By Yohanna Abdullah
It is 19 minutes past 5 pm and I am aware that I need to post something on this mentallyblessed.blog before I leave at 6 pm. I will meet my friends from Club HEAL and we will be travelling for five days and four nights to Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia with pit stops at Johor Bahru and Malacca.
Indeed it promises to be a back to basics living in a kampung house. We will learn to slaughter chicken to cook into rendang chicken and we will learn how to make lemang, a glutinous rice cake baked in bamboo. The highlight of the trip will be playing in the waterfall near the kampung in Rembau.
I look forward to having extraordinary fun every day. Often, the highlight of the day is being with friends, new and old and getting acquainted with their joys and sorrows. Last week a dear friend passed away at the age of 50. We were close in college and kept in touch rarely as we aged and each have our families and vocations to care for and grow with. Last year one friend from college also passed away at a similar age. We can expect many more deaths amongst our peers as we all approach the golden years.
I remember talking about death with my daughter Ayesha, 21 when she was just 19 years old. She said, “I am not afraid of dying. I am afraid of not living.” I think we will die with regrets if we did no live a full and purposeful life. Life is a beautiful gift from God, cherish it and make the best you can of this GIFT.