As the train approached the peacefully sleeping town,
it occurred to her that all her life she had been waiting
to go on the trip that would change her life.
The one that would give her the courage to do
what she could only think of in the future tense.
The one that would transform her
into the person she imagined herself to be.
As she stepped off the train into the winter night,
she found herself on the same platform that she had come to many a time as a child;
she would sit there,
quietly observing the trains passing by,
dreaming of the day she would come of age
and board one to take her away on the adventure of a lifetime.
That day had come and gone.
She had boarded many a plane
and visited many a city
and yet nothing as such had changed.
“Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” Qur’an 13:11