Long time no post. The trial that I’ve been working on for 2 years and that has been consuming my life for the last few months has finally begun. I’ll probably be going down to Chicago next week to assist.
Today I turn 30 and I’m having a third of a life crisis (inshAllah I can hope that Allah [swt] grants me 60 more years). We celebrated my Grandma’s 90th birthday this last weekend. I was a late birthday present for her – 1 day after her 60th, I came into this world.
More than a hundred people came by to wish her well. I can only pray that in 60 years, I am still happy and healthy, and that I have so many people that love me. And, I hope that I am still worshiping Allah [swt] and striving to follow the path He gave our beloved Messenger [saws].
My third of a life crisis is many fold. I’ve been a muslim for more than a decade – nearly my entire adult life. And yet, I’m stunted in my spiritual growth. I need to stop and rework my plans deen wise.
I need to get back on track with healthy eating. I started some new medication that I think is causing me to gain weight. And I’m not eating nearly as well as I have in the past. That happens when you work 80 hours a week.
I need to exercise. I haven’t been to the gym in 2 months. I want to start running again, and run a marathon before I turn 40.
Once I lose weight, inshaAllah, I want to start to dress “nicer.” These days, I look like a dumpy, chubby shlub who wears hijab. Not the best dawah.
I want to become a socializer at my cat shelter, to help timid and feral cats become kitties that anyone would love to take home.
I want to spend more time with my cat. Squeaky is desperately lonely without me. And I miss her terribly. This picture is from last Friday, when we finally had some time together outside. Even when I get home at midnight, she still runs to the front door, thinking we’ll be going outside. I hate to disappoint her.
I want to learn how to thread my sewing machine. And sew sew sew so I can make costumes.
I want to develop patience to make more complex cross stitch. I stitched my brother a Firefly piece for his birthday, and he really liked it. Picture forthcoming inshaAllah.
I want to become a better cook. I love to cook, and again, haven’t had any time to do that in recent months.
I want to spend time outdoors. I used to camp and backpack. I want to do that again. Nature is a huge sign of Allah [swt], and I want to be there to see it all. See that picture? It makes me say subhanAllah!
Yes, there is a lot that I want in my life. Oh Allah [swt], give me the life, the energy, the strength and the time to accomplish what is best in my life. Ameen.