I have found that putting yourself first in today’s society is just as important as caring for the ones around us. We now live in a society that reflects more so on individualist notions of putting yourself first than previous collectivist notions of working together for success. The constant increase of capitalism has meant that individualism is winning and so we have to be our own hero because everyone else is just thinking about themselves. Throughout this endeavour, it is important to remember that as the Quran teaches us “success is only by Allah”.
I think so many people find it difficult to talk about hard times and feelings including myself mainly because I understand that everyone is going through hardships and dealing with something. Everyone we meet is fighting their own battle that we know nothing about.
However, I do think talking about things does definitely bring people together and is important to know we are all in this together. At times I have found that communication is not always possible and so the next best thing I like to do is write. I write when I’m happy, sad, angry or when I can’t sleep at night and whenever I think it might be necessary and helpful. Writing is helpful for self-reflection. When I look back on what I’ve written it makes me realise how thoughts can change over time and how we can improve on previous thoughts and ideas.
I have been thinking a bit more about what helps me because it’s not always immediately obvious. I like going on long walks by myself contemplating life and admiring the nature created by Allah. Short times away from people I find are important to reflect on and they calm down tensions.
I also love walking bare foot on grass in summer, connecting my soul with the earth and feeling at one with nature. I love cycling too skateboarding, travelling and exploring new places.
Always remember to be true to yourself.
Kun FayaKun – كُنْ فَيَكُونُ – Be, and it is.