I recently decided to make my personal fitness a priority in my life. When I did that... things changed. I'm at a critical, life-changing stage of my life. Some doors are closing (those of you who know me know what I'm talking about) and I'm looking ahead at one more semester of school that I can really, for the first time, focus on entirely.
And while I've been on winter break for a couple weeks, what should I do with my time? I decided to make fitness a priority, like I said. It's not that it wasn't important before... it just ranked somewhere below religion, school, and work. So, if I can say, it earned a recent promotion. And what a change! I joined a gym and hired a personal trainer--and the pain in my legs at the moment is testimony to the fact that I'm working on this particular goal harder than I ever have in my life.
I decided that it was important, that it was possible, and now I've started making progress. Joining the gym was one thing, but I think with the trainer I think I'll be able to have even more success with motivation and encouragement, so I'm really optimistic about my results as well.
On the other hand, I'm looking at the suffering in Gaza and wonder when we, as Muslims, are going to make it a priority to take care of our brothers and sisters. Is signing a petition making Gaza a priority? Donating a few dollars to a charity? Writing to Congressmen? Attending a protest? Maybe it is, but I don't think so.