When It's Time, It's Time...

“It's time to start living the life you've imagined.”
                                                                                                                         - Henry James

In one's life, there will always come a time when, after having done what you wanted to do in life, you tell yourself, it’s time to do things for those around you, the ones you love, the ones who stood by you in your quest to do whatever it is that you wanted to do.

In the deepest of our conscience, we always knew that ‘that’ day would come. To some, it comes earlier; to others, it comes at a much later date.

But the bottom-line is it would inevitably come.

Mine has.

For 40 years, I did what I wanted to do. And despite the reservations voiced out by the people I love for some of the things I did, they nevertheless allowed me - even helped and encouraged me in the process - to pursue the things I wanted and fancied.

When I joined the corporate world, I always had this vision that I would retire at 40, with the hope that I have accomplished everything I set out to do. Yes, perhaps it sounds idealistic, but I have always believed in myself and the things I could accomplish if I set my mind - and my heart – to achieving them.

With the blessings of the almighty, and the continuous support of my loved ones, I could truly say I have accomplished most of the things I set out to do. Oh, of course, there are misses here and there, but generally, if I were to look back in retrospect of the things I have done and accomplished, I can truthfully say that I have done good, great even.

Outside my career, I have always believed in certain stuff, ranging from causes to hobbies to political thoughts, and what not. Anyone who knows me well could vouch for my steadfastness - and at times, stubbornness - in pursuing the ideals that I chose to live my life by. This is a product of how we were brought up, where my parents taught us to fight for the things we believe in, provided it doesn't go against the principles of Islam.

And for years, I stood by what I believed in, rightfully or otherwise. And these resolute beliefs and stances on numerous subjects helped me become who I am today.

And who I am today is someone who has chosen to live a life whose priorities are the people he loves, the ones who firmly stood byhim in those times when idealism was what fueled his very existence.

Today, it's all about them.


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