As this Ramadan ends, I thought I would have a lot to say. But maybe not as much as I first thought.
Fasting has an interesting effect on the body and the mind. I can only truly speak for myself, but I know of what it does to me and others: violent mood swings, fatigue comes extremely quickly, your discipline and stamina are stretched to its limits. And inevitably, the sun sets and you can replenish yourself, you spend time with loved ones. Even with the Holy Month, this is a luxury that is sometimes taken for granted.
In particular, being born and raised in the richest country on the planet, in a middle class lifestyle on my worst days, I’ve never truly had to worry about food or shelter. I’ve always had several options on the two most basic human needs. In terms of community, and being a part of a group, in that regard too, I have never really known of a time where there wasn’t someone I could call ‘family’, whether that was by blood relation or friendship. I certainly take pride in being the Dark Knight, and my big brother gene enjoys poking people with a stick from time to time just for fun, but anyone paying any kind of attention knows that I have a deep affection for the Jayhawks, and Kansas City, and black women and all things in between if at the same time my actions show you that I’m not really the man who’s interested in ‘carrying the flag’ and wearing the ‘number one fan’ cap (more often than not because I see others who WANT to carry that flag, and desire goes a long way in the roles we play in life).
In this month, we try to wipe our slates clean from the sins we’ve committed. If I have done wrong to you, or done wrong by you, I sincerely apologize. As arrogant as I know I am, and as much of a perfectionist as I know I am, I recognize that I’ll never be perfect, and in some form or fashion, I will always be dependent on others. That’s what makes me (and you) human.
Truth be told, I still have a lot on my mind. (smiling) But whether it’s maturity, or peace of mind, or knowing I’m going to work out, and drink coffee, and eat lunch again tomorrow, for now I’m done talking and just want to ‘do’.
Detroit, give the people their water back.
Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim brothers and sisters spread all over the globe.
All praise is due to Allah. Only the mistakes have been mine.