When this fiercely compassionate Omani mental-health specialist isn't being a mother to her four children, she's helping her clients smile and the world heal. Bazaar spent some time chatting with HH Sayyida Basma Al Said on everything from her inspirations in life to the words of wisdom she would share with her younger self...
What aspects of your job do you enjoy the most?
Learning from my clients how to be courageous, and seeing them smile after a session with me - that's when I know I've helped them take a step forward in life.
The best piece of advice you would give yourself?
Find your passion and work on it relentlessly. Embrace the challenges and hurdles you face along the way - only then will you continue to grow and make a real difference.
What life-defining moment changed the way you think about everything?
Both visiting the refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon and the current global pandemic have made me think a lot about the balance in life of work and peace. It's also opened my eyes to how I can help, personally, and taught me to always have a Plan B.
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Who is your biggest inspiration?
My mother. It doesn't matter what she goes through, she always fights back with a bigger heart and an even bigger smile. She's amazing.
Desrcibe yourself in three words.
Passionate, optimistic, risk-taker
What do you dream about?
I never stop dreaming - I feel once you stop dreaming, you stop living. I dream of a place where people who are abused would always find a shelter, a way to start over, and a place where people are truly kind to each other.
What effect do you have on others?
I listen, and let them know I am there for them. I'll always push them to do their best, but I do it with a smile.
Hardest life lesson?
Not everyone is going to care about what you care about.
If you wrote a book one day, what would it be about?
The strong Al Said women from Omani history. They did so much, but the world is still without defining literatur eon them.
Which person changed your life?
My husband. He always supports me. I always feel safe when he's around, I know he's got my back.
What would you tell your younger self?
Don't be so hard on yourself. You can't save the world in its entirety, but you can certainly help to do so. You are awesome, just as you are.
From Harper's Bazaar Arabia's June 2020 Issue