A few things I learned from snowboarding (2010~now):
It takes a lot of effort to get the shoes on.
It’s easier said than done.
A lot of effort is also needed to get up once you’ve fastened the board to your legs.
You need patience, loads of patience.
Face your fears.
You can’t go too fast, but you can’t go too slow.
Warn those near you if something goes wrong.
If you fall, get up.
And how can you relate it to tarbiyyah?
Yes. Who said putting your shoes on were easy? That’s a lie! Speaking through experience, the shoes are soo tight, and big, you can’t even walk properly! My first few attempts (2010) on putting them on by myself was a total failure. Honestly, if you don’t have experience, it’s best to get others’ help. In my case, I asked my seniors. It’s the same in tarbiyyah. You can’t start alone. You need someone to guide you, and support you. Some can start on their own, but it won’t last long. Without guidance from an experienced person or a manual, or a teacher, to push you and to help you start, the process will take ages to begin. Changes begin with you, me, and we.
It’s easier said than done. Don’t think it’s easy to do something unless you’ve actually tried it and succeeded. In gaining knowledge or even in daily activities, it’s easy for us to criticize people, and to comment on their faults. But dears, try to put yourself in their shoes. Try doing it first, and feel the difficulties they face. Then and there, can you actually tell the world what you think of it.
Once you’ve started and readied your gears, you’ve gotta stand up. Do you know how hard it is to get up for a first timer? It took me almost half an hour just to get up! Of course my seniors taught me how to stand, but it ain’t that easy. You’ve got to find your own way to get up. While some have to lie flat on the ground and push themselves up, some have to stick their boards into the snow, and some just hold on to the board with one hand and push the ground with the other. Even though some say it’s easy to change their personalities, it differs for each one. It’s not easy to make a change but, everyone must find their own way. Their own unique way, one that they’re comfortable with to follow, and don’t mind what others say. As long as you’re able to get yourself up, then keep using it.
Sabr. And perseverance. Despite the difficulties, never ever give up. Like the saying goes, “Ifthispathis short and simple, there would bemanywho are with you.BUTthis road is a long anddifficultroadthatends with benefitsnever seenby the eyes,neverheard by the ears, never thought by the mind.So, it is only those who really strive for it deserve to gain the rewards.” Where do we stand guys? Where do we stand?
Honestly, I’m an acrophobic, really1000x afraid of heights. But I love the snow, and I love the speed. Every time I get on the ski lift to get to the peak, it’s always a struggle. I’d think twice before getting on (I once waited for an hour for a friend to accompany me) and despite being on it for like a hundred times, I’m still afraid. Yes, I’m scared. But if don’t face our fears, we don’t face the world, and face reality, we’ll never get to taste the pleasures it’ll give you. The same in making changes to yourself, gaining knowledge and preaching the truth. Think of the wonders you’ll discover and the benefits you’ll gain.
Once your up on your feet, and going down the hill, you’ve gotta control your speed. You can’t go too fast, for you’ll fall flat on your face, and go tumblin’ down. But, if you go too slow, you’ll endanger those around you, or you might not be able to catch up with your friends. So go moderately, but don’t stop in the middle and don’t leave others behind. In tarbiyyah, don’t run too fast, for you’ll leave others behind and it might lead to laziness and delay in your work, even if you’ve been consistent and committed in it before. Remember that this isn’t just a one time thing, but it’s a passion, it’s a responsibility that we must undertake.
If your board slides away from you and start sliding on its own, warn others. If you fall down and can’t get up, warn others. Warn others so that they don’t tumble onto you, so that they too don’t get hurt. It’s dangerous because others will get affected too. In tarbiyyah, we must warn others of the troubles we just caused so that they can prepare for the impact, so that they can help you, and can help figure out a way to get through it together. Bear in mind that a group doesn’t need you as badly as you need a group.
Yes, even if you’re a pro, there’ll be times when you’ll fall. In fact, every one falls. It just depends on how fast you get up. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, but just get up. If you decided to stop cursing and managed to go on for a week, but suddenly slipped, think and reflect. “Syaitan makes you think there’s no hope for you so you won’t get up on your feet again.”-Syeikh Mufti Menk. So, get up!
Yes, enjoy. Enjoy the things you do. Every thing that is good doesn’t always have to be something serious. There’s no harm in enjoying and having fun in the things you love and really need in life. Just get out there and have a blast!
Seriously, between making the changes in life and playing winter sports, they’re both fun and exciting. You just gotta want it more so that the pains won’t scare you off ^______^