HAKIM ARIFFIN

#CandidWithCodette

What’s the last thing you do every night before sleeping? 
Read a few pages of whatever is my current read on my Kindle, most of the time not getting past the first few pages. What I’d really like to do is put in a 5-10 mins reflection moment, 5-10 mins mindfulness session, and 5-10 mins of reading before bed – that is the ideal bedtime routine I am working towards.

A song you can listen to on repeat without getting bored:
So many. I latch onto songs and play them on repeat a lot. I’m cheating here but a few current ones are:

  • Say A Little Prayer by Lianna La Havas
  • Day 1 by Honne
  • Lost by Frank Ocean
  • Blinding Lights by The Weeknd
  • Dance With Me Tonight by Olly Murs

A film or book that changed your perception on feminism: 
Considering the feminist movement came to the fore at the exact same time my reading habits receded, I’d be the first to admit I haven’t read many, but I am starting on Becoming (does this count?) but more widely, I’d say a book that connected me more with my consciousness is Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

It’s gripping from start to finish and evokes the anger fumigating the moments he described. It is a heavy read that is worth the commitment.

3 underrated qualities for a leader:
Compassion, patience, equanimity.

An unforgettable piece of wisdom from the woman who raised you:
Too many, she was very wise and is very missed. The worries of your tomorrows will likely be different from what you worry about today. So have faith in Him and leave the worries for later.

Unpopular opinion: who is a feminist icon you think deserves more recognition?
Every single female in the world.