I use to want to change myself. I use to feel insecure about my inability to be as free and outspoken as others. I use to write in my journals declarations of the new me. I convinced myself that one day I would be so free that people would look up to me. I was young and full of hope, but the problem I had was I thought I had a problem in the first place. I hated that I was so serious and so sensitive. I hated that I wouldn’t share my inner thoughts in a discussion. I really didn’t want to be myself because I thought it was something wrong with me. I wanted to be free of that burden. Once I started accepting myself, I stopped seeing the negative parts of my personality. I stopped trying so hard to change myself. I became free once I decided that I didn’t have to be a certain way to add value.
Ramadan Kareem is similar to Christmas for Muslims. Minus the Santa Clause, celebrating Jesus’s birth, and giving gifts. Okay, maybe it’s nothing like Christmas, but it relates to Christmas because it is a time when people spend time with their families, give to the poor, and try to be a better person. The purpose is to fast for 30 days as an expression of their devotion to Allah. They fast from sun up to sun down. So depending on where you are in the world hours that you are fasting can be longer or shorter.
My vacation time in Barbados has come to an end, but I really enjoyed myself. I did several things – like visited Harrison’s cave, went to town, had a coconut and milk snow cone for this first time. I had a good time, but here are my favorite things I did. Maybe you are thinking about going and can check these things out as well.
My cousin Danielle’s late grandfather was born in Barbados and moved to the US at some point. He married Danielle’s grandmother and had 3 children, one of which is Danielle’s mom. Danielle’s aunt- Aunt Bev has been coming to Barbados to search for their family. We decided to take a break from eating and going to the beach and continue the search for her family. Read More