I wanna say a little more about this because it's important to me.. I've always sorta believed that there's a creator, but I was never really sure about it regarding who he is and what he wants. So some years ago, around 2017 I'd say, I began to think more about the purpose of life and existence, and it made me sad because I was just confused by it all. I mean what's the point if it's all transient and we'll all be dust? everything we do is in vain if all that exists will perish. So it was pretty depressing thinking about that, and I couldn't really stop thinking about it either.
That all started to change four years ago in 2018. That was the year I discovered otters and saw the beauty in them. I began to love them, passionately, and I still do to this day. Then, one day something occurred to me, and I asked myself the question: "How can I love otters and not love the one who created them?"
And that question made sense for me to ask myself because I already knew there has to have been someone who created us. Now at that time, I had already learned a little bit about Zoroastrianism, especially its teachings about otters and their sanctity. Obviously that appealed to me, but I then decided to look into it further, especially at its core message. And that was what fascinated me the most, because I noticed so many parallels to Islam (which by then I had also started learning about) that I started to think this might even be the same religion, or from the same origin anyway. Not only is it the oldest known monotheistic religion, but it's also a revealed religion (founded by a prophet called Zarathustra). There's daily prayers, heaven and hell, judgement day, and even the bridge that the souls must cross. And that thought was pretty much confirmed, because of it being one of the basics of Islamic belief that God sent prophets to every people throughout time to teach them about monotheism. That was a turning point in my life as the pieces all started to fit together and I finally began to understand. There is a God who created us, and he wants us to live a way of life that is pleasing to him. He created an eternal paradise in the Hereafter which he describes as gardens beneath which rivers flow .. I probably don't have to tell you guys what we're gonna find in those rivers.
I've been practicing for about three years now, I'm not depressed or confused about our purpose anymore. My life has found its meaning now and I'm content with it, all thanks to God who made the otters. This has been something personal and maybe a little long, so thank you for reading.