to the name of this book "brave or stupid". Until now I haven't decided if it is brave or stupid, but I'm sure I will find out soon.

I like the motivation and strength of doing it, that Yanne have. To be willing to sale his house to buy a boat and go on a scary journey like this is not something usual. It will be tuff but it will be an amazing memory for life. How many people can say that? "I traveled around the world by boat"

When you really really want something you do whatever it takes to do it, and the best felling is after you've done it. It's something I can relate to but I have different interest then travel around the world. I remember one day I really wanted to travel with my friends to Turkey and I did everything to get my parents permission. 

-Ahmed Abdulkader

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