I have been really trying to find myself this past year. I spent all of my life being exactly who my parents wanted me to be, that I forgot to have an identity of my own. In my searching, I found that I was very curious about the Muslim faith and this brought me into the inner circle of Calgary’s Pakistani community.
I was welcomed, as both as a lost person and as a person wanting to know more about their faith. I trusted these people and I tried to help them. I helped one young man with his class 7 driving test and we became fast friends. He is the best friend I have ever had in my life because he was not handpicked for me by my parents.
One of my favorite hangouts quickly became Halal Pakistani Restaurant. It has great food and great people. I am growing stronger in my Muslim faith, thanks to my friends. It is so refreshing to find people that love me and accept me for who I am and they do not care about my status or where I came from.