Socrates famously said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
We should often self-reflect on our lives after some time. Taking the time for reflection has become a bit of a lost art. Reflecting on ourselves and our past is a healthy and adaptive practice if we do it for learning and knowledge so that we can do things differently and in a better way the next time. Sometimes we are too harsh to ourselves, which we should not. We should forgive ourselves for the shortcomings and mistakes that we have made in the past unknowingly or due to ignorance.
I am having mixed emotions while writing this blog as this fellowship has become part of my life. The past few weeks have been anything but easy. I knew what I’ll be dealing with before I enrolled for the fellowship. But this time was worth it as I learned a lot and made many memories. So much happened in the last 3 months. I felt a lot of emotions throughout my fellowship journey from being distressed due to hectic project work to enormous joy due to interactive sessions. As this roller coaster ride is going to end. I can recall many memories from my fellowship journey.
This fellowship has inculcated in me a positive attitude and lifelong learning, which I will be using in my life after the fellowship. I had a severe procrastination habit (one of my reasons to join Amal fellowship to overcome this habit). I learned how I can ameliorate this habit by ‘The Pomodoro technique’, which really helped me a lot. I would not say that this fellowship has transformed my life and I am a completely new person. But I am not the same person as I was before the fellowship. Writing my first blog, Making my first intro video, Completing courses while waking up at night when everyone else is sleeping (the calmness of night helps you to think creatively), Interactions with fellows in breakout room activities, and meetings with my circle members. These are the memories that I am going to cherish for the rest of my life.
The instances that had the most impact on me were, whenever I have spoken up about something and shared my two cents on something in the session. The encouragement that I got from everyone in the fellowship is mesmerizing, especially from Sir Saad Irfan (our Project Manager) and Ma’am Fizza Khalid (our Project Associate). They were the biggest source of motivation and inspiration for me throughout the whole journey of fellowship. Due to their encouragement and constructive feedback, I have gained a lot of confidence and my hesitation to speak and share my views in front of an audience has become diminished. I came to this realization that sometimes you just need a little push of acknowledgment, which motivates you to do wonders.