Not many of us experienced adulthood with clear goals, set priorities and perfect values. Somewhere, someday, we were all lost. Weren’t we? Someday we had asked ourselves - where am I heading? Why am I here? What am I supposed to do? Why am I even alive?
For some, the search ends up with perfect answers, but for some, it’s an endless toil, maybe even futile.
“Finding Myself” is neither an account of my search for meaning, nor is a book of ideal answers to your questions, it’s a tiny little guide book to help you find your own answers.
As you answer your way through this book's ten chapters, connecting with various aspects of your life, try to analyze your answers. Every chapter has a guided framework which should be used by you for analysis. The whole process sums up to answer one single question “Who Am I?”
It starts with guidelines to analyze your current situation, drawing a perspective for your life. Subsequently, you will be guided to delve deeper into your memories,understand people in your life and their influence by answering various questions and taking different tasks as mentioned in the chapters. Through various chapters, you will be able to understand various aspects like family, friends, success, failure and how they matter to the you. In the end, you will be ready with a definite direction you would want to go, clear about what you most want out of your life, how you want it, and most important of all, what defines you.
Fear, My Dear Friend
You have to fight your fear, you have to play with fear and you have to make it a friend – because the next time you find yourself identifying with a fear – you know it’s challenging you. A friend who is calling you to play, and to go past your boundaries you’ve created, but only to break. A friend who is asking you to win. .. read more
How are you handling criticism?
Criticisms hurt. No matter if it’s coming from your closest friend or a complete stranger.
Criticisms that hurt the most are the ones we are either not aware of, or the ones we know, but we never accepted it...read more
"Even though there is a lot of anxiety related to texting in general, a non-responsive friend might even trigger emotions of self-doubt, uncontrolled retrospection to dig out reasons for being ignored, anxiety and feelings of rejection. If the pattern repeats over and over, these emotions might bottle up and cause devastating effects on a relationship as well as on the person who’s expecting a response"...Read More
Seen. But no Reply??
"Incredibly beautiful snow clad Mountains. Dewy grass to walk on. Crisp, cool air to breathe. Camps with bonfire underneath a starry night - an experience of trekking to 12000 ft to boast about.
This is what a Himalayan trek is.
But for me, well, it was more about survival the first time I trekked."
A Trek to remember
What do you travel for?
Accept it or not.
You want to explore the world. You want to learn about the new cultures. You want to try new cuisines.
The reality: You want to tag the locations you’ve been to on your Instagram posts. You want to post pictures enjoying the “culture” because you want them all to know you care. You carefully place your food and debate over the angle of picture to make your food look heaven-like.
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2 AM. Drunk. Called up your ex?
Accept it or not. We all have done it.
We’re drunk enough to be “out of senses” but yet, we know we are totally in our senses! So we pick up our phone – the number has been deleted long back, but our fingers, yes our fingers – they remember the number. Well if not, there’s this WhatsApp group from a year ago which will still show their number in members list, right?
The numbers are keyed in. We take a pause (dramatically: a sigh). What am I doing? I can remember what all things they did to me. It’s wrong. It’s wrong. This won’t end well.
We hit the dial button.
So what if it gets weird? We are drunk enough. If it goes wrong, we were too drunk. Out of our senses. Good enough excuse. Hah!
And if it all goes well – Well, what exactly then? Patch up, chit chat, be friends? No, Not really. But the dial tone is already on.
"Use what talents you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except the ones that sang the best”.
I start my write-up with Henry van dyke’s quote. Philosophers have been thinking over and debating whether good is real good or not. Being good to others is far more complicated than being kind to them. What you think is good may not be the best thing for them. Being good to others is an easy way to define oneself and explore your life. What is your role in this world? Are you here for a bigger cause that you would have ever dreamed of? Just be an honest and kind person will suffice you the vagaries of the modern world. You will ace through your life and even feel good about it. But is it true in today’s world? Do you really expect others to be returning the same favor you did them? In order to be good, you will have to decode the meaning of goodness to yourself and others as well. This is the notion today. ...Read More
A day of change
Nobody’s problem is small, but definitely not superior to others. Even the tiniest one can hurt a lot. And this happens to all of us - ‘Ah! This sucks! @$#%*’
This happened to me around two years ago.No friends, bad job, not accomplishing what I had thought I would, bad living conditions, strained relationships, and the worst financial condition. On top of that, I kept cribbing.
Until that one day, I decided to take two steps- first identify your misery and then don’t multiply the misery by talking about it . And I do feel, changes started there. I don’t have a fool proof plan, I have had days when I deviated from my resolution to not complain, and to give up. But these helped.
Identifying- I remember the feeling that I am in some space where ...Read More