Friday, October 23, 2009

The Age of Discovery

I woke up today with a smile on my face, knowing everything is okay now. Most of weight on my shoulders were lifted. The big event has ended, the big exam has ended. I'm free as a...a...a neon gas? Anyway, today is the last day for me as a 21 year-old. Sitting, thinking, I remembered how miraculous my year has been. If each of my age has a title, the age of 21 would be: 'The age of discovery'. So many great things happened this year, represented my University to Harvard & United Nations, went to Hong Kong, Macau, learnt to play the guitar, experienced earthquakes, elected as Chairman for the Malaysian Student Organization, etc. In short, my year was helluva adventure! Hectic at times, but all in all, I LOVED it.

Sometimes, when I look back, I couldn't believe I did all that. Going to training every single week for the Harvard conference, staying up late night for exams, going to meetings and conferences, and organizing events at the same time. Honestly it wasn't easy. Nope, not at all. Somewhere along the road I thought of just giving up. Obstacles sometimes let me down. Like getting not enough sponsorship to realize my events, last minute faculty schedule changes, missing my first connecting flight to US because of some (stupid) documents & regulations, losing some money at (another stupid) ATM machine in Boston, almost getting arrested by the police for trespassing (can you believe it? All I wanted was to take a shortcut!)...and much more. But, no matter how much hard times I went to, nothing beats the sweet taste of success in the end. Plus, I'm surrounded by people who are always there to help: My family, my friends, my colleagues. Without them, I get nowhere. But most of all, I'm grateful to God. If u have faith in the Almighty, there is no problem that can't be solved.

The Harvard moment

If I can do my year all over again, I won't change a thing. Because it made me who I am today. So, tomorrow I'm turning 22. I don't know what 22 brings...I know there will be hard times, but I do hope that it the end, it will be another great year for me. I may not know it, but these may be the moments in my life that I will remember most.

10 comments:

bie said...

iAllah.

sheena shahlina said...

i am so proud to call u my fren...
wish u a very happy birthday...
may allah bless u in everything dat u do...
keep up ur good work...
u r a very good n talented person...
im very sure that 22 will be more interesting than 21...

Anonymous said...

yesterday is history
tomorrow is mystery
but today is a give.
that why its called the present

everyday there will be something that we'll learn
yes indeed its hard but we have to face it..
it'll makes us grown up

Dira Fabrian said...

a very inspiring writing. and... deep. I do agree that every single hardships along the path of life is actually very valuable. Makes you value yourself more :)
hope u had a great bday!

lady "L" said...

Happy Birthday Opie. May Allah Be With You Always... take care.

Nadrenalynne said...

happy 22nd birthday~
may all ur dreams come true.
may His blessings pour upon u like the beautiful pouring of rains on the earth!
i get inspired reading most of ur entries.
thanks n keep on inspiring me!
=D

Anonymous said...

tomorow is another day....

mimiqt said...

Salaam Lutfi.

Reading your post makes me feel like writing or crying out loud. Because, hell I experienced a lot of things this year as well!! >.< (though might not as great as you. MUN MUN . envious, i was and still am)

There's just so much to tell, so much to look back and yet, verily there is so much to look forward to as well.

We're just one damn species who wish to challenge ourselves to our best limit and break it somehow. :)

Congratulations on your achievements!

Hope you're having fun there. Stay safe and Happy B'day, once again.

Phat-ness said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUTFI!!
moga pjg umor and murah rezeki
u sure had a lot of fun
unlike us here ;((
hope u'll have fun as much as u did coz now ur 18 with 4 years of experience ;D

Lutfi Fadil said...

Hey, thanx everybody for the wishes and comments! Thx Cik Liz, and mimi, yup, we'll always have a thirst for challenge, but that's what keeping us up and alive, don't u think? 2 fatah, thx bro, I like the idea of being 18 + 4 years of experience =)

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