The year that was, 2014

Only today morning, a few of us were having this little chat and someone asked, what did each one of us feel about the New Year’s eve? While some said New Year’s eve is a day to celebrate and start off the new year cheerfully, some others said it is nothing more than just a routinely affair, comes up every other year. I, on the other hand, couldn’t assimilate my thoughts to provide an objective answer. New Year’s Eve, to me, is a day of both nostalgia and hope. Nostalgia of all the good and bad things that happened in the past 364/365 days and at the same time there are a lot of hopes. Hopes to make the new year better.

2014. Well! I would never be able to forget this particular year, partly because this year forms the greater half of my last year in college. If I were to recall the last 364 days of my life, I’d say there had been moments when it seemed like everything is just perfect and almost everything fell into the exact right place, effortlessly. But then there had been moments when even after all my hard work and dedication, I could only accomplish a whining smile from the ancient hostile friend- the failure.

Throughout the year, there had been people who created a negative aura around me by continuously and repeatedly hurting me, when I least expected it from them. (Expectations can, indeed, do a lot of damage.) And, in fact, I too had hurt a lot of people in this year. I had fought with people. And sometimes, even after all that, things again fell into the right place but then sometimes things remained shattered. Nevertheless, there had also been some amazing people in my life who were always there for me under all circumstances to back me up when I was weak and, well, enjoy with me when I was on my peak. 😛 In this year, I had also had the chance to connect with a lot of old friends from school, tuition, coaching etc. and chatting with them, after so long, had always been a heart-warming experience as we reminisced those good old times when life was too simple. Back then, it was so easy to not fiddle upon frivolous things, forget them and get back together.

I had also read lot of stuff in this year. Blogs. Novels. Short stories. There was this very short novel, “Who moved my Cheese?” and I absolutely loved it. It talks about four typical reactions to a change by two mice and two little people during their hunt for cheese. If you’re reading this, I suggest you to look out for the novel too. Apart from reading, I had also been writing a lot of stuff. Poems. Articles. Everything. I made one another blog and had been posting on it every single day, unfailingly, since the past 53 days.

I have done a lot of different or may be weird things in this year. (This post might be just one of them. :P) I have also met a lot of people in this year. And needless to say, I have also learnt a lot of things this year. A very wise friend of mine once told me, “The only objective of life is to be happy. You should be happy because you should be and not because you have to show it to people that you’re happy.” And well, that is what everything boils down to. Personal happiness and satisfaction. We must take charge of our happiness. Get rid of all the things that have the potential to make us, unnecessarily, sad. You, and only you, should be able to control your happiness and hence your life, because life is all about being happy.

All in all, it was a great year, the one I’d never forget. At the end, I would like to thank all the amazing people who were a part of my past 364 days. I look forward to keeping in touch with you, meeting many more amazing people in 2015 and making 2015 only happier.

I wish you all a very happy new year. May you have a great year and a wonderful time ahead. Cheers. !! 🙂

Paint Me The Sky

Paint me the sky
for I wish to fly high
Blue and perfect it shall be
With all the birds that’d be free

Dance with the wind
for I wish to flow with what’s not machined
Bending and fluttering all over the tranquil sea
One colourful and treasuring moment, it’d be

Teach me to sing
for I do have a word string
that I wish to share with the world so kind
For the sake of love and affection that I wish to find

Paint me the sunrise
for it shall be beautiful to see
Stillness that shall be soothing and serene
A perfect and picturesque scene it’d be

Sing me a slow song
I shall listen and might sing along
Nothing more shall I ask for, but just you for me
So that every morning, you may paint the sky for me

Quote

Quote of the day

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!”

-Rocky Balboa

Feeling Alive

“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”

Joseph Campbell

Enjoying the sunFeeling Alive. It doesn’t entail you to be a part of the most ecstatic moments ever known to mankind. Rather it is about finding that ecstasy in the trivial things you happen to exercise every single day. It is about living those rapturous moments which might not be leading you to anywhere tomorrow, but are competent of creating an anticipated euphoric environment for you today.

