I still remember the night of December 31st, 2009.
I was with my sister and some friends celebrating all night, eating, making fools of ourselves, playing games.
It feels like it was only yesterday.
Time passed by, too fast.
As I put this year in retrospect, I see that I have emerged in to a different young man.
2010 was a year of growth. 2010 was a year of experience. 2010 was a year of change. 2010 was a year, that I will never forget.
I wish I documented it all, but for some reason, once I began to TRULY change- I stopped my journal entries. My last entry was on March 18th, 2010, and the last sentence read: "What if I don't want this to be my destiny?"
It's as if that night of March 18th was when I changed, as if I felt something THAT night, felt an urge for wisdom, maturity, change. This feeling of urgency, that I don't remember, but have my journal to remember it for me.
EXACTLY ONE MONTH later, I started this blog, Truth from a Teen, on April 18th, 2010. I began to develop strong opinions and a will to strive for my voice, and therefore my teacher recommended I start a blog- and thanks to him, I did. This blog has made me realize what I want from this world.
Soon, I decided I would run for President of my school's Student Body. Of course, it was quite a challenge, as it was my freshman year of high school and I was running against two seniors. The decision was a tough one to make - I would either make a fool of myself or make myself known to the entire school.
Thankfully, I won.
The moment I stepped in front of the podium in front of hundreds of students and said my first words of my speech, "Who is Aadil Malik?", everyone to my astonishment began to cheer, jump, yell with astonishment of their own. It was one of the most amazing moments of my life so far.
I went from being a shy, dull kid to a self-confident, willing young man. A will, inspired by something I was too afraid to recognize back then. A will, inspired by time. The aspect of time had baffled me- I had experienced over a dozen deaths, over a dozen car accidents, yet amidst it all, I didn't realize how quick life was going. Every day went by quicker and quicker, more struggles, more experiences, more mistakes to learn from.
Yet, I lived through every moment of it.
This blog has taught me so much about myself and the world I am living in, and the years that make me realize how long I have left to fulfill my will.
2010 was a year that changed who I am, who I want to be, and made me realize that I didn't need to change my destiny on the night of March 18th, but my willpower.
You know, they say a new year means a new beginning.
I just wish this beginning, never ends.
-That's the TFAT. Happy New Year!
I would like to thank some people in particular this New Year:
Thank you, Mama and Daddy, for always giving me support and motivating me to become who I am and who I want to be in the future.
Thank you, Mr. Schneider, for influencing me to create Truth from a Teen.
Thank you, Faisal and Arslan, for being my best friends and keeping me sane.
Thank you, Facebook fans, because without your support I would be lost today.
Thank you, "Fikiriatu" (lol), for your support and the idea to do this blog post.
Thank you, Jacob "Yacoob (lol)"L., Erik, Sidra, Carrie, Jeana, Julia, Ian, Hassan, Ursalla, Uncle Jamal, Amier, Rabia, Umara, Madie, Amina, Megan, Dan, Ahson-- everyone who has showed even an atom's weight of support in what I do.
Thank you, Boonaa Mohammed, Uncle Zia Rahman, Zain Bhikha, and more for your inspiration.
And last, but definitely not least, Thank you, ALLAH, for granting me knowledge when I asked for it, wisdom when I needed it, and experience when I went astray.