Last June of 2022, a milestone was achieved. After three decades of living, I realized that life is a journey. It has been a road full of ups and downs, twists and turns, and lessons learned. As I sat down to enjoy a simple dinner, a thought struck me – I should share my personal journey of the last 30 years, and the lessons I have learned about health, wealth, and relationships. I have gained many things and lost a few, but every experience has taught me valuable lessons that I believe can benefit others. And so, with a heart full of gratitude and a desire to pay it forward, I invite you to join me on this journey of discovery, reflection, and growth.
Let me tell you a story about my health journey. When I was a baby, there was a rare skin disease going around that made people really itchy and want to peel off their skin. Unfortunately, I caught it too. And one day, while I was taking a bath, I accidentally swallowed some water. Ever since then, my lips have been a little purple. I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t get enough oxygen or because of the medicine I took for a fever that made my liver feel fuzzy. Later on, I found out that the medicine was actually meant for a different sickness called typhoid, not for a regular fever! As a result, I have experienced a range of health issues such as liver inflammation, digestive troubles, skin concerns, allergies, and irritable bowel syndrome (which is now under better control). Here are a few things I’ve learned throughout my 30 years of dealing with these health challenges.
1- The Dangers of Antibiotics:
If antibiotics are not prescribed properly, they can be very dangerous. For example, I was given antibiotics for typhoid when I actually just had a regular fever. Conventional medicines can have severe side effects that may affect you for the rest of your life.
2- The Importance of Finding a Specialist:
It’s important to seek the advice of a specialist when it comes to your health. Avoid going to local clinics and instead find a doctor who specializes in the specific area you’re dealing with. This can ensure that you receive the best possible care and treatment.
3- Why Internal Health is Key:
Simply treating the external symptoms of acne with expensive cosmetic products may not be enough. In order to truly clear your skin, it’s important to focus on improving your internal health. By addressing the root cause of your acne, you can achieve long-lasting results.
4- Smile Brighter, Live Healthier:
Oral hygiene isn’t just about having a bright smile – it can actually save your life. Regular cleaning and flossing can prevent gum disease, which has been linked to a range of serious health issues. By prioritizing your oral health, you can improve your overall well-being.
Your gut and brain are constantly communicating, and gut issues can have a significant impact on your mental health. Studies have shown that conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and leaky gut syndrome can lead to anxiety and depression. Taking care of your gut health can help alleviate these symptoms and improve your overall well-being.
7- Hidden Intolerances:
Many people suffer from intolerances to wheat and lactose without even realizing it. Symptoms such as bloating, cramping, and indigestion can be signs of an intolerance to these foods. It’s important to be aware of the possibility of intolerance and to get tested if you suspect that it might be affecting your health.
8- Fasting: A Lifesaver:
When I was a young boy, my father made a bold decision. He turned down a job at a prominent steel mill and instead started his own sign-making business. His entrepreneurial spirit inspired me greatly, and when he passed away during my teenage years, it awakened something inside me. I knew I wanted to follow in his footsteps and pursue a life in the business. Although I spent a few years working in a call center, my heart was always set on becoming an entrepreneur like my father before me. Here are a few points I have learned about wealth so far.
1- Gold is the Ultimate Currency:
Gold has been a highly valued precious metal for centuries and is still considered the ultimate currency by many. Owning gold can provide a hedge against inflation and provide stability in times of financial crisis.
2- Fiat Currency is Losing Value Over Time:
Fiat currency, which is not backed by a physical commodity such as gold or silver, is losing value over time due to inflation. Inflation occurs when the supply of money in circulation increases faster than the supply of goods and services. As a result, the purchasing power of fiat currency decreases, meaning that the same amount of money can buy fewer goods and services.
3- Real Estate is Still One of the Best Investments:
According to Robert Kiyosaki, real estate is still one of the best investments one can make. He believes that real estate investing is a proven way to build wealth, generate passive income, and achieve financial freedom. Kiyosaki advocates for buying income-generating properties that can provide a steady stream of cash flow for years to come.
4- The Hybrid Way:
As the world moves towards a more sustainable future, hybrid or fully electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular. With advancements in battery technology, range anxiety is becoming less of a concern, and the cost of owning an EV is decreasing. As more countries introduce policies to phase out gas-powered cars, investing in a hybrid or EV is a smart choice for both the environment and your wallet in the long run.
5- Make Your Own Electricity:
As renewable energy sources gain popularity, more and more households are turning to solar energy to meet their electricity needs. Going solar not only helps reduce your carbon footprint, but it can also save you money on your electricity bills in the long run. Additionally, installing solar panels on your property can increase its resale value and make it a more attractive investment. With various government incentives and financing options available, going solar is becoming an increasingly accessible and practical option for homeowners.
6- Don’t Overspend on Online Sales Except for Books: ):
Online sales can be a tempting trap for shopaholics, but remember, you don’t want to end up with a house full of unnecessary stuff that you bought just because it was on sale. Except for books, of course – because who doesn’t need another bookcase to store their ever-growing collection of unread books? Just don’t forget to read them before buying more!
I came across a book called “Reclaim Your Heart” by Yasmin Mogahid that discusses heartbreaks from a religious perspective. It made me realize that not everything that we want is good for us, and sometimes we might demand something from ALLAH that is not suitable for us. We often seek immediate pleasure, but what ALLAH has blessed us with is meant to last forever. Here are a few points that I have learned so far in 30 years.
1- Family Matters:
Research has shown that strong family relationships have numerous positive effects on individuals, including better mental health, lower stress levels, and increased resilience. Close family ties have also been linked to improved physical health and longer lifespans. Furthermore, family support and communication have been found to be essential in promoting the healthy development of children, as well as aiding in their academic success and social skills. Overall, research suggests that investing in family relationships can lead to significant long-term benefits for individuals and their communities.
“And one of His signs is that He created for you spouses from among yourselves so that you may find comfort in them. And He has placed between you love and mercy. Surely, in this are signs for people who reflect.” (Surah Ar-Rum, 30:21)
Nikah has been associated with several physical and emotional health benefits. Studies suggest that married individuals have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and other chronic conditions.
Research suggests that married people are generally happier than unmarried individuals. This may be due to the emotional and social support provided by a spouse, the sense of security and stability in a committed relationship, and the potential for shared experiences and accomplishments. In addition, marriage is associated with better mental and physical health outcomes, as well as a longer life expectancy.
Patience is a crucial factor in sustaining a healthy and happy marriage. It helps couples navigate through the ups and downs of life, which can be challenging at times. When couples exercise patience, it allows them to communicate more effectively, understand each other’s perspectives, and avoid conflicts. Patience also provides physical benefits such as reduced stress levels, which can lead to better overall health. Moreover, it promotes mental well-being by fostering a positive outlook and emotional resilience, which are essential in maintaining a strong and long-lasting marriage.