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Monique Elias’ book lets readers see that spending a lot of time on social media has shown everyone that despite all their differences, there are everyday things that all people have in common.

It doesn’t matter what walk of life you come from or what your likes or dislikes are; there is a set of everyday shared experiences that most, if not all, can relate to.

So, at a time when everyone seems to be more divided than ever, sharing a few things that prove everyone has more in common with the next person than you might think.

1. Procrastination. For many people, procrastination is a mysterious and robust force that keeps them from completing the most urgent and vital tasks in their lives with the same strength as when you try to bring like poles of a magnet together. It’s also a potentially dangerous force, causing victims to fail out of school, perform poorly at work, put off medical treatment, or delay retirement savings. 

2. Love. We all want to love and to feel loved. Being in love, feeling loved, and knowing someone loves you is the best feeling ever. It’s a feeling that is unexplainable, a feeling that can’t be described, a feeling that you don’t have words for, a feeling that makes you smile, a feeling that causes your heart to skip a beat, a sense that makes you want to do right, a feeling that causes you to change so you can be a better person.

3. Traffic hate. Everyone has been there. Whatever your political party, background, orientation, or belief system, you’ve been stuck at rush hour, suffering at the hands of the traffic gods, who can be both cruel and fickle. Everything seems to move faster than ever before in this modern world, except the roads. Traffic remains one of the great scourges that afflict us all. 

4. Worrying about losing a loved one. Few things in life are scarier than losing a loved one. On some level, the majority realize that everything comes to an end. People usually do their best not to think about it. Fear and anxiety often come from uncertainty. Humans can’t see the future. But there are things everyone can do to manage one’s fear and worry about it.

5. Queuing. As you know, queues are a common everyday experience. Queues form because resources are limited. It makes economic sense to have queues. For example, how many supermarket tills would you need to avoid queuing? Queuing is now an integral part of everyone’s life, wherever you are.

Monique Elias’ book about country flags and places, entitled “Faces And Places In The World,” has indeed delved into these things about the topic mentioned above. This is a book of short rhymes, boys and girls dreaming of traveling the world and what they do or see when they visit all of its famous cities and sites in various countries around the globe. Their dreams take them to 26 countries. The activities or sites they behold take place at famous landmarks and in prominent cities in the countries of the world. Each sentence is a cute rhyme of where they are and what they dream of doing. or seeing. Each page also has a picture of their dreams which includes the image of the country flags and places. The book educates toddlers about the world concerning country names, famous geographical sites, and landmarks.

Further, Monique Elias is intensely creative, designing everything from apparel to homeware for all ages and stages. She loves old-school cartoons, reading encyclopedias, world travel, and creating something for kids. She loves everything around her, especially her favorite dog, a spotted great dane.

Takeaway

Take a minute to look at the person on your left. Now, look at the person on your right. Know that they, too, have their struggles. They, too, have moments of not knowing what the hell they’re doing and trying to figure it out. They, too, are open to social media and sometimes feel like they aren’t measuring up. Rather than focusing on how they’re different from you, focus on what you all have in common.