My name is Mona Liban. I’m a writer, a storyteller and a nomad.
I’m currently travelling in East Africa, writing a historical narrative based on the beautiful, crazy, intricate stories of my family and our ancestors.
It’s funny because, growing up and being one of ten kids, I often turned to books for the peace and quiet I longed for. After school, I’d sit in front of the electric heater, shutting out all the noise at home and simply curling up with RL Stine or Peter Jennings or good ol’ Mr Dahl himself. Over time, I read everything I could get my hands on – poetry and memoirs and thrillers and classics and Mills and Boon.
It wasn’t just escapism I found in these books, but a deep understanding that, although my experiences were unique to me, I was never alone in how I felt.
Now I’m the storyteller, on a journey I’ve long dreamed of. A vision briefly delayed by conventional adulting but now in full force. I’m grateful.
MY INTERPRETATION OF LIVING AS I AM
For me, AS I AM is about acceptance and the magic of letting go. Letting go of how things should be and who we ought to be and what we should have done, by when. It’s releasing these incredibly natural (and often immediate) urges to fix or change the people we love and interact with. For me, it’s listening to praise and criticism without either attachment or aversion, respectively.
Living AS I AM is an understanding that all circumstances throughout my journey are temporary, impermanent, and the best I can do is be super grateful when it’s good and faithfully patient when it’s challenging.
‘It’s an everyday thing – a deliberate choice to accept myself AS I AM and, to embrace you as you are.’
QUOTE BY DAVID WHYTE
‘I want to know if you are prepared to live in the world with its harsh need to change you?
If you can look back with firm eyes saying this is where I stand’