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A Poetic Speech That Will Make You Think

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A pen a paper and a purpose

A pen a paper and a purpose

What Is the Purpose of This Speech, and Why Am I Writing It?

As part of my routine, I allow myself some time before night to rest and relax. Relaxation improves the ability of the mind to focus. Instead of watching movies on Netflix at night, I normally watch YouTube.

I enjoy watching a variety of YouTube channels. Last night, while viewing YouTube videos, I came across a great speech that made me ponder. It was so profound that it took my breath away. The speech was delivered by Isbah Naseer, a young American-Muslim girl.

In her speech, the girl explored numerous fascinating questions that we frequently ask ourselves, one of which was what is the purpose of my existence, why am I here, and why am I alive.

I searched Google after watching the movie to see if the speech had been written by her or anybody else online, but I found it nowhere. As a result, I decided to publish it so that everyone all over the globe can read and hear her ideas. Let's get started.

Speech by Isbah Nasir

It’s been six million years of human existence and still, one question remains persistent what is the purpose of our life, why am I here and why am I alive. There must be more cycles to be than being one to die.

This is something I think and this may be something you also wonder about. Let’s take some moments to ponder. Hi, my name is Isbah Nasir and this is my answer “a pen and paper and a purpose”. The reality is we may never see the grand picture because the universe is something beyond our scripture, but the item of life is an item so primitive we hardly ever think of it yet we make every decision with it a pen, a paper, and a purpose.

It all begins when you learn how to hold it. And your teacher teaches you how to write in cursive because from here on this font is imperative to every decision that you make in your narrative and as you grow older you use the pen to make one of the biggest choices in your life all that lead up to your purpose and a reason you're even alive.

I mean, think about it when you're born your name is written in pen and when you die it is signed off in ink. Here’s a fun fact well when the death penalty is given the judge breaks the pen nibs to symbolize a start of an ending so I want you to think about all the decisions you made in pen because they have to lead you here and they will lead you then.

After childhood will you spend for so many things beyond doodling and ABCs we use a pen to sign off on licenses, applications, and leases where you choose to go to college that the first job after you gain some knowledge, your first apartment as you submerge into independence and even next to the name that you promised you on your wedding we like to believe this life is predestined and nothing is in our control but that’s only partially true since we are born into stories where we can’t pick settings and roles but aside from that everything else is written from hands of our very own.

From the time we are aware and as we grow old we like to believe reality is in control, but Reality is a perception, a concoction of our minds in our imagination which is why everyone sees differently and our universe has never had a unified meaning. We all have a pen, a paper, and a purpose and so do you.

Life doesn’t give you pencils because nothing we do can be erased. We can cross out some words and skip some lines because pens are ink based and even the paper that you transcribe life on also makes a difference because some people get stuck on one page and they fail to flip forward while other people keep proofreading the last page and they forget to write a conclusion. Just like that don’t wait in life, write now before you can't write make your choices now because you're not guaranteed 100 pages of lines and do what you want now because you know how many pages are left to life.

I have got a pen, a paper and a purpose so do you. We made it this it can be So tricky to make choices a live huge impact because sometimes we have writer’s block and we don't know our paths but you know what just keep on writing, keep filling in the chapters and don’t look back because if you keep regretting and re-reading, you won’t move past and you miss that final ending at last.

I mean, it made it this far I learned how to write my name, I passed all K to 12 grades. I made it this far to college and I don’t know what I will be doing next but that’s a challenge there always is, I made it to America when I was 2 and left my home in New York last year too. I made it this far so I have to survive to see what’s written in my last line and so do you.

In this audience, I see so many book covers and so many stories waiting to be discovered. We can search after God, travel the earth, and understand people all our life, but the most dangerous journey will still be the ones in our minds for we encompass the universe in between our lines. Even if we spend eternity running after ourselves, We still wouldn't know ourselves and we can search the earth to its end, but will never be able to venture into the depth in our heads.

But we have one thing in life to search after and that's a purpose, no matter how large or minor. So why be average when you can be the Maverick the jack of all trades and master of none because it is better to be good at many things than to be perfect at one and maybe we are not thinking enough, maybe we are thinking too much, but no concept can exist without an opposite.

God has Satan, good has evil and the day we discover the opposite of humans will be the day we discover our true meaning until then you must stop living as a character because you were born to be an author and I know what you are thinking this speech is so dramatic but you know what, it is dramatic because just look at us human beings are tragic. We find beauty in plastic and our dreams, are catastrophic and our actions are drastic. So don’t come to me this is the reality at its finest and I'm just being honest.

