A Prelude

It’s less than 30 days till I embark on the craziest adventure I’ve ever taken. I’m nervous, excited and feeling pretty overwhelmed as of now. So many things to do but there’s nothing I can do now.

People ask me why I decided to do this trip alone. I often ask myself the same question as well. Every time I make a decision, I make sure my intentions are clear so that I don’t do it for the wrong reasons.

I’ve been told not to run away – never take travel as a means of running away from the life you have back home. Never take it as a way for you to escape the problems you’re facing. To travel is to learn, and dive into a world unknown.

I have plenty of reasons to escape this place I call home, but I shall not discredit my intentions for travel. I genuinely want to see the world, on my own. I really want to experience the Moroccan souqs and see The Alhambra. I want to taste the Parisian air and take a jump shot next to the Eiffel Tower. I want to touch and feel the remnants of the Berlin Wall. I don’t have a bigger reason for wanting to do all these, all I know is that I really want to do them.

I’ve learnt many things about myself since I graduated one and a half years ago. The three years in university flew by too quickly, I couldn’t sit down and breathe. I went right into my first job a month after I graduated. I was too eager to start earning my own income. I was too quick to decide on what’s best for me. I just wanted to move on to the next stage of my life.

Why, you may ask, was I adamant on moving to the next stage of my life? I really can’t give an answer either.

I’ve since learnt to relax and accept whatever that comes my way. I know that upon my return from this trip, I will be a different person. Inshallah, I will be a better person – as a Muslim, a daughter, a sister and a photographer.

As much as I will return home broke, jobless and pieces of my heart being left in all the places I will be heading to, I trust God that He has other plans for me. I trust that I do not need what I don’t have now, and what I have is all I need.

I can’t promise a proper travelogue. I’m such an introvert that I really filter what I choose to share with the world. (Yes, believe me, I AM an introvert.) but of course, I will guarantee you there will be photos!

PS: Although a 85mm f/s 1.8 would be nice.

PPS: Okay fine. I don’t need that now.

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4 thoughts on “A Prelude

  1. (Please ignore the previous comment. I wasn’t done yet and I guess I somehow hit enter!)

    I came across your blog when I googled for…some restaurant. You had reviewed it. I forget what it was but since then I’ve sort of been checking in on and off. I was happy to see a new post and happier to see that it is about travel and not just plain ol’ travel, but solo travel. I am a keen proponent of solo travel; I’ve done a fair bit of it myself and am about to embark on yet another solo journey next week. My first solo journey was accidental, but I had so much fun discovering myself on that journey that I now do not travel any other way. In fact, I get the heebie-jeebies at the thought of travelling with people!

    I just wanted to say: whatever your reasons are for wanting to travel alone, as long as you are at peace with them and they would not lead you astray from the Straight Path, there is no need to explain them to anyone. That is my philosophy for everything that I do in this life – as long as it is not harmful to myself and others, as long as it doesn’t diminish my Muslimness, I can do it, and I will.

    Best of luck, be not afraid, and take a million photos.
    xx

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