2008 has been quite a happening year, mostly of sweet memories and achievements. And as I look back at what happened during the year, I could say I have been very much satisfied with what I have in my hands right now. Top of the list was the birth of my second daughter Syadiyah Asyura, followed by moving into our new home which is a 5-minutes walking distance to Sengkang MRT station and Compass Point. I don’t think I need to list down every single thing that I have achieved and gained for the past year as I do not want to come across as being a bloody show off. I’m just thankful to Almighty Allah for all the blessings that he has showered upon me and family.
However, since the beginning of the year, I cannot help but think about Death whenever I’m alone and thinking of all the wrongs I’ve done for the past 29 years of my life. Death brings with it eternal goodbyes with you and your loved ones. Death also brings with it the pain of piercings from 300 swords all at once. I look back and think that 30 years have passed by quite fast and that each single second is a step closer to my grave. Every day I will look at the obituaries and see that people pass on in their late 50s and in their 60s. If 60 is the average age of a human being, then as of today, I’m halfway there. Ustaz Noor Tijany once said a human being should be thankful if he can reach 55 years and from then on, he / she has to prepare for life in the Hereafter.
A new year, both in terms of our Gregorian and Hijrah calendars, a new chapter, and I intend to make full use of this blessing to be an even better person, a better husband, a better son, a better father, a better friend, a better brother, a better nephew, a better uncle, a better colleague, not to mention a better servant to HIM than before. God works wonders and I am thankful HE has awoken me from my slumber and showed my failings and shortcomings through instances and events happening to and around me. I have too many flaws, bad habits and vices which most people do not know about and I intend to put it straight, or at least improve on them.
Thank you Allah for adding another year into my life. Thank you for blessing me with a beautiful family, for showering me with all the sustenance and good health, for all the good and the bad that you have given for me to learn and improve in life, to be thankful, to always remember that without YOU, none of these could ever happened.
Today too marks the 3rd year of my wedding anniversary. It should have been my 5th year wedding anniversary had the recession in 2001 not spoilt my plans on settling down when I was 25. But at least I am contented and blessed that I am married to my best friend and my soul mate, someone who knows me inside out even when I sometimes hide things and disguise my thoughts from her. Giving birth to my second daughter has made me loved her even more, even if I always tend to bully her with my jokes and quirky sense of humour. Thank you for being the queen of my heart, other than my mum, my love. May this union go on and on for decades to come. I love you with all my heart…
The past two years, I’ve always loved to upload the video of my wedding dinner entrance and I think it’s kinda stale already. For those of you who haven’t seen it, you can click here to view it. This year, I’m uploading the other song I sang at my wedding dinner, Innuendo‘s “Selamanya“. So I hope you guys would enjoy it, even if my voice resembles a frog croaking. Here’s wishing all of you a good 2009 ahead and may whatever you have planned for the coming year will come to fruition, God willing…