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Yesterday, as I sat at home in my pyjamas marinating in the funk that is the product of ‘not­showering’ I started to think about my year.

This doesn’t normally happen, I usually do not have such a philosophical outlook on life and just live in the present. So anyway, there I was sitting in the sitting room recollecting and reminiscing on what my 2013 was like. The trip back in time was actually quite interesting. As I recounted all the moments of the year, I sometimes laughed at myself or found myself feeling a sort of deep sorrow. This is the point at which I made a self-realization. I usually do not post any emotional things about my life on the internet (well at least I stopped doing so) but I feel this is just the thing to share.

When looking back at the year that has past one should not weigh the negatives against the positives. This is life and not some movie and life unfortunately sucks. In most circumstances, negatives will always outweigh the positives. The goals that were not achieved, the disappointments and the let downs, the things that did not happen or the things that happened, the sad times as well as the bad times. These are the things that are always present and frequent. If we decide to immerse ourselves in these negatives, we will always end up disappointed with ourselves.

What most people do not know is that we should look at our past with an engineer's eye. We should be able to take our negatives and learn from them; like a defective cog, the negative is there to fix and improve. Allah does not put you through what you cannot handle. He usually puts obstacles to test your faith and resolve. As long as you are reading this from wherever you are. You are a winner. You have endured and thrived through 2013 and inshallah you shall do the same in 2014.

I am in no means trying to write a chapter in my very own self-help book but rather sharing with you what I learnt today.

It takes some practice finding the minutest particle of positivity in a myriad of negativity but it is a worthwhile endeavour as we end up feeling much better about ourselves and the world around us.

One of the hardest lessons in life is letting go, whether its guilt, anger, love, loss, or betrayal. Change is never easy. We fight to hold on and we fight to let go.

Now let me go take that shower.

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