||[Aug. 18th, 2010|11:15 pm]
My 21st year was filled with many 1st... Both happy and disappointing moments.|
I still remember how my 1st day as 21-year old was. School started in the afternoon that day. I was greeted in school by Adam with a pack of Yanyan as a birthday gift. That day was also the 1st time i reached home so late after a birthday dinner with Su, Atiqa and Sha at Seoul Garden. I can still remember how much Atiqa shook while carrying the cake to the table.
My 21st year also was when I met so many friends in NIE. Friends that I hope I can keep for life. I met people of different backgrounds and age, people from different areas of teaching focus, art teachers, music teachers, mother tongue teachers, etc. I worked with different people for different projects, worked on my 1st ever detailed lesson plan.
I also slept over on a weekly basis at my aunt's place because class ended late and started really early the next day.
I was left at home with my siblings for the 1st time in my life for a whole month, when my parents went for haj. I celebrated my 1st Eid without my parents, attempted cooking for the time. A whole month without parents was tough but it definitely made me value them more.
I was also driven by my brother for the 1st time, wrote on his bike for the 1st time. As scary it might have been, it was indeed an experience. At the same time, my 21st year was also the 1st time I ever drove a car. I had my TP, and failed it as well. It was also the 1st time I ever spent so much on something.
It was also this year that I fell in love for the 1st time. Went on my 1st date, 1st double date. 1st time bringing someone home to meet my parents. Because of this person, I had many 1st times. I started spending my Saturday mornings volunteering at a Madrasah, doing what I do best, teaching. I went for my 1st camp as a facilitator with the APEX family.
But, it was also the year I had my 1st heartbreak. It taught me that Allah is still the one who decides our fate. We merely plan but our plans might fail, because Allah already predetermine our destiny.
My 21st year was a bittersweet one, and now, I've started my journey as a 22 year old. What lies ahead, I do not know. But I truly wish it would be better than my 21st. To everyone who played a part in my 21st year, thank you for making me the person I am today.
"Age is just a number Miss Sweetness" Yes, I'll truly remember that.