Alhamdulillah thumma alhamdulillah, another year has passed by and today, I’m one step closer to finishing my second decade of life. Being 19 in the current world is considered as still young, but honestly speaking, I feel that I’ve lived too long and done too little for everything. After 19 years of handling this responsibility called life,dear Young Warah I wish you knew that :-
1- Hidayah has been around since 1400 years ago.
You don’t need to wait until you get a dream showing you getting thrown into the Hellfire to make you start to be a practicing Muslim. It’s there when the Azan is echoed, it was there when your mother asked you to put on the tudung, it was there when you got enrolled to sekulah ugama. It was there when you were yearning to be a better Muslim.
2- Be wise in choosing your friends.
If you surround yourself with 5 successful persons, you will be the 6th. If you surround yourself with 5 passionate persons, you will be the 6th. If you surround yourself with 5 idiots, you will be the 6th. I can’t stress enough how important it is to be careful in choosing your friends.
3- Time waits for no man.
Procrastination gets you nowhere. You snooze, you lose. Everybody gets the same amount of time everyday, but it’s up to you how you would like utilize it.
4- Moving on isn’t about forgetting.
It’s not about losing your memory on what’s happened, but it’s about not feeling a great amount of pain when it enters your mind, and being able to not cry as you go to sleep. Detachment hurts, and it takes time. Yet, you will get through it eventually.
5- Stop being too self-conscious.
Yes, people will look at you, and people will judge you. But whatever, they will forget about it in the end.
6- You always have a choice, and to a certain degree, it’s okay to be selfish.
You can choose to do what you want, you can choose to eat what you want, you can choose to go wherever you want to go, you can choose to walk away when the situation is not to your liking.
7- There is another life after this one you are currently living.
It lasts forever. Make jannah your aim.
8- Habit is like a building.
You can construct it, you can destruct it, and the latter is much more easier than the former.
9- Good things take time, and it’s okay to take time.
It’s not about being able to read a 500-page novel in an hour. It’s not about getting toned arms after 7 days straight of weight lifting. It’s not about mastering the grammar rule the first time you come across it. The most important thing is being able to retain whatever the good outcome is in a very long period of time. Also, time heals all wound
10- Be careful with your words.
This includes your facebook posts, tweets and blog posts. They may haunt you in a horrific way.
11- You are responsible for yourself.
In the end, you have to live your life alone. You can’t rely too much on others, and you shouldn’t hook yourself onto anyone else except for Him. For every action and decision you make, the biggest impact is always on you.
12- Financial intelligence is crucial.
Because almost everything needs money, and it’s very important for you to be smart in making any purchase. Always let the needs on top of the wants.
13- Never underestimate the power of Parents…
Always keep good relationship with them. Sometimes in the storm of life, their prayers are what you need in order to keep yourself going strong.
14- and the power of Siblings.
They can be your life saver. Without you realising, they are actually like the stink on your feet. They might not be entirely pleasant, but they stick more with you more than anyone else does.
15- Read a lot.
Like, a very lot. It sharpens your brain, and the humanity is having more than enough ignorance than it should bear.
16- When you love something, you will make time for it. So will you when you really want something.
You are never passionate about something until you make sacrifices to achieve it.
17- You don’t need to work hard to prove yourself to others. You don’t even need to actually.
Action and outcome speak louder than words.
18- You can always do better.
Given that you are willing to fight that devil inside of you.
19- The perfect time to make changes is NOW.
Not later, not tomorrow, not your next birthday.
Best of luck in sailing this stormy sea of life.