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Let’s Get (corpo) Real!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Finite Creatures.”

We all know we are finite creatures; mortal beings and yet we go on living our lives like we are going to live forever. All of us, rather most of us, or even few of us (not sure how many of us) go through our lives feeling bad about something, holding a grudge against somebody, garnering feelings of hatred, being disrespectful of other’s feelings, being abused by others, being insulted by others et cetera for what seems like forever. So, if we all know we are mortal beings then why we put up with certain things? Why do we behave in a certain way? Why can’t we let go? Do we need a reminder every day that we are mortal? No, I am saying you should just leave everything and go meditating rest of your life…nope! After all, we have this one life and the least or the best we can do is to LIVE THIS LIFE!

We mortal beings go through many things in life – we face ups and downs, we have achievements to be proud of, failures to learn from, best days to be grateful for and enjoy to the fullest and worst days to be balanced and take each day as it comes – each stage leaves us with many memories, long lasting relationships, lessons and these experiences help us be a better and a stronger person. Am I being an idealist here? No. Do we not act and react to situations based on how we feel? Most of us do. I do. Maybe that’s practical.

But maybe, there are times when if we are more aware and practice some self-control, we might actually be building a better place for all of us to live in. Instead of dealing with pent up feelings, grudges, hatred, revenge, handling egos every day like it’s the most normal thing and nothing bad can ever come out of it, we would rather concentrate on turning things around, for better. Sometimes all it needs is an action – a first step and things could change drastically. And for things that can’t be changed, consider letting it go. You don’t have to torture yourself and suffer. Let go of all the negativity and build on the good things in life. Life is beautiful – there are so many things to do, to see, to experience and to learn that there is no time to waste on such insignificant matters.

Like Blogging101, I would like to think of this life as Life101 – a class made by God to help us navigate through life by teaching us various things. Take each day as new assignment wherein we learn new things and sometimes just being a good neighbour/ good friend/ good colleague/ good life partner/ good parent et cetera. Our friends and family are The Commons for us where we can talk and share our happiness and sorrows, get advice and be a mentor. And just as we are not obligated to do all the exercises that we receive every day, we are always better off when do them. We learn a lot of things in the process, we make new friends and we strengthen the old ties and become a better person in the end!

Happy Blogging!

Hello

Who I am and Why I’m Here…

Hello Peeps,

Reading has always been a passion to me, a habit inculcated in me by my parents at a very young age (Thank you 🙂 ). I have read a lot of novels, magazines and very little of non-fiction work. And then, there came a time when I used to imagine if I had written this story, what kind of twists and turns I would have given to the story! That was the beginning of a long love affair with the writing. An affair that I was passionate about but couldn’t express it, until now.

Fascinated by the world of Blogging, I decided to be a part of it. But my consciousness took over and anything that I write, was rejected by me in its draft itself as I used to think how my blog will be perceived, do i write well, is it worthy of showcasing to it a large audience? et cetera…. all these and many more questions in my mind never let me write, and if i did manage to write, I didn’t have the courage to post it!

I am a fun loving person who is on her way to discover her creative side – writing is one of them! Why do I want to blog? I guess all of us have something to share with this world – whether it is personal, work related, academic et cetera. We all go through various experiences in this wonderful journey called life – and it is in sharing these experiences that we enrich each other’s soul, learn new things and even forge long lasting meaningful friendships. I do not have any particular topic to write about – I would like to explore various aspects on life and human relationships. I would like to reach out to as many people as I can so that we all can learn things important to us and unlearn things that no longer serve us.

Cheers 🙂

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A Year of Firsts – Our First Valentine’s


Our first wedding anniversary is only a week away – flashes of memory of the year gone by leaves us with varied expressions on our faces and sweet memories ensure a grin from ear to ear, several times a day! One such memory is of our first valentine’s day. Read on…

“You have been married for 7 months (an arranged marriage!) and it’s your first Valentine’s Day – what to do, where to go and what about the gift – talk about the pressure right? You want to make sure that all your firsts (first anniversary, first birthdays, first valentine’s, first Diwali, Christmas or Id) are spent in such a way that they remain etched in your memories forever…..however cliché it sounds.

