There is so much value in having friends of the opposite sex and, in turn, dating before settling down, if not just as an exercise to learn more about yourself.
So, once I overcame my diffident ways and grew more comfortable around boys my age, one of my absolute favourite things to do was go on dates.
I grew up idolising women like Sarah Connor, Ripley from Aliens and, Goddamnit, even Mary Poppins.
Exposure to such strong female role models and, more notably, my own fiercely intelligent and academically accomplished mother, charged me with the most profound yearning to have a more deliberate hand in my future.
In terms of religion, you can probably guess by now that I am incredibly liberal.
I have studied my religion and taken from it the salient points that I wish to live my life by and pass on to my children.
The day I came to realise that there is no precedent for this, I started to relax a lot more about it.
Whether you are first or second generation British or just have traditional parents, guess what?
I am not strict by any means but I’m pretty happy in my relationship with the big guy upstairs and that’s good enough for me.
I think a growing number of modern Muslims experience something synonymous in terms of their relationship with Islam.
As first generation children born in Britain, I don’t think my parents knew how to handle socialising us with the opposite sex and so the matter was often dealt with the way it typically was in Pakistan and Islam, through segregation of the sexes.