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  • Writer's pictureS Jilani

2nd Year Reflections

Updated: Aug 22, 2021

As I am nearing the end of my second year of university inshaAllah, I have been looking back at the past few years and realised how far I have come. Yes these past few years have been full of its ups and downs, but these trials and tests that have happened, only made me into the person I am today. I look at 2019 me and realised how much i have grown, not just academically or mentally, but also in my faith. Being put through hardships or stresses of university life made me strengthen my relationship with Allah and my faith, as I realised that Allah tests us with what we can handle and nothing more. The pandemic also allowed me to strengthen my relationship with my sisters both as a group dynamic and individually, as I quarantined with them throughout the summer and first lockdown. I am extremely grateful that I had this time with them as I feel that we have grown closer as a group and I am beginning to be more open about things which they helped me with.

Also, I have grown more independently and have started to fully enjoy my own company, slowly building myself up to go on a mini outing by myself one day soon iA. Being in quarantine, especially since mid/the end of January, has allowed me to truly begin my own journey to self-love and acceptance for who I am, flaws and all. Through doing so, I have uncovered some of my passions and hobbies that I am pursuing for me, this blog being one of them. Honestly speaking, I don't think I would be the person I am today without having this pandemic occur. So, although I am truly ready for it to be over soon and for everyone to be healthy once again iA, I am thankful in that my relationships - with Allah and my family/sisters, have been strengthened, as well as my relationship with myself is becoming a more positive and stronger one.

As one of my favourite quotes says - "you have to be a friend to yourself first before anyone else", which is something that this past year has allowed me to start doing. I hope that these past years have been as beneficial to you as they have for me and that you all stay happy and healthy until we meet in my next post inshaAllah.

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