May 22, 2008
A Note From My Younger Self
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
I found this in my room, and I thought it is worthy enough to the world to read.
I found my old journal that I had from 3rd grade. (It isn’t a real journal; it was more like observations and thoughts.) And I found this one page that was folded and written in bright blue ink. Apparently, my 3rd grade self had a message for my future (now present) self. I found it very interesting and a deep insight to child psychology. I think my younger self had a very thought provoking and intuitive message for the world of *adults.* I am taking an excerpt and I am copying it exactly the way it was written (so please forgive any grammatical errors):
“When ever you are reading this book, you might think of old memories and feel happy, sad, mad, or confused. But I realized something as a kid that I hope you never forget in the future. I may be in your past, but here is some advise: NEVER GIVE UP YOUR DREAMS! No matter how crazy, impossible, or weird they may be. Never give them up! As long as they are for Allah, and you mean well, NEVER THINK IT IS IMPOSSIBLE! DO IT! Say Bismillah and BELIEVE! If you think you can’t, then you really can’t. Think about all the great people in history-Aisha ra, she was an amazing teacher, without her, the image of women in Islam would be bad and we wouldn’t have all the knowledge we have. Think of Mother Terisa and all the good she did by taking care of people and helping other people be inspired. Think of Imam Al Ghazzzali and all the research and studying he did! These people changed the world and they were gifted by Allah, but they too, were like you. They were kids at some point, they had hope, and they prayed to God and Allah blessed them. If you believe, you can do it too. I’m in 3rd grade and kids are saying I can never be a great scholar, teacher, or engineer or that I am too dumb to help the world or that there is no hope for me. You have to kick them all out of your mind. If you cannot find hope in other people, find hope in yourself, find hope in me. But the ultimate source of hope is Allah. NEVER FORGET HIM. Everything will vanish, and only He will saty! He will will help you, I promise. Even is you keep messing up, He’ll help you. Listen to me, if anything you should take from your past, if anything you should ever learn from your memories, if anything you should take from childhood, it is hope. HOPE. BELIEVE YOU CAN. DON’T LISTEN TO ANYONE ELSE. ONLY ALLAH. Just remember to NEVER EVER GIVE UP. HAVE HOPE AND REACH FOR YOUR DREAMS!”
…Essentially, that was the important part. I think there are many things to take home from a 3rd grade version of myself. But that is up to you to determine.