By Syma Sayyah, Tehran
Dear Readers, It is more than a year since I first started to write for Payvand. This was a real change for me as not long before that, I had never been even tempted to put anything down on paper like this. It all started with me going to a live pop concert last year, for the first time since my youth, in a public place in Tehran. At the same time, I was a more than upset with all the negative news that one reads about Iran in the international press; with the exception of what one might read on Iranian Cinema. After the concert, I had this strange urge to write and tell all my friends and family across the globe about it. I wanted to share with them how jolly it was, how exciting it was, how different from the normal impression that one holds on events here. Simply that is how it all began with me and you.
My birthday is coming soon and due to readers of Payvand, who are spread all over the world, my life has been a more meaningful and enjoyable one than the pervious years. I am writing this note to thank you all for the pleasure that your emails have given me throughout the year. At times your comments have made me laugh aloud or brought tears to my eyes; often tears of joy and sincere thankfulness. It pleases me greatly that my humble efforts brings joyous and happy memories back to many of you, or a moment to ponder over an issue.
Some of you share with me your experiences, past and present. Some even share with me your plans for the future. Some send me pictures of your family. Some guide, help and correct me even. Some let me know "what they think!" of my work, the point I express or bring to attention. Some simply do not like what I do, and express it in a rather cold or sometimes very hot language. Some wish to get to know me 'better.' At such times I wish that I was much younger, but then again I am one of those who genuinely believe that one is as old as one feels, which actually for me varies at different times. During last summer when I was a little under the weather health-wise, I felt like I was 100 years old. At other times when I am with good and close friends, I feel 20 again. I must remind those who did not read the note that was under my articles last year that I am a retired business executive. I was involved in Marketing, both regional and international side of the business. Over the years my duties related to Operation Management, Human Resource & Training, Computerization and many more. During the war, as the business got slow and my company had to lay people off, those of us who stayed-on had to undertake more responsibilities; such that when I left, after 22 years, and took early retirement four years ago, three and half people took over my various duties on full time basis. I have three degrees including an MBA.
I left work in order to pursue other interests in my life, like writing for Payvand. I had reached the point when I did not need to prove to myself that I could do it! So far, I have resisted the calls to go back, for various reason, and try to be beneficial in other ways to people and issues around me to the best of my ability. I am involved with several good causes and foundations in Iran in various capacities.
I take this opportunity and thank you all for your support and encouragements, comments and ideas throughout the past year. I cherished your views even if they were contrary to mine, because it shows that you read my little 'bits and pieces' as one reader called them. What matters most is that many of you care enough to take time from your busy lives and write and let me learn/share your views and opinions. Moreover, I know that only gods are supposed not to make mistakes, so please forgive mine.
If I could see you all, I would humbly bow for the pleasure that you have given me by making me feel that I might be doing something right even if not very significant. Finally, I wish to thank the news editor of Payvand, who has come to be considered a dear friend in my heart, although we have never met and were not even acquainted before all this. I must also thank Mr. Hossein Shahidi without his help and great encouragement I would never dare to write, and Mr. Javid who published my first articles.
Thank you all from bottom of my heart and may the force be with you.
From a cool yet pleasant Azar(Dec.) afternoon in Tehran,
We would like to thank Syma for her great contributions to Payvand. She has written many articles in the past year covering art, culture, NGOs, women issues, and more. We are delighted to have Syma with us and hope to continue enjoying her informative and enlightening articles!
And we wish Syma a Happy and Wonderful Birthday!!!
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