Why Your Choices Shouldn’t (Always) Define You

“And how exactly does that benefit people?” was my doctor’s smug answer, his smirk growing with every word, when he asked what I did for a living and I replied with something that starts with “Youtube” and ends with “music”. No, this wasn’t a therapist, so no, he did not have any professional right to…

What Drip Coffee Taught Me About Myself

At 18, I thought I’d figured myself out. Away from the norms, my home, the grey, navy and white uniform; I felt free to find my own form in a sea of tie-dye and blonde dreadlocks. I would become a ‘creative’ – And, so I created. Mimicking the steps, sounds and actions of those who…

Sobriety In the City: In a Place Fueled by Alcohol, What Do You Run On?

It only takes a few months of being a 21+ adult in Dubai to realise that the answer to the standard end-of-the-week small talk question: “Any exciting plans this weekend?” is a tediously repetitive one: “Drinking.” While this is also standard behaviour in nearly every other city from London to Lisbon and beyond (who wouldn’t…

Your Mistakes Don’t Define You- But Your Wardrobe Does

“They’re either fake or you’re borrowing money from your daddy,” a colleague had proudly announced the day I walked into the office wearing my brand spankin’ shiny new pair of white shoes. They weren’t any white shoes though: they were the highly coveted, popularly worn leather sneakers with the trademark green and red on the…