Omar Sharif Jr. On Deflecting The Haters

The half-Jewish grandson of legendary actor Omar Sharif was forced to leave his native Egypt for the US when he came out as gay in 2012. When challenges come your way, heed the actor-activist’s positive approach.

This letter is part of NewNowNext inaugural editorial series, “Letter to Myself,” in which we asked 40 remarkable queer people to write a note to their younger selves.

Take a deep breath.

Don’t be afraid and don’t get angry.

You can’t control how others treat you. You can only control your own actions.

Use them to do good, to be good, and to bring good to others. That’s the path to true internal happiness.

Turn their hate into hope, their torment into testaments of your strength, and let the lesions morph into lessons.

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