Today we are one and united, and tomorrow is remote.
Live today with kindness and hope.
Our daily instruction is to fight this virus with love, compassion, compromise, and patience.
Look around. Although panic surrounds us, so many of us are reaching out to help others in so many ways.
The virus does not care, it does not differ among us ; it just brings out the best in us because of the fear of not surviving; it gives us no option than to be who we truly are: humans with a conscience.
So many might wonder how we are able to see the good in others when the worst is happening in our world.
The answer is simple: it’s for the sake of hope and humanity.
Soon things will change.
Nothing will ever be the same again.
Nevertheless, eventually the change will come.
Nothing has ever stayed the same.
We will overcome this hazard.
True, it will be defeated with many casualties, and much fear, tears, and anguish.
However, we are the descendants of so many war heroes and survivors of genocides, holocausts, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters.
Our ancestors were once warriors against dinosaurs, people who lived in caves, and we are the children of the rulers of the world: humans.
In our solitude, we have time to face our demons.
Be thankful for what we’ve had and grateful for what we have today.
Our souls are in turmoil, yet we can transcend with compassion, gratitude, rectification, and bliss.
Did any of us know that one day we would think that each dull moment we had in our lives yesterday was a blessing, with all its “complications”?
Did we ever think that the hope of just being alive today with all our loved ones would be the greatest blessing of all?
We certainly realize now that the future is the greatest gift we can have, one that should continuously remind us that we can ch
ange things as we need to be happy, thankful, and elated.
Reluctant to reveal our true selves, we’ve lived most of our lives wearing virtual masks, hiding behind them to shield our faults, our embarrassments, or our anxieties.
Today we are wearing actual masks only to protect our lives.
Soon we will be able to triumph over the menace of this universal pandemic, and we will wear neither mask.
Yes, we will overcome this.
How do I know?
Because today, one of the nearly eight billion people around the world—me—wrote this article, and tomorrow, another one of those same eight billion around the world—you—will be reading it with a smile on your face, courage in your heart, aspirations in your mind, and hope in your soul.
The first female public figure who dared to write a fictional dark novel based on true life events & became the voice of so many who do not dare to speak up in Lebanon & the Arab world.
Nataly Restokian is a granddaughter of Armenian genocide survivors born and raised in Lebanon.
Eleven years ago, she left her whole life behind and followed her heart, remarried & settled in Canada.
Restokian’s experience includes nearly two decades of journalism and television as an actress and a live T.V, show host and a radio host in the Lebanese and Arabic society. Eventually, she rose through the ranks, living the unspeakable until she gave it all up for a chance at happiness and true love. Through Anna, the protagonist, I am revealing the taboos and stories that unfold behind closed doors, the hidden traps found within the glamorous circles of fame and fortune.
She experienced the downfalls of the show-business industry, and through Masks, exposing its’ uncensored reality.
Nataly Restokian is the first female public figure from Lebanon and the Arab world to dare to break her cultural chains and publish English novel Masks in the West that won two international awards. As an author, she is exposing the reality of the treatment of women, especially celebrities in the entertainment industry. “People have no idea what is going on over there for successful women, how much they have to give up,” she said.
Restokian had signed an exclusive deal with ACX AMAZON for the audiobook of Masks, which is narrated by the well-known American narrator Nicole Rene.
She has a degree in English Literature, from Lebanon, she was a teacher in Math & English before stepping into the T.V. business.
She worked as a marketing manager for three different economic Arabic magazines, and she later had the chance to be a journalist, an actress and a Live T.V. show host for 18 years before moving to Canada.
She also received a degree in Health and Nursing from Quebec, Canada.
Restokian is now an award-winning Canadian author, a member of Quebec Writer’s federation, A toastmaster in Toastmasters Laval Achievers & a motivational speaker.
She is in the process of writing her second novel while studying at Canada Coach Academy to receive her diploma as Life & Wellness Coach accredited by ICF.
Welcome to my happy place.
I am a wife, a friend, coffee loving person. I admire bravery, appreciate smiles, addicted to shoes and movies.
Oh! One more thing; I know you can master your destiny.
The first step towards fulfilling your dreams is to connect with your inner self.
I will help you stand out of the crowd & become who you are destined to be.
“I never preach what I do not practice in my own life.”
Favorite TV Show: Will & Grace
My Favorite Movie: Grease 1
My Favorite Fairy Tale: Cinderella
My Dreams: I transform them into goals and never give up.