Accelerated.

What is acceleration?

The rate of change of velocity. The amount by which velocity changes in a given period of time.

Suddenly ending up in your final year of high school and having no idea how you got there so fast.

Having to deal with university applications, reference letters, gap years, entrance exams, and four subjects at A2, all at once.

Sitting in class for an entire hour and a half and having the entire lesson just fly off the top of your head.

Seeing friends scatter towards their respective destinies and wondering how on earth they grew up so fast when they were immature little kiddies just a few weeks ago.

Saying goodbye to the city you never wanted to say hello to, then realizing just how painful saying the former has become over a very short time.

Thinking about leaving and farewells in general: packing suitcases and teary airport scenes.

Realizing that you’ll miss the stupidest little things that you never really appreciated until they whizzed away from you.

Standing in the midst of your life’s story not as its protagonist, but as some helpless object frozen in time.

But, most profoundly, acceleration is your perception of the passage of time, and how you choose to respond to it. The truth is, we all feel a little rushed and not in control at times. What makes the difference is how you deal with it.

I for one, am going to keep smiling, and even more so when the world wants me to frown.

I am going to avoid procrastination, and exploit every moment.

I am going to be grateful, and pray, and find my happiness by helping others find theirs.

Or, at the very least, I am going to try.

 

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14 Comments

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14 responses to “Accelerated.

  1. Tahira Afzal

    Where are you going off to, girl?

  2. I’m going to Islamabad in shaa Allah!

  3. EvolvingReflections

    Sad stuff..I’ll miss you. Not that I don’t already.

  4. aleeya

    I love this post! :’D
    dont worry university life is amazing too 😀

  5. MJ

    I am that kind of person that runs away from reading. Was randomly searching when I found a link to your blog. The title sounds catchy and I must say, you are gifted. You really know how to use your words and engage people. Looks like your blog is going to initiate my thinking of reading more and expressing my thoughts. Keep writing and I will keep following 😉 and Welcome to Pakistan. I hope Islamabad treats you well.

    • Thank you very much! I’m deeply moved by your comment — my intention as a blogger was just to ramble about my thoughts. The fact that it’s changing people’s perception about reading is something I never expected! For the record, I am Pakistani, my parents are Karachiites, but I’ve never lived there. Born and raised in Abu Dhabi. Currently reside in Riyadh. Oh, and I’ll be sure to keep writing. Again, thank you 🙂

      • MJ

        You are welcome ! Yeah I know how it feels when you come from the gulf to live in Pakistan. I did that too, and I enjoy it here even more! Just be sure to have good company 🙂

  6. MJ

    “But, most profoundly, acceleration is your perception of the passage of time, and how you choose to respond to it. The truth is, we all feel a little rushed and not in control at times. What makes the difference is how you deal with it.” … Nicely written. I thought I was watching Revenge

  7. ‘Saying goodbye to the city you never wanted to say hello to, then realizing just how painful saying the former has become over a very short time.’

    Love your post. Love how you began it, the roller-coaster of emotions in between, and the positive ending! *thumbs up*

  8. Its true what they say, you never truly value something until you have to say goodbye to it. Happens to all of us. C’est la vie, I suppose. We move on, and Allah has made time a healer. We heal so beautifully that the best of what’s gone by stays with us, making us smile every time we look back.

    Good luck with University, Raweeha! You’re going to love it!

    Much love!

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