Youth offers the promise of happiness, but life offers the realities of grief.

Nicholas Sparks
#Football player reacts during a match between Al #Ansar and Al #Nejmeh clubs competing for the Premier League trophy, in Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hussein Dahi / Facebook)
Football player reacts during a match between Al Ansar and Al Nejmeh clubs competing for the Lebanese Premier League trophy, in Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussein Dahi / Facebook)
A banner raised at the entrance of the capital reading "Racism is absolute evil", in #Beirut, #Lebanon.
A banner raised at the entrance of the capital reading “Racism is absolute evil”, in Beirut, Lebanon.
A reception on #Saudi National Day held outside the National Museum in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hussam Chbaro / Facebook)
A reception on Saudi National Day held outside the National Museum in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussam Chbaro / Facebook)
A squid swims underwater off the shore of the coastal city of #Qalamun, north of #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Ibrahim CHALHOUB / AFP)
A squid swims underwater off the shore of the coastal city of Qalamun, north of Beirut, Lebanon. (Ibrahim CHALHOUB / AFP)
Supreme Leader of #Iran Ali #Khamenei, #Lebanon #Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah, and Iranian Quds force commander Qassem #Suleimani, in an undated image. (Khamenei.ir)
Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei, Lebanese Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah, and Iranian Quds force commander Qassem Suleimani, in an undated image. (Khamenei.ir)
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil gazing into the eyes of President Michel Aoun, inside the United Nations General Assembly at #UN headquarters in #NYC, #US. (Gebran Bassil / Instagram)
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil gazing into the eyes of President Michel Aoun, inside the United Nations General Assembly at #UN headquarters in #NYC, #US. (Gebran Bassil / Instagram)
#Lebanon President Michel #Aoun arrives to address the United Nations General Assembly at #UN headquarters in #NYC, #US. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images / AFP)
President Michel Aoun arrives to address the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York City, US. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images / AFP)
Young people gathered in response to #Sweden activist Greta #Thunberg 's call regarding the environment, in Martyrs Square downtown #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Nabil Ismail / L’Orient Le Jour)
Young people gathered in response to Swedish activist Greta Thunberg’s call regarding the environment, in Martyrs Square downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Nabil Ismail / L’Orient Le Jour)
Journalist gathers to support Mohammad Ali Saleh, who was arrested on the #Greek island of #Mykonos last week for suspected links to a 1985 plane hijacking, in #Saida, #Lebanon. (Mohammed Zaatari / The Daily Star)
Journalist gathers to support Mohammad Ali Saleh, who was arrested on the Greek island of Mykonos last week for suspected links to a 1985 plane hijacking, in Saida, Lebanon. (Mohammed Zaatari / The Daily Star)
Dual citizen Amer Khayyat stands as he holds his #Australian passport after he was found innocent in an alleged plot to bring down a passenger plane bound for the #UAE from #Sydney, in Roumieh, east of #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Bilal Hussein / AP)
Australian-Lebanese dual citizen Amer Khayyat stands as he holds his Australian passport, after his release from prison, after he was found innocent in an alleged plot to bring down a passenger plane bound for the United Arab Emirates from Sydney, in Roumieh, east of Beirut, Lebanon. (Bilal Hussein / AP)
A visitor looks at an artwork during the opening of the 10th edition of the #BeirutArtFair in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
A visitor looks at an artwork during the opening of the 10th edition of the Beirut Art Fair in Beirut, Lebanon. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Minister of Defence Elias Bou Saab points at part of an #Israeli captured drone that fell over a southern #Beirut suburb during a press conference in the Ministry of Defence in #Yarze, #Lebanon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)
Lebanese Minister of Defence Elias Bou Saab points at part of an Israeli captured drone that fell over a southern Beirut suburb as he speaks during a press conference in the Ministry of Defence in Yarze, Lebanon. (JOSEPH EID / AFP)
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