Lessons of 2019

1. On Calmness & Tranquility

Serenity can never be found elsewhere, but within ourselves. It is the wisdom of discerning a mere harmless threat with a life-changing concern. The trick is to recognise which is which and act accordingly. To leave and let go of situations we have no power to change and do everything in our utmost strength to change all that we can.

In order to nurture a healthy soul, mind and body, we have to carefully distinguish between situations and people that are worthy of our concern. By doing so, we will be able to face every single day without unnecessary distress, with an exceptional presence of mind.

2. On Expectations

I’ve learnt that it is often much better and sweeter to be getting something you dont expect. Life is generally unpredictable and people can be disappointing. It sucks when you put your hopes up just to be disappointed and let down in the end.

The best way is to not place your expectations too high. Work hard however you will and most importantly, have the highest of faith on the All-Knowing and All-Mighty God. Place your trust in all His infinite wisdom, and whatever the result may be, you’ll be thankful and happy.

3. On Giving

Giving does not necessarily have to be money. It can be time, effort, advice, compliments and many many more.

To those who look closely, the World is a beautiful gift. Hence, each and every one of us has something to offer to another, always.

4. On Friendship

Growing up and old, it is understandable that we each have our own commitments and priorities to attend to. Meaning that meet-ups may be as infrequent as it may be. Regardless, those who sincerely treasure friendship will make time for each other no matter what. Because one of the most precious things in life is time; once passed there will be no turning back. Time might just be the best gift in any friendship ever, be it time spent on keeping in touch, on having lunch, on talking and texting on the phone or on wishing and praying each other well.

We do not necessarily have to share similar interests to be friends. Just like magnets, the opposite attracts. And our differences complete each other in one way or another.

5. On Love

Love is not blind as defined. Love sees, and sadly Love almost always sees the blind.

The lover of oneself knows ones’ worth to finally walk away. The lover of others may latch on the unworthy and try to make Love stay.

I bid farewell to the Love of the past. For there will be Love in future; hopeful and in every way better than the last.

May our 2020 be blessed with fulfilled dreams, beautiful moments and life lessons. Let bygones be bygones and keep on moving forward!

26

On turning 26, I’ve realised and learnt lots of lessons. I’ve written about most of them exactly 3 years ago and reading them back got me feeling like those words were written by an entirely different person. In all honesty, never thought I could write that good, in comparison to my recent writings which were of lesser quality.

Come to think of it, the 23 things I’ve learnt for turning 23 years old, that was the very first piece of writing that was published for public view. Apparently it was received in an amazing manner, which actually encouraged me to send another piece of writing to TP. Hence, my journey as a contributing writer at TP started which eventually became a platform for me to share more to the public while strengthening my vocabulary and usage of Bahasa Melayu.

I guess that will always be one of my biggest achievements in life. I’ve always took pride in my writings and knowing that people, from all over the world and from different walks of life, has read and actually loved what I wrote, is something that I would not have imagined 10 years ago.

I may not be a writer by profession, but words will always be my loyal companion.

So thank you to all of you who’ve read what I wrote and of course, to all of you who are reading this.

Ps : I’ve actually been suffering from writer’s block lately. *sobs*

Lessons of 2018

It’s been a week into 2019. Here’s what I’ve learned from 2018 that I’m more than happy to share.

On The Courage To Try

Especially those moves that scares and challenges our comfort zone.

Those small initial steps that seemed tiny and insignificant ended up leading me to great things beyond my own imagination, things that I could only dreamed of once upon a time ago.

2018 have taught me to take the leap of faith, to trust the All-Mighty that hold all secrets of the Universe and to walk the path in front of me bravely.

On The Most Valuable Thing in Life

Time.

Not love, wealth, fame or friendship.

Time.

Imagine having only 1 day left to live. Imagine having a few limited hours to breathe. I mean, isn’t that what life is all about?

Time.

We could die at any moment and time may stop ticking for us forever. Yet, what did we do with all the time bestowed upon us all this while?

By (the Token of) Time (through the ages),

Verily Man is in loss,

Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy.

– Surah Al-‘Asr (103)

On Lost Things

Sometimes we find the things that we’ve lost. Other times, they remain unfound and sadly, forgotten. We’re held accountable for every single things that slips from our grasp. Most of the time, they haunt our memories, leaving us with pain and regret.

Well, unless you lose a white portable wifi amongst the snow and had to pay 50$ (like what happened to me).

On What Is Seen

We’re all hiding something from the world.

What you see is what it seems to be. Not what actually is. We choose to show and hide as we please.

There will always be two (or more) sides to a story. And if a person is a book, all you know might just be a chapter. You’ll never know it all.

Everybody is battling demons within their own lives. Not all choose to flaunt their war tales on social media.

On Imperfection

Life can be as beautiful as it gets, but it will always be imperfect.

We’ll never get everything. The blessed might get most, but not all. That’s the way it is; getting one thing and losing another. Having one thing and not having another.

The most important thing is to be grateful for whatever’s in front of us, to hold firmly what we currently have in our grasp and to not take things and people for granted. To live to the fullest and to see the beauty of life despite it’s imperfections.