Now that I am a bit older and have quite passed the raging hormones of a bitter adolescent, I feel like I can appreciate my parents more.
I know this happens to all of us, we only begin to show true appreciation when we have gained more maturity or are ourselves have become/about to share the same experience.
I’m writing this post because I recently had a moment where it finally hit me – this will be me one day.
إِنَّا للهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
My uncle passed away 2 nights ago. I still remember the family sitting down at the dining table having dinner but discussing his health condition which was critical at that moment. Thanks to family group chats we were constantly being updated. But just half and hour into dinner, the text messages were becoming more rampant. My aunt (his wife) was asking my parents to come to the hospital quickly which they were going to after dinner. But shortly after, he took his last breath. And therefore my parents were too late to see him before he passed away. Such is the concept of time, you could never tell if you’ll have enough and therefore it is a gamble life forces you to take.
2013 is coming to an end and since it’s been a good year all year round I thought I’d share some highlights :)
I had a wonderful final year in the UK
Your final year in university is the most important; you have one last chance to step up your grades and make the most of your time in university all at the same time. I’m glad I was surrounded by fun-loving friends who were serious about their studies but at the same time serious about making every moment abroad count.
I graduated with an LLB(hons)
5 months since I graduated!! Time sure flies, read about it here :)
I did a good amount of travelling
I was blessed to be able to visit a few countries in Europe this year. From Scotland to Bosnia to Austria. Each are individually different, have different societal personalities, tell its own story of struggle yet offer so much natural beauty to appreciate. Travelling is so wonderful given the right company and weather and I was blessed throughout. Looking forward to more adventures next year!
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
My brother got married!
It was such a momentous occasion as we welcomed my SIL into the family. I finally get a sister! Hehe
Happiness in tiffany blue
And I started a new chapter in my life – the CLP
I’ve somewhat written about this so I’ll follow up with an update – it’s been 3 months and a new term is about to start. The challenges slowly dawn upon us with the workload and studying but I’m just so glad I have a great support system to fall back on; my classmates and parents.
HELP University’s inaugural law dinning
A good year is a year that was good all around and so I will be ending 2013 with a smile and a handful of memories. Couldn’t have asked for more.
Turned the big 2-1 recently! And it’s been nothing short of wonderful.
Spent my last few days as a student in London with close friends and they were all so sweet as to make my 21st special in advance. In an ideal world I would have loved to have a dinner party where all my loved ones and close friends would attend. But splitting celebrations is better than no celebration at all!
Flew home 2 days before my birthday and came home to this…
A Disney princess birthday banner! My family’s attempt at being cute haha. But super sweet nevertheless. Kinda feel like an 8 year old all over again but whatever, it’s the thought that counts! *twirls*
And on my real birthday I was surprised with this…
A hand made scrap page by my second brother! (Or more like a timeline reminiscing my dorky days *cries*)
Super sweet and thoughtful really. I have no words. As you can see from the photo I was really happy. Best present yet ♥
From my better half I received this really chiq fashion book dedicated to celebrating the immortal icons of style. My cup of tea really. He knows how much I love fashion!
Turning 21 has indeed been blessed and special – advanced birthday celebrations, and celebrations with the family and other half, just what i wanted/needed right after finishing my final exams ever. Turning 21 is also significant to me because it comes at the end of my degree. Finishing my degree and insyaallah graduating over the summer are huge significant timeline markers in my life so far. It’s significant because I am soon to end this chapter as a student and soon enough to start a brand new one entering the working world. All are pending developments. But in the mean time as I take a breather, I also need to start thinking about what I want the next chapter of my life to be like. So many expectations and pressure for achievement. Can’t believe I’m 21. Feels like yesterday I was 17 and wondering what life would be like when I become legal.
Well here it is.
I never knew how much I love kids till recently. It’s like, since when did they become so cute? Exactly, I was asking myself that but then I was like it doesn’t matter. Point is I’m 20 and I’ve realised that kids (at a certain age that is) can be ridiculously cute.
What I love about attending family gatherings is that everyone from my grandfather down to my nieces and nephews are present and it’s always nice and rare to have everyone under one roof – so naturally it’s something to look forward to. Also, since my nieces and nephews are at their cutest age, I look forward to playing with them and giving them tight hugs. They really are so cute. Even I wasn’t that cute at their age. (sources have told me -_-)
Eventually these kids will grow up to become slightly older kids with a bit of an attitude and then they won’t be so cute anymore but in the mean time I am really enjoying this moment where they are all “aunty sya, buka pish…tankiu” referring to the chocolate packet and where I die a little inside because really they are just soo cute being themselves! I have this one nephew who gets excited when he arrives to the party and I’ll be like “Ali!” and he’ll be like “Hellooo!” *lifts arms to give a hug*.
Check out the cake. Miss being a kid as well. It’s so fun to be 5!