“And be not like those who have forgot Allah, so He made them forget themselves…”[Qur’an 59:19]
What does it mean to be the best version of yourself? A question that we all ponder upon. As she struggled to find the best version of herself, she forgot the one who has already made her best. Though she did her very best to be a good human being, a good friend, a good sister with a good and positive attitude; there were moments when weakness hovers over her. All she needed was to remember Allah and He will make her among those who remember themselves.
Ever wondered how it felt to be the best version of yourself? Ever felt like no matter what you did you weren’t your best yet? That is okay, because to be the best version of yourself is to accept who you are, flaws and all. Looking in the mirror she pondered on the idea of being the best. Then it came to her that she is best when she is being herself. “I am who I am when I am myself!” a ringing quote in every moment of her day. She may have just searched high and low to find out how to be the best version of herself but forgot to recognize it when she was being her best.
First and foremost is to remember you are your best when you have love for yourself for the sake of Allah. Allah created you and He, The All-knowing has already blessed you with all your needs and wants. Yet we are always told with the right Dua you can always change the things in your life. She never stopped praying and making Dua because Dua has the power to change a life, a situation, an outlook and even the fate. As a believer she knew it is the most potent weapon that she has against the world. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) passed by a people who were suffering from some affliction. “Why don’t they make dua (prayer) to Allah for protection?” he (peace be upon him) said.
Remembering your purpose is a great start to finding your best version. It may take time to achieve this but we are not at lose as Allah will always show the right path to those seeking it. She started by recognizing that the best version of herself already existed deep within; she just needed to remember that it should be her version of being her very best and not anybody else’s. She needed to recognize that she was only required to be the best for Allah.
There’s no secret, no miracle or trick to being your best version, you just have to believe that you are good for you and you will be better for Allah. Acknowledge the idea that all you have to do is follow the guidelines given to you by the one who created you because He knows you better than you know yourself. Stop trying to find out what others define best; just look within and follow your heart.
With time she learned to celebrate the small achievements in her life, she started to embrace the flaws and in due time she had the blessing to appreciate what gave her motivation to succeed in this life and the next. Knowing that she is her best when those around her no longer defined her was a mere win. She focused more on her Dua as she asked for all of her needs from The Most Merciful, Most Gracious; those related to this world as well as those related to the Hereafter.
You don’t need to search far to find your best version; just remember Allah and He will show you the way.