All I am saying is I've got a pen and paper and a purpose and so do you. So the next time you put down to paper to make a decision that’ll last forever, I want you to ask yourself are these next few words in line with my story?— A speech by Isbah Nasir

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on August 25, 2021:

I am glad you liked the speech, Rozlin. Thanks for your very kind and encouraging words. Lots of Love to you, dear sister.

Blessings and Hugs!!

Rozlin from UAE on August 24, 2021:

Beautiful speech by Isbah Nasir. I enjoyed reading. Thank you for sharing, Misbah. I love the topics you choose for making hubs.

Blessings and Much Love to you dear sister.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on August 24, 2021:

Lol! Just don't bring up sleep here, Bredz. I believe it is now some kind of disorder. ;) Thanks for asking and caring so much. Much Love!

I am glad you liked the speech by Isbah Nasir. I also love to hear such speeches but this one really made me think about it.

Love and Hugs to you.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on August 24, 2021:

I am so glad you liked it, Linda. Yes, it has some thought provoking points. I appreciate your visit and kind comments.

Blessings and Love to you, dear friend

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on August 24, 2021:

Thanks a lot, Eman. I am glad you liked it. Much appreciated.

Blessings and Love

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 23, 2021:


What a wonderful speech you came across by Isbah Nasir.

I often listen to those speeches on Ted Talk.

This one is so motivational & it really makes you think.

We don't know how much time we have left..but we do have pen & paper.

We can make an impact.

Thanks for sharing this one with all of us.

I hope your sleeping better.


Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 23, 2021:

The speech that you’ve shared is interesting and has some thought-provoking sections. Thank you for creating this article, Misbah.

Nian from Pakistan on August 23, 2021:

Wonderful speech. Thank you for sharing this thought provoking article dear,sis.

Many Blessings and love.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on August 23, 2021:

Srushti, Thank you so much for your visit and kind comment. Highly appreciated. Many Blessings and Love to you, dear friend.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on August 23, 2021:

Thanks a lot for your very kind and thoughtful response, dear Peggy. Much appreciated. “Long after we are gone, there will still be oceans full of ripples and waves.” That is something like my mom use to tell me. Gratitude!

Blessings and Love as always.

Srushti Gamit on August 23, 2021:

The speech is really beautiful!!Thank you dear friend Misbah for sharing such a wonderful article with us.

God bless you

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on August 23, 2021:

Thank you so much for your very kind and thoughtful reply, dear brother. Thanks for sharing about Ramana Maharshi. I will check the video later today. Stay safe and healthy.

Blessings and Peace

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on August 23, 2021:

Yes, Mr Bill. I also found that speech really interesting and beautiful. I wish you a wonderful week ahead. Take care and stay safe.

Blessings always!!

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on August 23, 2021:

Thank you so much for your beautiful and kind response, dear Pamela. Yes, she made so many good and interesting points in her speech. Thanks for sharing about your life experiences with me. Highly appreciated. Much Love! My best wishes and prayers are always with you.

Blessings and Love

Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on August 23, 2021:

Yes, John it is a wonderful message. I loved the way she delivered the speech. Thanks for your kind comments. Much appreciated

Blessings always!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 23, 2021:

That is an interesting way of looking at life. Thanks for sharing her speech about the pen, paper, and purpose. We all make ripples in the pool of life, and we never know how those ripples might affect others. Long after we are gone, there will still be oceans full of ripples and waves.

manatita44 from london on August 23, 2021:

Looks like a Ted talk, Misbah. They are very popular and chances are it has been copied many times and sent to various individuals, even as you did.

Glad you are finding the things that help. One year after my conscious Spirituality started, (1983), I was so far down the road! Yet everything seemed effortless, seamless. Allah is supplying your needs.

We are different, of course. She is asking the ultimate question, a great mantra of Ramana Maharshi's, but you may gain more from listening to a documentary on his life. The girl is inspirational, but surface ... intellectual. There's a huge gap between motivators and God-souls. But of course, everything is as according to how it's perceived.

Find Ramana's documentary and listen in your spare time. It's available on video.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 23, 2021:

Lovely speech...thank you for sharing it with us.

I hope this finds you well, dear friend. Happy Monday to you, and blessings always.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 23, 2021:

Misbah, Thank you for sharing Isbah Nasir's speech.

We do have so many important decisions in our lifetimes, and the pen is mighty. This young lady makes so many good points in her profound speech.

I am at the end years, so there are not so many decisions. I am a caretaker. That is what I have done throughout my life, caring for my siblings, being an RN, raising 3 boys and caring for my mother in our home for 14 years until she passed away. I am at peace, and I trust God. I don't know what is next, but it is okay.

Love and blessings for you, Misbah. You are special!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 23, 2021:

Misbah, thank you for sharing this speech by Isbah Nasir. It is a wonderful message for us all. Yes, I have a pen, a paper, and a purpose....what will I write next?

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