Hello, my name is Hina and welcome to my blog. I’m a Pakistani Canadian living in Ottawa, Ontario and started this blog as an in-depth way to chronicle my life to better understand it so I can plan a fruitful and productive future for myself. This blog launched in April 2018 – two months after I married Sai, and two weeks after I turned 30. I’m not saying those events have anything to do with why this blog exists, but those two events definitely have something to do with why this blog exists.
The name of this blog, Witness To My Life, has been taken from the name of a book – Witness to My Life: The Letters of Jean-Paul Sartre to Simone de Beauvoir 1926-39. Sartre and Beauvoir are considered parents of the philosophical movement known as existentialism, and is one I closely align with in terms of how I view my life and existence. The book is a compilation of letters that Sartre wrote to Beauvoir over the course of their half-century long relationship. Just as Sartre came to better understand himself and his mind through his writing to Beauvoir, I too hope to see my life in a new light and share the remarkable and unique experiences I’ve been fortunate to have been a part of in my time on this planet thus far.
There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.
― John Green