As we find ourselves nearing the end of the year, our batteries are at a low. Final exams are upon us and I think that everyone is in need of a little motivation so that they can find the will to finish the year in style, with their health (mental and otherwise) in full form.
Here’s a few things that are on the top of my bucket list.
I want to see the Eiffel Tower light up as the sky darkens in Paris and see the rich history that Versailles holds. I want to see the New York skyline from a boat ride to the Statue of Liberty, Central Park in all of its glory as the sun shines over it, the leaves fall, covered in white and as the flowers bloom and I want to stand mesmerised by the lights of screens in Time’s Square. I want to visit Platform 9 and 3/4 at King’s Cross in London, shop on Oxford Street and have Ladurée Macarons in Harrods.
I want to walk the streets of Palestine because “There is not a single inch in Al-Quds where a prophet has not prayed or an angel not stood.” (Tirmidhi). I want to perform umrah in Ramadhaan because Nabi ﷺ said (something to the effect) that performing an umrah in Ramadhaan is equivalent to performing hajj with him ﷺ and listen to Sheikh Sudais make the final dua in the last witr salaah of Ramadhaan. I want to send 40 duroods to Nabi ﷺ while sitting in Rawdah-tul-Jannah in Masjid-ul-Nabawi. I want to fulfil the 5th pillar of Islam, Hajj, and be amongst those pilgrims on the plains of Arafaat.
I want to learn how to play tennis and master Kung Fu so that I can throw a punch. I want to be able to call myself bilingual by learning Arabic so that I can understand the Qur’aan, if it has such a profound impact on one’s heart without being able to understand it, I can only imagine how one feels when they understand every single word.
I want to swim with dolphins and scuba dive so that I can discover the mysteries that the ocean holds. I want to have a bonfire on the beach with my favourite people after spending the whole day swimming. I want to cliff dive and feel the ocean envelope me.
As cliche as it sounds, I want to build houses in developing countries and volunteer for organisations not only in South Africa but all around the world. I want to change lives, one kid at a time.
I want to go for San Diego ComicCon and watch Harry Potter & the Cursed Child on Broadway. I want to watch Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the Men’s Final in Wimbledon and hear the crowd roar in Old Trafford when United scores. I want to watch Deepika Padukone give a Ted Talk and host a “73 Questions with Ranbir Kapoor” for Vogue.
I want to be the kind of person who stays up from fajr, goes for a run, then comes home to eat a healthy breakfast and I also want to be the kind of person who makes waffles with the love of their life on a Sunday morning. I want to have a “Come Dine with me” edition with my friends and develop a signature dish that everyone loves.
I will forever be the girl who gets really excited when the sky is in pretty colours so I want to watch the sun set in all 193 (as recognised by the United Nations but debatable) countries. I want to see the sun set on the ocean, on skylines and on mountains for sunsets bring peace.
The point is that the possibilities are endless and you can do anything that you set your mind to. Material accomplishments are great. But we should always keep in my mind that when you’re gone, the way you made people feel will always linger in their hearts so we should make sure that they only feel happiness when they remember us.