Throughout the past few years, I've been having discussions about periods with many women in my life. Their experiences (which sadly have mostly been negative) have inspired me to write this piece. By doing so, I’d like to shed light on things I wish I’d learned earlier as a dude to spare them some of the gratuitous suffering.
In a life that inevitably spins out of control, it brings my heart so much tranquility knowing that I have an immutable constant—my daily salah. My prayers ground me; they put me at peace; and they help me manage my anxiety. Although many of us struggle with praying regularly in general, it still is practically easy to do when we're in the comfort of our homes. The challenge here is more on the spiritual/religious side than anything else. When it comes to praying outside, however, that challenge is compounded by practicality.
Today, Ola Farouk will have made it for half a century in this world. Still, she looks 15 years younger and has the spirit of a 25-year-old. I wanted to make this day very special for her, but we’re 6,894 miles apart. So I figured, why not dedicate a blog post to her beautiful soul!