How We Met:
Bassem is an advocate for a mindful life. He loves sharing his passion for movement, for moving forward where you’re at, and being grateful for the time you have. He is from Egypt, enjoys being a physical therapist, helping others make changes in their lives, and being a dad. He is Dynamo!
I met Bassem when the Blood Moon was rising. We were at a park that had a good view of the rising moon. Both our kids were playing together as the evening turned dark. I naturally fall into conversations about fitness, mindfulness, and helping others. Bassem was right on that wavelength. I am always so grateful for those who share their stories, being recorded in the middle of a park is not something that happens to you everyday! I love that mindful living knows now boundaries. Be from Egypt, be from Antarctica, be old, be young, it doesn’t matter…there’s always a story, there’s always a time to begin.
Bassem is joining the Carrot Bowl Dynamo community. These are people who daily do their thing and hardly realize they are an example, a powerhouse, and that sharing their story empowers other’s lives. I truly believe that when we listen to each other’s stories, when we let ourselves be affected by them, taking the lessons forward in our own lives, we become better people. We are kinder, more compassionate, and more dedicated to living in the present and being mindful. It’s all about how we act with each other. It’s all moving forward, no matter how that looks person to person. I believe that when you tell your story, you are empowered to keep living bigger, to keep living intentionally. Thank you, Bassem for taking the time to talk to me…to us.
What does healthy living mean to you?
Spiritually first. Then eating well. Exercising regularly. Breathing. The basics, water, sleeping enough. First with the mind, then with the body.
How do you balance that for you?
It’s hard to balance. I do my best. I try not to be very picky and not think about it too much. I usually try to sleep well and eat well as much as I can. I don’t eat out at all and not junk food for a long time, so I cook at home. I try to do meditation as often as I can, but I don’t stress about it if I don’t get to do it everyday.
What types of fitness do you enjoy doing?
Soccer, swimming, walking, hiking…I love hiking, biking, and some weights.
How has your example inspired others?
I consider myself a motivator. I enjoy helping other people just out of joy. I’ve helped a lot of people before and I can see results. I’ve personally trained a couple of them. And being a massage therapist, I try to encourage them when I see them open to it. I’ve helped a lot of people: breathing, drink plenty of water, I always encourage them to do yoga, pilates…and I’ve seen a lot of positive results…if they seem open to it.
What’s a piece of advice you like to share?
Be positive. Be thankful that you wake up everyday that you’re healthy and that you actually woke up and you’re breathing. Just to make the best of it everyday. Just be positive no matter what…go forward.
What are goals you have right now?
Get my own practice studio for massage.
Stop eating gluten…at least minimize eating bread because I’m just crazy, especially being from Egypt.
To learn Spanish. It’s useful and I want to learn a 3rd language.
What do you want to be remembered for?
Compassionate and thoughtful with everybody. Helpful. Always there to help people with expecting anything back.