Hello and Asalaam-u-alaaykum (peace be with you). My name is Mohammed Akram (@MAkram101). I am a teacher by profession, a father, somebody who loves to eat, travel, meet new people and try new things.
Throughout my travels and tiny little interactions with societies and cultures (subcultures, youth cultures, ‘underground’ cultures etc.) I have learnt a great deal. The most important thing I’ve learnt and witnessed is giving. I’m not talking about ‘charity’ per say, I mean the little things that people give on a daily basis such as time, energy, knowledge; a lot of these go unappreciated and unacknowledged. Think of the last time you asked someone for directions. Did you expect them to help you? Did you expect them to know? How did you come to the conclusion that this person was the one to ask over another? How did you know they speak the same language? How did you …Much of these questions are already answered in subconsciousness and within a rapidly short space of time. The ‘outer’ reality becomes what it is based on the ‘inner’ reality, they both have to give and take in order to share the space within your mind.
The mind is always going to be the greatest processor of all time. The naked eye, the best lens, the ears, the best speakers (let’s just assume they work that way) you will ever get. Guess what? They’re absolutely free! Focusing on the mind, you could compare it to a search engine, sifting through stored information whilst processing new information (and linking this new information to that which is already stored) to come to a ‘result’ or in the real world a decision. The more you put in, the greater the database and the more secure you feel in your decision (or response) to what is going on around you. We go through most of our lives living in the present but relying on the subconscious without ever working on our thoughts, allowing them to come and go freely and circumstantially.
Most of the ‘brain training’ should happen during your school years but unfortunately doesn’t. Time goes on and you get into a rut-like thought pattern where all you see is ’cause and effect’ like relationships. You focus on a career/job to survive and that takes up most of your time. Then come the problems. You know that saying, ‘a problem shared is a a problem halved’, it actually works! I’ve worked with many people and I must admit, talking (when you are also prepared to listen) can bring new light to the way you see things in life. A big part of this project is to get people talking and sharing ideas so please do interact with the content and let me know if its beneficial.
Then comes along social media and throws another spanner into the works, emotion. “Why don’t people like me?”, “why don’t they ever comment?”, “ooh, someone in another country started following me!”, “OMG, someone with 15k followers just liked my post!”. This new way of processing, for me, is rather too artificial and way too fast! The impulsive likes, shares and two word comments. I love emojis though, it’s crazy how the whole world can communicate with just facial expressions.
This brings me to videos. It’s amazing how a picture and a few words can influence you to click on a video. Whether you actually watch the whole thing through is a different matter. That’s right, ‘click bait’.- don’t get me started. For anyone starting out on YouTube you’ll know (just check your stats) that people judge you within seconds of seeing and hearing you. In my field, education, YouTube already has some big brands pushing out some high quality videos and resources. Why bother? I’ll tell you why. When you spend time talking to young people (not teaching them, I mean actually talking to them) you’ll realise that it’s more than academics that they need. Share a story or two and you’ll soon get that ‘naughty so and so’ on side. Why? Because it shows that you care. It shows that you care when you spend time listening to others too. My belief is that education does not mean academics. No denying academics, is one aspect of education but if we restrict education to what goes on in school, then that’s all people will learn. Learning is subjective. Schooling on the other hand…hmmm.
So, my aim is to share academic resources, travel advice, life lessons, literally anything that can be of benefit to others. Most of my content answers the questions that I get asked regularly and some general stuff that I find interesting. I share with you my experiences, thoughts, feelings and mistakes. Help me by sharing your ideas, giving me feedback and guidance on how to improve (I’m venturing- it’s not easy). Sharing is caring. I’ll be sharing things with you for the rest of my journey. I’d love for you to share it with me (and others- definitely share with others!). Peace out and God bless.