Taylor's had a BUSY and EVENTFUL couple of weeks.
BOY, this girl doesn't stop!
Reminds me of me, actually.
But I don't want to give anything away.
She's got a great story, so enjoy it!
I have wept quietly off and on throughout the past two weeks. It is as if, by living my life authentically, everything has arrived at this moment. I will not be releasing too many details in my desire to respect the Badawi family's privacy. All I will say is, I've been working on a very special project for Raif, and a little over two weeks ago, I received his seal of approval.
I am eternally grateful, not just to Raif, but also to Terad, Adam and Marina for reasons I will explain now.
Marina, my beautiful friend. You have kept me going through your art. You have encouraged me to keep up with my writing, to feel good about my work even when I
am feeling down, simply by taking on the many projects I have asked of you. You are kind and thoughtful and generous. Through your passion for art, I have grown to continue my passion for writing no matter how hard it may get. I am beyond grateful to have you to help me make my dreams a reality.
Terad, you have impacted my life in a unique way. I have come to admire you for yourself, not only your father. Like your father, you have shown me what true bravery is. Like your father, you have shown me what it means to be strong. And, like your father, you have shown me my writing truly can make a difference in the world. I am so blessed to have you as my friend and mentor in my quest to free your father. Words cannot even begin to express my gratitude. I will not rest nor will I quit until I make you both proud. My dear dear friend, may you not fall into despair. May you continue to stay strong and steady. May you always have hope. To quote my favorite song, "Nothing can stand in my way, even if I get knocked down, I will stand my ground!" Nothing will stand in my way. I refuse to let anything stand in my way. I promise you, your mother and your sisters, that I will not stop fighting until your father is able to hold you in his arms and dry your tears with his loving hands.
Adam, I've truly saved the best for last. None of this would have been possible without your guidance, your faith, your kindness. You have given me the strength, the confidence, the courage that I needed to make my current project possible. From you I've learned this: true happiness is gained not by being given the things that you want, but going after the things that you want. That, my dearest friend, is one of the most important lessons I will never forget.
To my fellow writers, the song that I referenced in my message to Terad is called "Love Will Prevail” by Maher Zain. From what I've been through in the past couple of weeks, I've learned that, yes love can prevail. It doesn’t matter if it is a love for your craft, a love for your friends, or a love for your passion, it will prevail. I've worked hard for nearly twenty years to prove it.