“Don’t just exist, live!” I believe in this saying so much that I have been living for eighteen whole years at a stretch. As George Bernard Shaw once said, “You see things and you say ‘Why?’ and I dream things that never were, and I say ‘why not?’
If you take Mrs. Winterbourne (minus the weight), Racheal Leigh Cook from She’s All That and the Nanny from the book Nanny Diaries and mix the three in a magical broth, you might end up with me….well somewhat.
Change comes naturally to me. I am always evaluating and reevaluating myself. Apart from my morals, ethics and the people whose lives are closely knit to mine, everything else about me is variable. I don’t think there is anything wise about making up your mind on things you know so little about and as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “ A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines ”. Though he used the statement to urge nonconformists, I am using it in a comparatively venial and narrow sense.
I am a good listener and it has somehow increased my knowledge exponentially. I never squander good advice and will use it at least once. I love re-inventing myself; let it be a new makeup look or a different wardrobe but this is just to satisfy my creative juices and has no bearing on my self-esteem.
I love humor since it works like Vaseline on dry skin. My New Year’s resolution was to make one good joke (Clean!).I believe that smile is the second most effective painkiller after Tylenol (Forte) and if I can’t make people around me joyous and ultra comfortable, I’d consider it a personal failure.
A reason for my happiness nevertheless has to be a very strong and supportive family. My grandparents (from father and mother’s side) are my single most source of inspiration and if I can have less than half of their values, knowledge and virtues then I would feel accomplished. I have friends who complain that they don’t have siblings to give them company and I tell them “You are missing nothing!?!” I love and am scared of my siblings and pray that they do something constructive with their unsuppressed and inexhaustible energy. I am sure they are ranked highly in the survey of, “MOST CONTRIBUTION TO NOISE POLLUTION”
My life is not all that idealistic, but whose is! I am very proud of my resilience. Actually I have completely defied the theory of Elastic Collisions since I end up bouncing back a little farther than from where I started off. I have never been afraid of making mistakes and as the saying goes, “Only those who do nothing make no mistakes!” Every person I have met has taught me something valuable about life and every time I didn’t win a contest I made sure I register next day for the one being held next year. “Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want,” and this experience need not show out in the form of trophies, it reflects in us and before we recognize it we are already overwhelmed or altered by its effect.
I am neither a paradox nor a mystery waiting to be unfolded. I don’t follow any strict regimen or have a specialized diet. There is nothing wrong with my neighbors. I love Media, Fashion and if TV is the sun I am the sunflower. I am not a fatalist, since I don’t believe that God created dummies, I feel we all possess the power to change our destinies. And Yes! I am a patriot.
Presently, I am cruising in life, comfortable with the fact that I can maintain the high standards that I have set for myself and am coming closer to my goal everyday.
However I know that everyone has to taste the bitter and unavoidable taste of disappointment and I am realistic enough to apply the brakes shall the need arise, redefine my goals(for the better) and then make all efforts to achieve them.
Now a little abt my interests:I personally feel that Conservation of our flora and fauna is a very serious issue and that is why I am a member of WWF Pakistan, which is working towards preserving nature in Pakistan. I have gone to Beach Clean Ups and Audio Visual Conferences organized by them. I am also a member of the Conservation Society in School and took part in all the schemes and plans put forth to contribute towards our environment. I am currently a representative of WWF-Pakistan in school and will organize field trips and other seminars to arouse student’s interest in our natural environment.
I am a strong advocate of youth. If the youth of the world comes together, you can expect the unexpected, as Eleanor Roosevelt so beautifully states, “ The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”. For this purpose I am editor and writer at Taking IT Global (with my contributions at www.youngpress.com) . Taking IT Global or Young Press is an organization committed unequivocally to youth. I was also a part of the four member team which represented Pakistani Youth in an Audio/Visual Conference on the “Impact of the 9/11 attacks on the youth of the world”. I even assumed the role of a teacher for three months at Aga Khan School in Kharadar (Karachi), conducting English Speaking Classes once a week. I am sure I learned a lot more from them than they did for me. It was a lovely experience.
I am definitely a humanitarian and feel that every drop of water contributes to the sea. Therefore I have tried to help my society a little by being a member of HREP, Helpers Society and Human Rights Society in school Even if I am unable to attend the concert, I still buy the ticket. I have participated in Charity Fairs and conducted two fairs in school for consecutive years.
Literature moves me. Though I can’t divert as much time to reading as I’d love to, I still try to read my Physics and Economics Books as if they were written by Arthur Hailey or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Some books which have truly developed my taste for literature, both contemporary and uncontemporary, classic and fiction are : Gone With The Wind, Pride and Prejudice, Penmarric, A Town Like Alice, The Hound Of Baskervilles, Hotel, Airport ( lots more) and recently The Nanny Diaries.I love magazines, in fact they are my most favorite Past time, I read magazines like The Economist, Hello! And Vanity Fair. I love TV, but am not a gullible viewer since I know that a media policy exists and while we are informed of so much, there is still a lot that we don’t know.
I relish cooking.It allows me to take control and vent my creativity I think Spices and Herbs are similar to colours which can bring colors to a dull and drab pictures.
I have my own dressing code.I have a designers soul locked somewhere inside me and which shows a bit of itself every time I enter a boutique ago to my tailor. I love designing anything from paper,clothes, sashes, shoes, jewelry to the interior of a room. I aspire to be a professional designer, concentrating in interior design and fashion design. Who knows I might end up in an architectural firm because I find it a killer combination of designing, art and science.
I simply adore cosmetics. Nothing gives me more of a challenge; more satisfaction or sense of purpose than to make someone else look more fresh or new. I love make-up, creams and perfumes and am most pleased when my girlfriends ask for my advice and allow me to waste my make-up on them. I think it is most natural for me to always want to buy some product whenever I go out…
I love Sports but not competitive. I was in our school Basketball, Throwball and Table Tennis Team, I am no longer all that competitive. I can watch sports for hours, discuss them and have quite some knowledge, although right now, even my knowledge of sports is not up to the mark. My favourite sports are cricket, tennis and football.
“Don’t just exist, live!” I believe in this saying so much that I have been living for eighteen whole years at a stretch. As George Bernard Shaw once said, “You see things and you say ‘Why?’ and I dream things that never were, and I say ‘why not?’... (more)
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