5 THINGS I WANT TO EXPERIENCE BEFORE I TURN 30

Year after year, we are becoming older and, as I like to think, wiser. Every experience adds to our knowledge and prepares us for the future. We are growing as a person all our lives, it doesn’t just stop at some point. So it’s crucial to become an ‘experience collector’, someone who appreciates every single thing that happens to them as they are climbing the mountain called life. 

Asalam Alaykum and welcome!

As I already mentioned above, I’d like to see myself as an experience collector. It’s just a little term I came up with (unless it already exists but I promise I’ve never seen it again haha) but it carries an important meaning. Life is a long and tiring journey, and just like any other traveler, we should collect our experiences and store them in a little box. This box, later in our life, could help us go through new situations. The experiences from our past shape us and give us tools to break the walls that the future brings. 

This short introduction brings us to my today’s post in which I’d like to share with you a list of 5 things that I’d like to experience before I turn 30. Of course, if they don’t happen to me, I’m still going to try to enjoy every moment equally but it’s nice to set goals, even if they seem impossible or difficult to achieve. 

So let’s get into it, shall we?

1.  Visiting Serengeti in Africa.
When I was a kid, our family visited the Serengeti Safari Park in Germany. It’s basically like a zoo but with the animals having more freedom and you see them from your own car that you drive around with the rhinos walking just in front of it and the monkeys jumping all over the roof. It was an amazing experience for a little girl but as I grow up my dreams grow with me. Nowadays I’m not a fan of the zoos and other places that keep the animals in different kinds of cages, unless they are actually and genuinely helping them (for example after taking them from abusive owners et cetera). One of my biggest dreams of all time was to visit Africa one day. It may sound funny but deep in my heart I feel like something is calling me there. Every time I see the beautiful pictures of the stunning flora and fauna of Africa I’m deeply amazed. So it’s an obvious choice for me to put on this list. To be so close to my favourite animal, an elephant, would make my heart skip a beat and I honestly cannot wait for this to happen, be it before or after I turn 30. InshAllah.

2.  Start a family.
Having a family of my own has been a dream for a long time. Raising children and teaching them all about life, watching them experience it just like I did when I was younger sounds like a perfect plan to me. I am convinced that it’s so much harder than I could ever imagine but I also believe that it’s one of the most rewarding things that could happen to me. I know that you are never actually ready for becoming a parent but I feel like I would be ready to learn and become one as I start my family in the future. I admire young couples with children a lot, people that decide to share their twenties with their own children is magical to me. However, I’m not saying that someone who starts a family after they are 30 or even 40 is any worse. I’m just sharing my own personal dream that comes from my own preferences and what inspires me. InshAllah.

3.  Make a real change.
In 21st century, everyone wants to make a change. Everyone wants to bring something to this world so that we feel accomplished, useful. And it’s important, it’s very important. But in the process of trying to make a change, we should remember to remain as selfless as it’s possible. Do we want to make a change to feel better about ourselves? or to make someone else feel better? This is a crucial question that everyone should ask themselves. 
So the third position on my list is to make a real change, to help someone, to inspire someone, to build something (not necessarily physical). And I know that thanks to that I’d still feel good about myself, no matter how much I want to deny it but I think that’s why the best charity we can give is the one we don’t disclose (I’m not criticising those that share it, I’m just saying that I agree that it’s the best kind, which still means that the rest could be good too) because we often tend to show off with what we do just so that others can see it and clap for us. I really want to do something that’s going to change someone’s life and I believe that the sooner the better. InshAllah.

4.  Learn Arabic.
The importance of Arabic is known to every Muslim. It’s the language of Islam so it’s rather obvious that most of us would like to know it. To pray with understanding, to read the Qur’an with understanding, to just experience the religion more deeply. But even if I wasn’t a Muslim, I’d still consider Arabic one of the most beneficial languages one could learn. There are so many people speaking it and the region is becoming more and more important in the international community, it’s only a matter of time and people speaking Arabic as an additional language would be very highly requested by many employers. Unfortunately, Arabic is a very sophisticated language that takes a lot of time to learn and master so I’m giving myself time and I believe that with the right approach and stubbornness I could achieve it by the time I turn 30, which is in 7 years. Inshallah.

5.  Pray in Masjid al-Haram.
This could not be missing from my today’s list. Praying in Mecca, in the al-Haram Mosque is the dream of every Muslim, and if one has the necessary resources it even becomes an obligation. So before I turn 30, I would love to visit Mecca and pray with the Kaaba within my sight. Reverts often struggle with so many things at once and I can’t think of any other experience that would make all the doubts and feelings of hopelessness fade away as effectively as praying in the Masjid al-Haram. I can only imagine all the overwhelming emotions and relief one feels once they pray there. It has to be the most magical moments and I hope it’s going to happen for me as soon as it’s possible, be it during the Hajj or just the Umrah. InshAllah.

So here it is, the list of 5 things I’d like to experience before I turn 30. If they all happen after I’m 30, it’s still going to be equally rewarding and I’m not going to be any less happy. But I’m going to try my best to make them come true as soon as it’s possible, especially number 4 and 5. InshAllah.

What do you think of setting goals that are long term?
What would your list of 5 things be? Before you turn 20, 30, 40 or any other age.

Let me know in the comments and until the next post,

Stay faithful! ♥

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Why don’t you do things differently today?

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I grew up in a loving Catholic family. My parents were Catholic, my grandparents from both sides were Catholic and their parents and grandparents were also Catholic. I didn’t know any other way than just living my life as a Catholic. I went to church every Sunday and as a child I also prayed before sleep. I attended the religion classes at school (which were taught by a priest) and looked up to my grandmother who visited many holy places around the world. Christian of course.

It’s not to say that I never had doubts. I did, quite a lot. There were many things I couldn’t wrap my head around. The Holy Trinity was the biggest problem of mine and there was no explanation that made sense to me and that would quench my thirst for understanding and total devotion.
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So I kept all my doubts and thoughts to myself and just carried on. I believed I had to grow up to be able to fully understand the religion and everything that comes with it.

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Every morning, I pray that my own parents one day understand that Islam is the best path for me and my self development. One day…
Every morning, I pray that I never turn back from Allah and that I remain His pious servant.

إن شاء الله

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