A New Kind Of Life; I Ramble: 17 September 2021

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Hello, there! Here is a catch-up post on what is going on with me right now.

I am currently heavily committed to various agencies in my life.

Commitment #1: My full-time job.

There is a change at the workplace. I have been entrusted to run the backend like a well-oiled machine while trying to carve out time for my own professional development. It is not going very well but I have been taking it on the chin better. I deeply believe it can be done and it is not like I am not working hard but I feel that I am not working smart. The one change that I had wanted to see in myself that I have not been able to achieve is to ask for help when I need it and I am proud to say that I have been doing that a whole lot more. So now my improvement point is to perform my daily mandatory prayers while I am at work. I keep on missing them on the basis of needing the time to finish my tasks. This is where I should throw my words back in my own face, “Work will never end”. But life will end and I do not want to tell my Maker I had to choose work over him. Correct, I am being paid by the company to work so it is not wrong for me to continue with my tasks. However, there are break times and we are allowed to use the loo to answer nature’s call for 10 minutes. So why not utilise my break times and answer God’s call right? See, I call bullshit on my excuses.

Goal #1: Perform mandatory prayers at work.

Actions to take: Always take my one-hour break from 3.30pm to 4.30pm to pray Zuhur before meal and Asar after meal. Always take my half-an-hour break from 8pm to 8.30pm to pray Maghrib and Isyak before chilling out.

Commitment #2: My part-time job.

I received a part-time job offer that would require me to really dig deep into my qualification in Communication. I mean, I did a major in Journalism and a major in Public Relations. And now I finally have a more solid opportunity to practice what I studied. It is definitely going to take me a while to get rid of all that rust in that section of my brain but I cannot thank Allah enough for this opportunity. Alhamdulillah, I actually received another side offer on the very same day that I received the offer for my part-time job. I was offered to build a website for a wealthy client but I decided to turn that down. I feel I could use more time to study before I can execute within the 10 hours stipulated.

Goal #2: Achieve a good work review after three months.

Actions to take: I need to read my old relevant textbooks just to refresh my knowledge and skills on top reading relevant news and new books with regards to the social media field. Execute each week successfully according to the bosses’ expectations.

Commitment #3: My funeral course.

Laugh at me all you want but I signed up for a short course on Islamic funeral rites. I really miss going to school. I really do. So I thought why not I enroll myself in a class to learn something that I will need in the future. Given that I am the eldest in my family and given that my husband and I live alone, I have to be prepared for deaths to come if I am destined to outlive them and if not, I have to prepare for my own death! I have been putting it off for a good decade since I became of legal age to make decisions without parental consent. It’s a virtual course anyway, within the comfort of my own home so why not?

Goal #3: Create a Standard Operaton Plan for myself to follow in the event of a loved one’s death.

Actions to take: I need to simplify and condense the know-how into steps that will be easy for myself to follow. In the event that I am unable to do so, at least one of my loved ones would be able to follow that SOP instead. In the event of my own death, the SOP should also include online accounts and passwords so that they are able to erase me from the face of the digital world if they wish to or if they hope to keep my legacy alive, they are able to edit out content they do not feel comfortable with.

Those are my big three commitments right now that I absolutely cannot compromise. I have many other various commitments but for now, I need to make damn sure that I know where my main responsibilities lie.

And Allah knows best. – MM

Author: Metropolitan Muslimah

Born 1989. Female. Metropolitan Muslimah. Songstress. Teacher in the Early Childhood Care and Education sector in Singapore. Gooner since the signing of Mesut Özil on 2 September 2013. We won two back-to-back FA Cups since. Made my first trip to the Emirates on 10 May 2015 followed by my first home game against Swansea City on 11 May 2015, which we lost 0-1.

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