Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak from my family here in Singapore!  

Eid ul-Fitr, the first of the two Eids celebrated in the Islamic calendar, celebrates the conclusion of the month of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the month of Ramadan.

Here in Singapore (& Malaysia too), we practice seeking forgiveness & reflection during Eid as we visit family and friends, and we wish each other “Selamat Hari Raya, maaf zahir & batin“, which literally means “Happy Day of Celebration! I seek forgiveness for those seen and unseen.” In that spirit, I seek your forgiveness for any wrongs I may have done.

How is Eid celebrated where you are? I’d love to know! ❤️

Also, this is my 6th Eid spent single. My family has stopped asking when I’ll get married and learnt to just make du’a for me instead.

A few days shy of Eid, an old love texted me. He’d read the news article in Straits Times and wanted to wish me well. I stared at the message, not knowing to reply or ignore. He’s a married man now; I don’t want to cross boundaries out of respect for his wife. (I’ve never met her, but I’m sure she’s wonderful.) _

I ended up replying a very short Thank You message a few hours later, feeling full gratitude that things didn’t work out between us. I wouldn’t be where I am today, doing all the things I love and going off to another adventure soon otherwise.

Knowing you deserve more and standing by it doesn’t make you greedy. Who you marry is so damn bloody important, so choose well & choose someone worthy. Through it all, focus on living your best life and showing the world how to love you in all your brilliance and grace.

After all, there are far greater things ahead than there are those left behind. x

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