Buzz

Egyptian Adventure Icon Omar Samra on Loss, Grief and Letting Go

Egyptian Adventure Icon Omar Samra on Loss, Grief and Letting Go

“Have you ever thought about how vast this expanding universe is? Or looked at your life and pondered how much control you actually had? Well, I have, and I felt completely helpless at first,” says Omar Samra, Egyptian mountaineer and adventurer. “But then I realized that through embracing this uncertainty and lack of control lies the source of infinite power, the ability to overcome any adversity and the key to answer one of life’s most important questions – why are we here?”

Famous for being the first Egyptian and youngest Arab to summit Mount Everest and later on for achieving the Adventurer’s Grand Slam, many people saw Samra for the inspirational personality that he is, a man who preaches breaking boundaries and stretching horizons. However, little did many people know about the heartache the adventurer had to endure when his wife and soulmate passed away shortly after giving birth to their daughter Teela three years ago.

“It has been a long and difficult journey for me of trying to keep my head above water and making sense of the world around me,” Samra told Egyptian Streets. “A year ago I was interviewed by Brandon Stanton from Humans of New York and it was the first time to share my story with the world. Prior to that, only five people knew what had happened in detail.

“Being vulnerable in that way was difficult at best but I believed that sharing the story would help others in my shoes or simply anyone who has experienced or fears experiencing a loss of this kind.”

In a TEDxBend talk shared earlier this week on his Facebook page, Samra narrates all the odds that paved the way for him to be the mountaineer he is today. But what really tapped on many people’s emotions was retelling what it felt like to let go of Marwa and all the materialistic icons of their relationship.

“They say that even in darkness, there is light. And now I know this to be true. It emerges ever so slowly and grows even slower,” says Omar in his talk. “There are no accidents in life. Adversity is just an opportunity for us to grow. We have to learn to let go.

“This is what happens when we let things go; they turn into light and they go everywhere.”

Disabled 24-Year-Old Egyptian Model Challenges Stereotypes
10 Things Egyptians Do For Ramadan: A Foreigner’s Guide

Subscribe to our newsletter


Buzz

More in Buzz

170111-dina-powell-rlj-1160

Meet Dina Habib Powell, the Egyptian-American Appointed by Trump to the White House

Mohamed KhairatJanuary 17, 2017
Behind the scenes of the filming

Redefine Ability: An Egyptian Campaign Changing How We View Ability

Mohamed KhairatJanuary 11, 2017
Omar Samra when he became the first Egyptian to ski the south pole.

Egyptian Omar Samra Becomes First in the World to Climb Three Mountains in Antarctica

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 11, 2017
feehahaga

Feha Haga Helwa: US Navy Band in Beautiful Rendition of Popular Egyptian Song

Egyptian StreetsDecember 18, 2016
coldplay-feat

Coldplay ‘Would Love to Play in Egypt’

Egyptian StreetsDecember 10, 2016
nour

Can a Woman Do a Man’s Job? Viral Rap Song Tackles Gender Inequality in Egypt

Daily News EgyptNovember 30, 2016
Photo: Al-Watan

Egypt’s First Lady Leads Donation Campaign for ‘Tahya Masr’ Fund

Egyptian StreetsNovember 26, 2016
Currency design submission  by Muhammed Mahrous

Competition to ‘Redesign Egypt’s Currency’ Goes Viral

Egyptian StreetsNovember 19, 2016
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2016 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.