I simply loved that bit of news about Wally Funk! I mean, slowly but surely we are breaking norms and embrace new stuff. The fact that Wally chose a profession unique to her gender, the fact that she never gave up despite the odds against her, and the fact that important organisations are beginning to understand the importance of inclusivity. I think this was much needed to inspire us, especially during these tough times both for students unsure of what path to take and adults still debating that career switch to go for something they truly love.
We need to have a positive perspective on things at all costs; even if we fail, we should keep trying, irrespective of age, gender, class, because in the end everything’s worth it. What counts is our determination and our efforts.
The Eid Engagement #13 reminded me of the time one of my friends got engaged. Many of these “sessions” were conducted during late night chat online (that was the time when the landline phone was officially free and could be connected to the dial-up internet). We did have one such meeting at her house, though. My brother teased me endlessly about it as I used to be – and still am – amused at the trivial things young girls obsess over.
I know it’s not our “culture” but parents should really have this open conversation with their kids. The kind of incessant worrying, the expectations; if they are considered of marriageable age then they very well are mature enough to discuss these topics. It’s better they have these conversations with you rather than a friend who is of similar age and this lacks the wisdom and experience that you can offer.
Narrated Hakim bin Hizam (R.A):
I asked the Prophet (S.A.W) (for some money) and he gave me, and then again I asked him and he gave me, and then again I asked him and he gave me and he then said, "This wealth is (like) green and sweet (fruit), and whoever takes it without greed, Allah will bless it for him, but whoever takes it with greed, Allah will not bless it for him, and he will be like the one who eats but is never satisfied. And the upper (giving) hand is better than the lower (taking) hand."
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 76, Number 448
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