Learnings I have had over the past few days (in no particular order):
1. When someone suggest sunblock, it's usually a good idea to put some on, regardless of whether you believe you will need it or not. Really.
2. Contrary to popular belief, brown people burn just as well as any other kind of people. Maybe not as obviously as other races, but we do burn...
3. A possible remedy for the common cold: lots of sun, water-related fun and frolic, hundreds of screaming kids, good food, afternoon naps, and more water-related frolic - can make you forget about your cold!
4. Its important that once in a while we all take a leap of faith. Metaphorical or real. A few months ago, I took a metaphorical leap by quitting my job and starting my own little consulting business. Yesterday, I took a literal Leap of Faith at Aquaventure at Atlantis Dubai (see point #5).
5. Recommended approach to the Leap of Faith slide at Aquaventure: Lie down. Cross your legs. (If you are a water slide afficionado, you will know why this important :). Cross your arms on your chest. (You can also hold your nose if feel like it). Keep your head back, and your eyes closed. Scream like a little girl on the way down. Review your life as it flashes before your eyes. Thank God for His mercy when you reach the bottom alive. Take a deep breath (important to remember this last one!). Pat yourself on the back and REPEAT!
6. I have liked & appreciated the MasterCard commercials that have aired over the past 10 years. They are based on a deep insight - that people don't mind spending money if it increases the quality of their experiences & memories (a vacation in Kenya, XXXX dollars... memories of a lion attack shared by you and your family, PRICELESS). Love it.
7. The prospect of being without electricity in Sharjah in this heat is quite frankly - intimidating. For those of you who will say it keeps you in touch with the realities on the ground in Pakistan, I very politely blow you a raspberry. BTW, in Pakistan, when the power goes, there are back-up options galore - UPS, generators, etc... in Sharjah, if you live on the 43rd floor, and the building generator malfunctions, you are up s*%t creek, and s*%t out of luck.
8. People don't appreciate random price increases, even if there is new management. The gym in our building has hiked their price from AED 2000 a year, to AED 9600 a year. We may switch buildings as a result ;)
9. Talk about taking a "captive" audience for a ride... there seems to be a concerted effort by anyone remotely linked to the real estate sector - developers, landlords, maintenance companies etc. - to totally SCREW the poor bugger who happens to rent there. Seriously guys, try to work out a win-win otherwise everyone just gets deeper into the hole.
10. And lastly, friends are the best and most important support a guy can have. Don't take them for granted.
Short film - "The Body", directed by Paul Davis
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