Done and Dusted

Guess who just finished her last remaining exam for 2010?

That's right, moi! 

I feel like a brand new person. No more exams, no more assignments, no more reports. My academic year is done and dusted. It's not that I don't like studying but I feel a great sense of relief at the moment. The world is my wonderland for the next few months. I only had 2 hours of sleep last night so I came home straight after my morning exam and it's amazing the things that you notice when your mind is in a clearer state because the moment I arrived home I was in awe of the view that I saw in my backyard. 

What I love most about living in New Zealand is the crisp and clean air that's so refreshing it's almost intoxicating. And I love opening my door to find a field of cheerful daisies growing in my very own lawn. I'm happy. I just am. 

A few weeks ago a girl interviewed me for her research about the Muslim community in Dunedin. She mentioned coming across my blog prior to meeting me and one of the questions she asked was, "How do you do it all?". She was referring to me being a student, the female president of the MSA and not forgetting a blogger (albeit not a very good one lately) all at once. Honestly, I don't know! All I know is there are always  things that need to get done and I'm always pushing myself sometimes to the point of exhaustion. Despite realising that I only push myself even further and by the end of the last week I was just so tired of it all. 

Tired of the stress, tired of all the dramas surrounding the people in my life. I felt like I was losing myself - that fire was gone, there wasn't even a spark. Then I received an e-mail that truly humbled me. It was from a complete stranger who happened to be one of my blog readers. The fact that she took a few minutes out of her day simply to convey words of kindness to a person whom she had never met really touched me. Thank you, Nur, for your lovely email. You say that I've inspired you so you should know that you've inspired me too. And thank you to everyone else who emailed me recently, inshaAllah I will start replying you all soon.

This sleepy and exhausted girl is off for now. Good night! 


RS said…
that's WONDERFUL!!!

All the best to your exam results. Btw, so envious of you living in NZ. Must be an amazing experience. Are living standards expensive there?

Want to cuti there!
Aisha said…
yipeee! sleep girl, sleep!!

Mona Zenhom said…
Gorgeous pics!! Enjoy your freedom, inshaAllah.
Feda said…
congrats girl!! LOVE the pictures, that's so awesome to wake up to those fields outside your house. I've wanted to visit New Zealand ever since I watched lord of the rings. The imagery seems so fantastical. Do you get overwhelmed everyday or do you just get used to the beauty?
Smart CoOKie said…
Congrats, I'm happy for you :)
-Amina said…
It is such a relief waking up and not thinking of the next exam. I got up early this morning and felt like a heavy weight was lifted off my shoulders.
Yay for us!! See you in a few days isA! =)
b.p. said…
COngrats on finishing your exams! I know the is like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. Mashallah your backyard is beautiful! May allah put rahma in all your future endeavors! Ameen
Shahirah Elaiza said…
RS: Thank you! Well it depends on which part of NZ you live in. In bigger cities in the North Island such Wellington and Auckland, it can get pricey but in the South Island it's pretty sweet. I'm a big city girl and I always will be but living in NZ has taught me how to appreciate the simple pleasures of life.

L&S: Yaaaayuuhhh!=D Thank you. Rest? Pffft. I don't know how to rest! Someone teach me please.

Aisha: Yessss, I shall be sleeping like a baby for the next few months =) *hugs right backatcha*

Mona Z: InshaAllah, thank you!

Feda: Thanks hun. I take it forgranted sometimes but everytime we take a drive into the suburbs or hop onto a plane I fall in love with NZ all over again. NZ is definitely a country you should visit if you love being surrounded by nature.

Smart Cookie: Aww shukran hun. You know what it's like to have so much going on with studies!

Amina: I know, and you kept saying "In 14 days, we'll be done", "In 1 week I'll be back home again"... well we made it!!!! =D =D Can't wait to have you back.

.hopeful.: My backyard doesn't always look like this. It's the warm weather that's making all these cute daisies pop out everywhere! Thank you for the du'a. Ameen =)