Like any normal couple, all excited, my husband and I start looking out for destinations to spend our first valentine’s together. Days pass and the excitement plummets as endless planning and discussions get overshadowed by daily chores and office pressure. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the destinations we were really interested in are almost full and the prices have shoot up like crazy, after all resorts do rake in with all the last minute bookings. And so the obvious question – what do we do now? Should we forget the idea of going out and about and spend our first Valentine’s in the city or maybe even at our home! After all, there are all these articles everywhere suggesting various ways and means of spending Valentine’s Day right at home – cook your dinner together, take a spa day or have a spa day right at home et cetera.

One afternoon, while I was busy feeling bad that we might have not so special first valentine’s that’s when this sweet little thing called as world wide web came into picture and helped me out like an angel! I stumbled upon a website that provided us with a lake side camping with wine and chocolates…and boy I jumped with joy! After all the necessary transactions, I was relieved that now nothing can stop us from spending a very romantic valentine’s day. But, there is always a but… there was something that was going to stop us or so it felt like at that time, we might not be able to have a memorable valentine’s day.

After much delay, we finally started our journey. We decided to leave behind all the drama that was associated with the planning. Taking a sigh of relief, we head towards our destination with radio setting the mood for us – playing all romantic songs courtesy valentine’s day.

Both excited and nervous in anticipation whether or not our destination would match the pictures sent to us by the organizers, it was all put to rest as we reached our destination. First thought that came into our minds was “it was worth it”! A beautiful, pristine lake was right in front of us and 3 cute little camps set up for us in one corner.

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There was a nice set up for us near the lake – we had our barbeques, enjoyed dinner and our lovey dovey conversations under the starlit sky. You don’t get to see so many stars when in the city – we were overwhelmed and hoped that we had one of those DSLR cameras to capture countless stars in the sky that shined like diamonds! We decided to retire a little early for the day in the hope of not losing out on the beautiful morning the next day.

Woke up quite early (around 6 o’ clock) and was ready with our cameras and phones…. Hoping to capture the sunrise! We took as many pictures as we could while being in awe as the sky turned from blue to orange and the reflections on the clouds changed from yellow to orange and looked nothing short of a beautiful painting!

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After being satisfied with our photographic efforts, we decided to climb down and pay the charming pristine lake a visit. Everywhere we looked, the views were fascinating and the surroundings so calm, it felt as if we have been transported to a parallel world! We were spellbound and bewitched!”

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It was finally time to head back home – refreshed and rejuvenated and all over in love again! Despite all the drama, we managed to have a fabulous first valentine’s day – one that we would never forget!

So, what’s your Valentine story? Do share 🙂

[PS:- All the pictures were taken by us at our lakeside camping, except the featured image]

Know Your Worth

What’s Your Worth: Are you being the best version of yourself?

No, I am not talking about your net worth, bank balance or investments… I am talking about defining yourself solely based on the kind of person you are and the things you do, rather you like to do.

So have you ever wondered or you just gave it a quick thought and the response was a smile or a frown based on what constituted cluster of thoughts – a quick flash of your achievements, failures or a bunch of what-ifs! Well, whatever your response – all depends on how you define your worth!

The point is – this is not something new that has managed to grab everybody’s attention, rather this is something which was present since the time began whether it was a King trying to justify his worthiness to be able to hold onto the Throne or King’s key people proving their worth so as to be able to hold onto the eminent positions in the King’s Court.

Now a days, the competition is at its highest and so is the pressure to be nothing but the best. On daily basis – people are judged and perceived based on other people’s idea of worth of a person. This does not necessarily mean that we are exactly as people perceive or judge. There is a strong chance of a gap between what people see and what we are/do. Some examples –

  • At School – worth defined by Teachers, Peers, Marks/ result, Tuition;
  • At Home – worth defined by Parents, Siblings, Relatives;
  • At Office – worth defined by Salary, Feedback from Line managers, Peers/Colleagues;
  • At Social gatherings – worth defined by Friends, Relatives, Crowd as such….

Ideally, people’s version of you should not affect you to the extent that you make it a reality. Feedback might be useful, when it comes from reliable and trustworthy sources. Do make a note of it, and make sure you follow it up with those people. You might come across something which helps you to become better at various things, leading you to become a better person as a whole.

As Stephen Covey rightly puts, “Consider what you want to be said of you in the funeral experience, you will find your definition of success”. Once you have an idea of what exactly you would want to sound like, you can trace it back and figure what you would need in terms of skill, attitude and/or training to become that person. Jot it down somewhere for you to refer to it as often as you can/want. This will help you to absorb it, in mind and heart and then you are ready to take action on it. Start with the baby steps and you will become the person that fulfills all the criteria of being a worthy person, as defined by YOU!