“Be in this world as if you were a stranger or a traveler.” – our beloved Nabi (saw).
Traveling allows you to find yourself and discover who you truly are in ways you would have never imagined. You witness incredible amounts of people, lifestyles, perspectives – and your mind opens. You begin to see the world a little differently. You suddently understand some profound unspoken wisdom.
And you find your Lord (swt). You begin to know Him – and thereby come to know yourself.
Recently, I had a bit of a crazy traveling experience. As I sat in a car driving to an airport after a cancelled flight, being rerouted to a different city, losing my suitcase, and trying to make my flight abroad – I took it as a moment to reflect.
Traveling is an interesting predicament. It teaches you a lot about yourself – your tolerance level, how much patience you have, how long you can sit still – and so on. So many things can go wrong in a split second – which ultimately allows you to reflect on the current state of being that we as human beings are in.
Our lives can change so quickly, and that is a reminder that everything in this life is temporary. This pain you feel, it is fleeting. This difficulty you are going through, it will come to an end. This ache in your heart, it will heal.
Just as we know that the pains of traveling will ultimately come to an end – the pains of this life are as fleeting as well. This moment you are in – it is temporary. It will pass and you will heal with time.
So let us embrace the notion of us being travelers in this life. Always moving, always learning, always growing. Alhamdulillah.