Nonetheless, it is the general demeanor of the human race to be hesitant to do the things that make us happy. We prefer to invest time upon things which might lead us to somewhere tomorrow. Given this, we tend to be too busy in securing our future and eventually we end up being ignorant about the present. Rightfully did Albert Campus say, “Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present. “ And yet we fail to be generous enough towards the present and invest our time upon the present too. We keep saving on for the future, but the future never comes. The future is a dream. Always. Our aspirations never end. And sadly, this isn’t how one could feel alive. We need to be able to live in the present to feel contented, to feel the happiness that surrounds us all the time and to feel alive.

This is the right time. Do all those things which bring happiness to you, things you are passionate about and love doing. Enjoy every single moment to the fullest. This time won’t come to you again. It is always good to secure your future, but it isn’t wise enough to do that in exchange for a remorse able present. Explore. Discover. Embrace yourselves with some unforgettable moments. Feel Alive. 🙂

And like all men say, “Live. Love. Laugh.

‘WE’ or ‘ME’

 ‘Living for each other.’

This impulsive idea has been shoved into our eyes by the fantasy fairy tales, Bollywood and the likes. Right from our childhood, we are brought up like we are made to live for each other. The society we live in talks about ‘WE’ and not ‘ME’.

But, a deeper look into the things would make you realize that at the end of the day, you stand alone. No matter, how good or bad your deeds may be you are the only person held responsible for them. Indeed, every then and now people will backstab you, betray you and make every effort to put you down. Quite often people are secretive, liars, mean, ignorant and self-obsessed. Yes, each one of you might be able to recall the existence of such people in your lives. Then, why do we promote a ‘WE’ and not ‘ME’, when in the long run, you are all by yourself ?

The answer is indeed plain and simple. You need somebody, who would listen to your sorrows. You need somebody to stand by you and act like a support in your bad times. You need somebody to celebrate with when you’re cheerful and full of life. You need somebody to keep motivating you. You need somebody to party with. You need somebody to laugh with. You need somebody to talk nonsense with. And, then you need somebody to insult you. You need somebody to challenge you. You need somebody who wouldn’t help you, when you’d be needy. You need somebody to discourage you. You need somebody to test your patience. Each soul has its own significance and purpose. Some make you feel lively and happy, while some would set you in an ambiance full of pessimism, but then everybody has been assigned their own purpose. And, absence of any one of them might just make your life miserable, good for nothing or may be dull. So you need people around yourself, to act like a support or may be to make you go through hell. Being able to survive in a society that endorses the ‘ME’ culture is out of question. And, thus such a society ceases to exist.

Now, the question that might strike your mind is why you would need a person who makes you go through hell? Well, we all dream of a peaceful and happy life, debarred from pain and anguish, and apparently we wouldn’t want such people in our lives. But, a deeper analysis and a more rational approach may tell you that to be able to learn certain values and wisdom, you need people who discourage you or make you feel bad about yourself. Until and unless you have somebody to disregard your abilities, you wouldn’t be able to work up on them and make them better. At certain point of times, people wouldn’t step forward to help you; that is the time you reassemble all your strength to help your own self. Such circumstances indisputably endow you with a sense of pride and self-confidence. So you need somebody who wouldn’t help you, because you need to learn to help your own self. You need somebody to backstab you, so as to make you an invulnerable and indeed a stronger person. Thus, people around you, friends or enemies help you elicit your abilities and aid you in becoming a better person every single day. Henceforth, living with an idea of ‘WE’ and not ‘ME’ has been impeccably manifested into our lives and minds.

At the same time, I’d like to make a point that life is transient, people come and go. You would agree with this that once you get into college or job, you seldom talk to your high school friends. Your life then begins to revolve about new friends, new responsibilities and so on. This doesn’t imply that you or may be your high school friends are being self-centered. It is all about adapting to the change and accordingly placing your priorities and just comprehending the fact that we all humans are slaves of nature and our designated tasks. You are simply bound by responsibilities and then you aren’t able to interact with your older friends as frequently as earlier. But, imagine you meet one of your very best friends from your high school while travelling back from work. You would wave at her, share words of affection and ask about each others’ well being. Yes, you would. Thus, signifying that love never dies, nor does friendship. Though with time, people around us change, we still are revolving with the idea of ‘WE’ and not ‘ME’.

We must acknowledge the fact that we live like ‘WE’ and not ‘ME’ and therefore we must surpass our ego and splatter love and affection all around us. Life is short, they say. Embrace it with happy moments by living with and for one another.