Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 was AWESOME, now on to the next one

Taking that long, narrow, winding road again after what feels like years. This time, though, I'm behind the wheel.

I've got a good feeling about this year. I may have found some motivation to work hard, so we'll see :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Radical Experience in Empathy. Open Your Mind.



it's pretty long, but it's worth watching. I promise.

Monday, December 27, 2010

stay true

"...To express yourself as you are, without any intentional, fancy way of adjusting yourself, is the most important thing..." Shunryu Suzuki

It's important to be yourself, always, and be confident about it too. You're probably awesome (extra awesome if you're actually reading this), so there's no need to change for anyone.
 
I've made some changes this year. I'm less of a secret bitch and I trust fewer people. It's easier for me to say 'no' and I'm pretty straightforward with everyone. I still respect everyone though, which I think is important. I don't feel the need to censor myself in front of my good friends, and I don't plan on disclosing myself to anyone anymore, unless they prove to be honest and worthy. I've made that mistake way too many times.
I noticed more people being fake, and I don't understand it at all. How can you be one way toward a person and call them your friend when they're in front of you, but turn and talk about them when they leave the room? Shit ain't right.

Anyway, I'm looking into study abroad programs and found a couple that go with what I'm studying, and would be a dream to visit (Germany and Spain). I'm so bored with where I'm at. I should probably listen to my dad who always tells me, "Well, you need to get bored once in a while!"
I'm getting tired of walking along the same blocks every day for classes. Routine kills me. I don't know how normal that is. It's only been a year and a half. Maybe the change in schedule this semester will help with that. But seriously, studying abroad would be AMAZING.

Friday, December 24, 2010

route of exploration

So, I've finally mapped out the route of my journey. It's gonna be a good one. I think I'm destined to wander the earth.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

well, damn.

I might as well change my name to Summer.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

say what?

I'm in my twenties.
"You'll always be a kid, and that's what so great about you." :)
I spent my last day as a teenager sleeping, playing soccer for 3 hours, eating a calzone, and watching Charlie St. Cloud with two awesome people. Alhumdulillah, it's been one of my favorite years. On to the next one! :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

God is aplenty

The Wazir Khan Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan, is famous for its extensive faience tile work. This mosque is beautifully adorned with colorful tiles and Arabic calligraphy. Insha'Allah one day I hope to visit it, among many others.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Destination: Persia

one day my dream of traveling the world will become a reality.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Holden Caulfield

"Look, sir. Don't worry about me," I said. "I mean it. I'll be all right. I'm just going through a phase right now. Everybody goes through phases and all, don't they?"

Sunday, December 12, 2010

there's beauty in the breakdown

I'm not sure of the source, but this photo makes me so happy.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

the call

Just because everything's changing
Doesn't mean it's never been this way before
All you can do is try to know who your friends are
As you head off to the war
Pick a star on the dark horizon and follow the light

You'll come back when it's over

No need to say goodbye
You'll come back when it's over
No need to say goodbye

Monday, December 6, 2010

my heart's greatest pieces

Dad, you're the greatest man I've ever known. I hope to one day be just as selfless as you.

Mom, I hope to have a heart as big as yours, to care as much as you do. You are beautiful.
Narrated 'Abdullah: I asked the Prophet (pbuh) "Which deed is the dearest to God?" He replied, "To offer the prayers at their early stated fixed times." I asked, "What is the next (in goodness)?" He replied, "To be good and dutiful to your parents"...(Bukhari)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

we're fated to pretend


He just stands with his toes on the edge
And he waits for it to disappear again
there's way too much bad shit in this world
and i've already said that a number of times before
but all the fakes and liars are being revealed in time
and i can't help but be shocked every time i see that someone is not who they seem.

and honestly, it bothers me.
i mostly keep to myself nowadays because from what i know, no one else is real.
sad truthh.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

For as Long as I can Remember, It's Been December

First things first, I would REALLY like the recipe for time. So if you've got that, contact me immediately :)

 I always thought I'd build a Mosque when I'm older, and travel around the world and teach villages, feed the hungry and help the orphans, write a book and change the world. The older I get, the more that seems like just a dream.

MONEY=POWER=CHANGE.

One of the challenges a lot of Social Workers face is lack of funds to make the changes that they're intended to make. And that scares me because in order to really help people on a large scale, you've got to have money. Social Workers get paid wayy too little for the amount of work they do, and for the number of peoples' lives they change.
That should be motivation enough for me to want to be the best student I can be, and work to my full potential so I can get a great job and make bankk. And it is important, but right now those words alone aren't changing my study habits or the amount of effort I put in. And I'm going to regret it later. As much as I wish I wouldn't, I keep cruising through school without trying my best. Lately I've been thinking about double majoring to gain more experience, but knowing that I would be in school longer is so unappealing to me. It's sad, I know. It's definitely still an option, though. I've only ever been motivated about non-academic things. BLEHHHH. I just want to get to my major-specific courses so I can learn something I'm interested in and find out what the heck I want to do. I hate not knowing. I thought I knew, but lately I just don't know!
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