Uncertainty just ahead

One Word Inspiration: Uncertainty

Surprising how this one word can bring out two exactly opposite feelings in two different people at the same time. While at one hand, it is a source of surprise and excitement, building anticipation of what would come next; on the other hand, it is a sure shot way to send your nerves into doldrums.

We all want to be certain of our lives, want answers and expect to know the outcome beforehand even before we get into an agreement, when we buy something, when we invest, even in a relationship – we all want guarantee, an assurance that things will go a certain way while we carry in our minds the outcome we expect of a situation. But does it work that way? I wish it did, it would take off so much pressure off me. But the answer is no. Life loves to throw googly at us every once in a while and it is up to us, just like a batsman, how we play it.

Me, I love making lists and plan elaborately for a lot of things in my life. I make lists for daily activities (prioritizing them and put them in order), monthly goals, bucket lists, vacation plans, shopping (what I need for my wardrobe and my beauty supplies) only to change it few days later and in some cases on the same day. My daily to-do list is most susceptible to change. Since I am a freelancer now (an outcome of an uncertainty in my life), there are days when I have to change my priorities if one of the clients I work for need something urgently or before deadline, ruining my otherwise perfectly planned day.

While we don’t mind uncertainty when we travel, sometimes even adding that spontaneous plans are the best, why do we get all worked up when it’s about our daily lives? Don’t you think even life, just like travel, will be better if we were to be more spontaneous in responding to the changes rather than worry about the outcome? Just let go and enjoy this journey as well, one that contains beautiful moments, important lessons, strong relationships, enhanced knowledge.

I know, you might be thinking not everything in life can be spontaneous. It is easier said than done and I couldn’t agree more. There are things that need proper planning to ensure that we and our families lead a good life – things like education, career, finances et cetera. But while we are at it, let us not get bogged down by all these.

Be spontaneous, cheerful and embrace the uncertainty in your life. You might be pleasantly surprised!

Things I Have Learned

Things I’ve Learned…

Here is a list of things I have learned over a period of time. Although, everyday is a learning opportunity and there are some lessons to be learnt, some consequences to be faced, some actions to be taken…. but these are the lessons which, if you live by, I feel it becomes a lot easier to deal with the world, its people and of course, yourself 🙂

  • Speak less, listen more
  • Read as much as you can
  • Procrastination never pays, it only adds to the pressure/ nervousness that you are already feeling
  • Learn to differentiate between people who care for you and those who pretend. Not everyone who is sweet to you has your best interest at heart.
  • Hold your guards ~ Not everyone will understand that your kindness is actually your strength. And no, don’t have to prove yourself.
  • Take a deep breath and relax – People on this earth are either on the same page as you are, that is, still learning how to handle things and situations or are just stupid. Don’t worry!
  • Just like what you do is nobody’s business, similarly what others do is and should be none of your business. Keep calm and do your thing. Don’t waste precious time and energy.
  • However big or small, do your bit to make this world a better place to live.
  • And lastly, be kind. Just like you, there are thousand others struggling to learn things. Few words of encouragement and support will go a long way.
I am a writer

Je écris parce que…

I write because… well there are a lot of factors at work and I can’t put numbers saying which comes first. There are days when I write because I came across a beautiful quote, a great article, a thought, a movie, I saw something happening …… and then there are days when I just want to write.

I could say writing is therapeutic – for me! What food is to the body, reading and writing is to the soul.  Reading is traveling to a different era, a new city, getting to know different cultures and languages, getting introduced to the local mannerisms. And when I read, it’s not just a boring page turning activity that I do just because people around the world do so… it’s an animated affair! I imagine, live the characters’s life and think what I would have said or done, I laugh and cry, feel sad and get overwhelmed ~ an endless array of emotions.

And that is exactly what I would like to give to my readers, not just a story but an experience, an emotion that they would carry with them, ponder over it, feel it, discuss it – something that people can relate to. And I will not lie if I say I am being a bit selfish here – writing will give me a chance to converse with the readers in the form of comments and feedback and most importantly I look forward “to Inspire and Get Inspired!”

Love Yourself

That One Love Affair We All Must Have!

In the grand scheme of things, when we think about life, our thoughts invariably are drawn to family, friends, work, colleagues, neighbours et cetera. While it is good to think about people and things that matter the most to us, we very conveniently, forget that one person – the MOST important person. Who are we talking about? Domestic help, you may say… after all, today’s lifestyle is such that we can’t do without a good household help. But no…. the person I am talking about here is the one who is reading the article right now (writing the article in my case!)

Ever wonder, why is it that we are at the end of our lists always? Are we conditioned that way? Why can’t we be at the top of the list and not feel guilty about it? Or be free from the fear of being perceived as a selfish person? And before you go on blaming the world – stop right there! You are equally responsible for this and that makes you a partner in crime. How? While your loved ones are excited about a project or helpless about a situation, you don the role of a “superperson” at the drop of a hat and leave no stone unturned for them. But let us not forget that we are mere mortal human beings and we all deserve some time off, some pampering and TLC ourselves. As they say in the flight cabin before the flight takes off, “please make sure you have the oxygen mask before you go on helping others.”

I realize this when I was reading Vinita Dawra Nangia’s article “Give yourself a break”, also the prompt for this article. We don’t think twice before helping others out but when it comes to us, there is a long list of ifs and buts waiting for us and taking an off becomes a project in itself considering the amount of planning and thinking goes into it, not to mention the endless discussions regarding how and when!

If this situation sounds too familiar, then you need is to fall in love… have an affair and a passionate one! What? Am I crazy? Nope… I am talking about falling in love with yourself again. Look out for yourself, be your own best friend, love yourself for who you are and the way you are. Because only when you love yourself unconditionally and are happy inside, it makes all the difference in the world outside.

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Five Feet Below

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Beneath Your Feet.”

The first thing I do in the morning is step into my cute little balcony garden – say hello to my plants and sit there for a few minutes (time permitting). It’s amazing what nature can do to you even if you spend just a couple of minutes.

This picture was taken a couple of days earlier, not knowing a post will be on its way 🙂

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Airtel 4G

Airtel 4G – truly the FASTEST network!

I am a freelancer. Although it took me some time to get used to the idea of not working full time, I started enjoying the freedom to choose my projects and the pace at which I work. It was all good initially but there was one problem. After all what’s important to a freelancer? Apart from skills, discipline, focus, experience – A good internet connection. It’s our virtual office, our lifeline, as we connect and communicate frequently with people from the world over. Without a good internet connection, there are chances of delay and also losing the project. And all these because you don’t have a good internet connection.

Internet connections I have been using so far work fine for a few days or a month or so and then speed reduces. Even after upgrading the package and taking booster pack, it is the same scenario month after month. I mean, we should at least get what we pay for, right?

Frustrated with slow internet

One fine day, when my internet connection was down (AGAIN!), I decided to take a break and watch some TV. That’s when I saw Airtel’s 4G advertisement. It was like a GOD sent angel. Without any delay, I got in touch with Airtel executive and asked them about Home Wi-Fi. The speed is lightning fast and it can connect up to 32 devices including laptops, smartphones, gaming consoles, smart TVs and security systems. Thrilled with the speed, I decided to move to Airtel’s mobile network. They delivered my 4G card to my home. And guess what, I got a 4G connection at the price of a 3G connection.

I no longer delay on the account of internet not working or being slow. There’s so much to do and learn and Airtel 4G is like the wind beneath my wings – helping me work faster and get more projects.

Happy with fast internet

Airtel 4G is truly the fastest network ever!

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