Alina Nasir, Lahore

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“When I sat down to write this, all I kept thinking about was how I had to pen down something extraordinary and inspirational. After a while, it hit me; I don’t have to make up something if I don’t have anything. All I have to do is tell my story, no matter how ordinary it might be. My life has been pretty average. I have no special achievements I can boast of. However, if there is one thing that I pride myself on; its finding myself. I spent most of my adolescence feeling lost and out of sorts. Being the youngest in my family, I always felt extremely overshadowed by three brilliant sisters. Whatever I did never seemed to measure up. My parents have always been extremely supportive of all my choices, but I was still deeply unhappy. It wasn’t until about a year into my university life that I began to find out who I really was, and what I wanted with life. I stopped painting pictures of how it should be in my head, and began to live life as it came. This helped me find my forte. I began to write, the only thing I felt I was good at. Another thing I started doing was looking for work. Although I’m still studying, I’ve realized how much better I am at working in practical life, than I ever was at academics. This helped me gain confidence in myself, and now I am a much happier person. I am not the only person who feels that way; most of my generation seems to be just as adrift as I was. Putting on one face after the other, looking for one that fits. I am so glad to have found mine. It may not lead me to great financial success or even fame, but it has lead me towards a happy life, and I think at the end of the day, that is the only
thing that matters.” – Alina Nasir, Lahore

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