I don’t celebrate my birthday but it’s been a blogging tradition here on my blog to post about my yearly lessons during my birthday but this time I want this birthday post to be something different. I’m not sharing 22 lessons instead I’m sharing 22 things I’m grateful for. In the previous months I’ve been having personal issues that I’m glad I overcome, honestly those things made me ungrateful and discontented. But, looking back at the things my Creator has blessed me with, I realized that everything is planned perfectly. Opening my eyes to the things that happened to me, I realized that I’ve received more and better than what I asked for.
Before I start listing the things I’m grateful for, I want to share few things about my goals now that I’m 22 years old. My previous years were more on finding my strength, talents, skills and knowing who I really am. It’s a long journey for I’ve been curious for a long time about what my likes and dislikes are. But in perfect time, I discovered some of the things I wanted to do, what professional career I want to pursue and what side-projects I want to establish. Somehow, I can now picture out a bit of how I want my future to be. Not totally complete and I know some of what I have in mind may not come true for I know my Creator’s plans are a lot better and everything only happens in His will. But, having some plans make me see the path I want to follow, it helps me in facing major decisions in my life and it gives me a clear disposition in life. So, in my 22nd year, I want to focus on different thing— which is a lot more important for me now that I’m more matured. The previous years made me know where I’m good at, what my weaknesses are, what my professional and business goals are. But this year, I want to focus on improving myself in other aspects. I want to achieve optimum physical, mental and spiritual fitness.
Being stressed with my life lately due to both academic and non-academic activities I had in the previous years, I noticed how improving my over all fitness seemed like a part time job. I became too busy to engage in faith-related activities, to participate in activities that are good to my mental health, to read good books, to workout daily and to eat right. All of these were like less priorities for me which made me felt extremely sad and disappointed with myself. I knew back then how important feeding my soul, body and mind well but it seemed like although I knew, I ignored it.
Just like how the old saying says, it’s never too late to make a change. So now that I’m 22, my focus, aside from graduating, is to gain a lifestyle dedicated to over-all fitness. Changing is difficult but I know I’m serious about this for I know getting fit mentally, physically and spiritually has a great impact in my personality and attitude.
Now I’m sharing 22 things I’m grateful for. (haven’t I mentioned this post is going to be extremely long?)
- Being a Muslim. I may not be the perfect Muslim but I am grateful for having born and raised as a Muslim. I’m working on improving myself mostly for Allah’s sake. So, that one day I am certain that I deserve this precious gift.
- My parents. Life won’t be easy without my parents supporting me all my life. We may have different beliefs at so many things but at the end of the day, the comfort and company of each other is all we need.
- My siblings. I’m thankful for having younger siblings I can protect and older ones who always protect me.
- Nieces, nephews, grandfather, aunts and uncles. They make life more wonderful! I enjoy having a bunch of adorable nieces and nephews especially that I witness how they grow up.
- Good friends. The quality of friendships that I have is another thing I’m grateful for. I may have few close friends, but they are all I need and they’re friends I can call my own sisters.
- Good health. I still am struggling with my weight issues, but still I’m thankful because I don’t have any worrying health issues.
- Having a home. I’m glad that I have a place I can call home where I and my family live together.
- Blogging. Being able to discover what blogging is led me to discovering a lot of things about myself. Through blogging, I found out my passion, met great people and gained knowledge and skills I won’t learn elsewhere.
- Earning online. Although I’m still a student, being able to earn extra money helped me to buy whatever I want without depending too much on my monthly allowance. While living alone during college, having extra money helped me in times my monthly allowance ran out and I needed to pay something. It also made me able to help others who are financially in need.
- Ability to design. One of my main online source of income is web designing. Although, I’m not an IT or computer student, my passion with designing led me learn and practice web designing.
- Wisdom. I know I have a lot to learn but I’m grateful for learning a lot already. Indeed, wisdom is a form of wealth.
- Studies. Although my college journey took longer way than the average college student due to shifting of courses and depression, I’m glad that I’m now taking Nutrition and Dietetics course which I enjoy and that I know will lead me to a career I want to see myself grow up in professionally. I am also taking up BA in Islamic Studies because I know it’s my duty to learn about the deen.
- Being able to read Qur’an. I’m thankful that my mom encouraged me since I was in my younger years in learning how to read Qu’ran. She’s enrolled me to classes and sometimes hired a tutor for me to learn how to read Qur’an with tajweed. It’s the best gift she’s given me ever. Being able to read Qur’an helps me relieve from any pain I feel.
- Internet connection. I’m glad that through internet, I’m able to learn and spread what I know through blogging.
- Hiking Mt. Pico De Loro. It was one of the experiences I won’t forget ever. The beauty of nature and the challenges I faced hiking trails made me appreciate the creations of the Almighty more.
- Training at Toastmasters. Training at Toastmaters for 2 consecutive school years when I was in high school greatly helped me build my self-confidence, leadership skills and speaking skills. Having won twice led me in believing in myself that I can be good at something I used to fear a lot. The skills I gained from the training helped me throughout college up until now.
- Traveling alone. Traveling alone was one of the things I feared a lot. I was too dependent that I couldn’t even to buy stuff at the store alone. But, traveling alone made me gain strength and overcome my fears of being alone.
- English. Learning the language of English made me able to communicate well with people from any race. It makes exploring the beauty of diversity, cultures, beliefs easy.
- Living alone. Being able to live alone throughout my college years made me strong enough to stand with my own, to solve any problem that I encounter and to remain firm with my faith despite the influences around me.
- Google. Although not all the content on Google are reliable, still Google made searching for answers to whatever we need to know easy.
- Being raised in Saudi. Having born and raised in Saudi contributed a lot to my character and personality. If given a chance to spend more years in this country, I’d grab it. But, if my fate is to try out and live in another place I’m ready to explore it.
- Coffee. Coffee is always a great company especially on days I spend hours studying, reading, working and writing.
By writing this, I realized how blessed I am. I realized how there are plenty of things I should be grateful for.