Holidays

May 30, 2010

  • Waking up 7 in the morning, getting ready and rushing to university.
  • Taking the usual classes and hoping the day will end.
  • Getting back home, having lunch and taking a nap.
  • Getting up to have tea and checking out Facebook for the daily updates of whats happening, checking out a video or two on Youtube.
  • Dashing through an assignment or flipping through a topic for a quiz.
  • Eating dinner spending some time with family and then back in front of the computer checking Facebook again. (Checking Facebook in this context means wasting time… a lot of time!)
  • Watching a TV show.
  • Going to bed

Dull, boring and monotonous is what comes to my mind when I think through the routine I’ve been following the past four months! Productive, maybe, a little. But the entire time I wish that the semester finish as fast as it can so I can enjoy my holidays.

I’ve been thinking! Holidays, what are they? Why do we look forward to them so much? A time when we don’t have to follow a schedule. A time for fun and games. A time to stay up all night and sleep all day. Losing touch with time. Not knowing what day of the week it is. Rebellion with the academic routine, we leave every productive thing and do everything else!

I say holidays are “checking Facebook”, for us! We’ve made up our minds that, once we’re done with the semester, we’ve done enough. Yes, studying is hectic, boring and nerve wrecking! But that doesn’t mean we should become useless. As it is, we do a shabby job in getting through the academic year. Why do we think that we shouldn’t do anything that is beneficial in the free time we’ve got.

What is so important about following a routine? It keeps us healthy, physically and mentally. Our body and mind gets use to working in an orderly fashion. Time is used wisely and its easier. Yet we dread it as if its our archenemy! In my earlier posts I mentioned the importance of prayer and how it brings a pattern into our lives. If following a routine wasn’t important then prayer wouldn’t have any set timing.

It just struck me, all this while I’ve been thinking of these verses:

Al-Jathiya

Surah 45

(2) Verily, in the heavens and the earth are signs for the believers. (3) And in your creation, and what He scattered (through the earth) of moving (living) creatures are signs for people who have Faith with certainty. (4) And in the alternation of night and day, and the provision (rain) that Allâh sends down from the sky, and revives therewith the earth after its death, and in the turning about of the winds (i.e. sometimes towards the east or north, and sometimes towards the south or west, sometimes bringing glad tidings of rain, etc. and sometimes bringing the torment), are signs for a people who understand. (5)

Have you ever seen any animal live its day differently? The bird that starts its day at dawn and ends it at dusk, the bat that wake up during the night and hunts for its food and sleeps by day, and the whale that travels 3000 miles from the north to the south to feed and goes all the way back. They all follow a fixed pattern. And that’s how they have been programmed. We on the other hand have been given a choice. We have a path which leads us to victory and one that leads us to destruction. Allah has provided us with the directions to follow, to attain victory, through the things he has created.

I never thought that the bird that chirps outside my window every morning would teach me such a wonderful lesson about life! Be it a weekday, weekend, exam day, or holiday, following a set routine is essential. It might sound really boring to a lot of us. But do we realize that the time we lose today is not coming back. I’m not saying we should stop all sorts of entertainment and become animals who do only that which they have been programmed to do. All I’m saying is that we can have fun and do everything that we do on holiday, but with a routine.

Having an organised day,  knowing what you’ll do and when you’ll do it makes it time well spent. Isn’t it just exhilarating when you accomplish a goal you have set? You feel that you’ve actually achieved something you wanted. This is the same feeling you’re bound to feel when going about your day the way you’ve planned it.

This post is starting to become a recap of my previous posts. I thought I would write a post, evaluating what I’ve done and thought of this semester, and it is starting to become just that.

My prayer for today is: May Allah help us learn to use our time wisely, enjoy life to the fullest and have no regrets when we’re done! Ameen

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4 Responses to “Holidays”

  1. spotlesssoul Says:

    Ghazi! =) All i can say is that WOAH! you’re getting better and better day by day.

    The most interesting thing your blog possesses is that each write-up has a specific message to deliver, specific sensation to be invoked, specific feeling to be felt, specific lesson to be learnt and specific things to be realized which we ignore in hustle and bustle of every day (:

    So true you are in everything you said! We find ‘routine’ boring because of the way described. Following a fixed pattern does NOT mean that our roles are ‘same’ every day. The rising of sun follows a SAME pattern every day but every day is DIFFERENT in its essence and situations. Similarly, every day we should invoke ‘lost’ sensations, new thoughts while following a fixed pattern. Just an example, human life follows a ‘fixed’ pattern of ‘life and death’ but everyone dies in his own way after living a life in his own way. Innovation is something which shouldn’t be lost in the schedules else they make ‘human’ a robot =)

    Keep writing! Keep inspiring! =)

  2. ghaziaitizaz Says:

    Sorry for the late reply!
    Learning new things makes one so happy! And being able to tell the world about it is a great feeling too!
    Thanks

  3. spotlesssoul Says:

    Ermm :S I somehow failed to understand the connection between your reply and my reply :/

  4. ghaziaitizaz Says:

    sorry i got a little vague there. I meant that I learn new things about blogging and that makes me happy. And because my skills are improving as you said i feel great about the fact that i can express myself better to the world.
    And the fact that everyone has a uniqueness to their lives is what makes everyone special in their own way.

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