An open letter to a friend

Do you remember the old parable? What beats agility is perseverance.

The hare and the tortoise by Sunil Moharana

How to begin now?

You love your silence. And I don’t have anything against it, but I just don’t want to see you engulfed by it, you know?

Life is like a series of cause and effect on loop. Until or unless it tests us with our most guarded fear, the resilience never really builds up. And despite your most cherished claim, there’s always something you fear losing, and life has a way of proving it to you.

So let me give you a little reminder of what you might be missing presently.

The bigger picture, my friend. I can’t emphasise enough. If you want to achieve big, always try to find the bigger picture. Because when you see it, you will understand that there might be temporary setbacks here and there but the only real failure is giving up.

So never give up.

While it is inspiring to be passionate about achieving something, it is not okay to become obsessed with the path leading to it. Here’s the difference:

If you become obsessed with the path, you will be scared of change. You will repel the alternatives without due consideration. Scared of taking chances, for the fear that it might lead you to a dead end. You might miss out on some of the best things in life.

Whereas if you’re open to change, you will always look for something better. You will keep searching for better options, you will learn to adapt to the ever changing tone of life. And gain strength to overcome the obstacles in the course of living.

You will also not tire yourself at the sight of obstacles. When you’ve decided to be in the race, keep your eye on the prize. So that whenever a hurdle feels overwhelming, you can remind yourself why you started running in the first place. Inspire yourself, the way you inspire others.

Finally, remember your assets: courage, perseverance, and compassion. Remember that life will always test your claims, and no man will have it easy.

You just got to be yourself in the challenge. Project. Think of how a 10 year older self would have wanted you to react in this situation. And be this person who will inspire your 10 year later self. The rest will fall into place itself.


Image by Zoltan Tasi. Picture source: Unsplash


Twenties crisis

PC: BossFight, City Night

Life feels like a race. Stepping outside university premises is like heading to a race I didn’t prepare myself for. Everyone’s running, not sure if everyone knows what they’re running for.

But they’re, anyway.

Running is the norm here. Nobody thinks before punching in, they just do. Because if they do think then how come everyone wants the same thing? How come everyone is running in the same race?

So anyway this is important. The idea of rejecting this norm appears downright outrageous and somewhat frightening.

So now the problem is I dont know what to run for.

Sure I want things in life, but I dont want to forget everything else in doing so. I dont want to turn a blind eye to the moment, in pursuit of future. Inshort Im not ready for the momentum. The system intimidates me.

Is the pause worth the time?

I don’t know.

But I do know that I want to slow down, just for a little while.

I want to lay in bed and watch out of a window.

I want to read and write, and observe the change in season.

I want to enjoy a good movie with family, and have fun with friends.

But I also have this fear looming over my head, the fear of being left out in the race of life.

Of looking at myself, ten years from now and being disappointed in my choices.

I don’t think the fear is ever going away. But I’m going to take the risk anyway.

I hope if I read this ten years from now, I’ve achieved atleast something in life. I hope I’m somebody I look up to, and that I still appreciate life, and I’m glad that I took this time out to observe and absorb the moment before everything changes for good.