Reflections on my 26th birthday.

I turned 26 a few days ago, and it’s always a good time to reflect on how life has panned out over the year. The Rainbows for Batam Nov 2016 family planned a surprise for me with the kids, and I cannot think of a better way to start of being 26.

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I used to be impressed by and pray for many things – intellect, wealth, connections. Over the past few years, I’ve learnt that no matter how smart we are, or whatever accolades we achieve, or how many projects we do, or however good we look or portray ourselves, they all crumble in the face of weak character. I ask myself constantly in the face of decisions or statements: “Is this how you wish to be remembered?”

Our ambitions, our gifts & our blessings are granted to us as a sign of His Mercy. What we do with them is a sign of our gratitude. The things that make us feel alive, those that drive us to wake up with a sense of purpose – those aren’t by accident.

Ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing to me?’ ‘What makes me the most upset?’ ‘What change do I want to make?’ Mix that with doing something you’re really good at and love, something you could keep doing forever and ever, and see the magic happen.

Excellence is an obligation, not a choice, for the Muslim. It is a duty to use what we have mindfully and purposefully to serve to our best ability- serve Him, serve ourselves, and serve others.

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Yet I hope we also all remember, at the end of the day, people will remember us for how we made them feel. It’s always a constant struggle to keep ourselves in check and to build and maintain good character. Go and get things done in the world, and use your blessings well, and please, be kind. Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Be a blessing to others.

We are all vessels, filled with His love and mercy, and carry the torch. May He guide us with wisdom to always use His blessings well to serve Him and others.

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Spent my birthday itself with my family, and I’ve learnt as I grew older how family keep me grounded.

“That’s what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you’re not so lovable.”

Through all the storms, the joys, the heartbreaks, the struggles, and the moments of calm, I thank my family for teaching me what faith, commitment & love looks like. I wouldn’t be who I am without them. ❤️

 

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My mum and I have had a challenging relationship as I was growing up – we have clashing personalities, to say the least – but the years have taught me what love means, and we are learning to meet halfway. So this year, I decided to get her flowers for my birthday because this woman deserves to be celebrated more than me. I mean, she battled with her life to deliver a premature baby, and then shuttle back and forth to the baby ICU while dealing with postpartum thingies, cos I was already on a staycation since I was born. 😂
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Came to school and was greeted by a lovely surprise by my family at work too. 🙂

I hope we’ll tell the people we love that we love them. They need to know and we need to let it be known. 

Here’s to another year filled with amazing adventures, growth and love!
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