Everything Changes

Have you ever lived life without thinking about life? You take one day at a time and everything seems fine until you realise something you had not realised before. 

I don't know why I'm telling you this but perhaps a part of me believes it will help make a difference in someone's day. I woke up at 4.30 am last night with an epiphany.

What is an epiphany? Some definitions include:

e·piph·a·ny [ih-pif-uh-nee]
a. A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.
b. A comprehension or perception of reality by means of a sudden intuitive realization: "I experienced an epiphany, a spiritual flash that would change the way I viewed myself." (Frank Maier)

Personally, I would define an epiphany as a moment of clarity.

Over the last year or so I was starting to feel as if my sense of clarity was waning. What does one do when that happens? I didn't know so I moved on with life as if everything was okay because in general, everything is okay. Alhamdulillah. I took one day at a time and everything seemed fine until I realised something I had not realised before. At 4.30 am on 23rd September 2013, I had an epiphany; a moment of clarity:

One of the hardest things to do in this world is to be someone that you're not. 

To deny something you feel. To ignore your reality. To not live your purpose.

An epiphany is a moment when everything changes because your whole being is so affected by this thought or realisation that you simply can't ignore it. Alright, back to the sentence in the image: "Everything changes when you realise..."

Can you think of a life-changing moment?

Here are some examples. Everything changes when you realise...You're in love. Life is temporary. You're pregnant. You're happy. You need to prioritise. Your job sucks. You want to be a better person. You don't really want to be with the person you married. You're angry at God. Life doesn't have to be as complicated as it is right now. You've found contentment. You're ready.

Okay, not all at once! That would be crazy but you get my drift?

My personal addition: Everything changes when you realise everything changes.

So can you think of a life-changing moment? And more importantly, what happened next? What did you do about it?


Gary said…
My main epiphany came when, unlike my brother and sister, my faith gave me the comfort to accept that, after their deaths, my parents were somewhere else now, and that life does have to go on without them. Just how that life goes on is entirely up to me now.
The Black Jubah said…
Mine came when Allah guided me out of hibernation to being an honorable person, even though I was born Muslim.
Laila said…
Good post, it makes you think and refelct.

Personaly, I can't think about something that has changed my life in a drastic way, I think, for me changes happend gradually and very often. I do have those moments when I realise I have to change something in me, I have to become somone better, those moments exist in evryone's lives.

ᖇᗩE said…
This is so true.

I agree with Laila, changes happened gradually.

When we try resetting our whole life/big changes all at once, it will never worked. It's the tiny little steps forward that make the difference.

I read once that change is good. But only if you embrace it. Change is a chance to stop doing what’s not working, start doing things that would work better, and keep doing the things that work well.
Sarah Zulkifli said…
keep on awesome writing :)