Happy Teachers’ Day, Life

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One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”
-William Feather

As the entire nation celebrates Teacher’s Day, we’d like to pay tribute to the biggest and the most important teacher one could possibly ever have: namely, life. Life teaches you what you can never learn in school or Uni. Through experiences, it teaches you how to evolve as a person. Life gives you a test, and then teaches you a lesson.

 

  1. Life is like a race. If you do not run fast, you’d be like a broken anda.

No matter what they tell you, life is indeed a race, although it’s upto you how fast you wish to run or if you wish to compete at all. Even if they say they don’t, they’re still judging you. We’re living in a world of cut-throat competition, and if you want to be the best, you have to sweat the most and give everything you do your 110%.

  1. People will abandon you at some point of your life.

Just like no man is an island, similarly, there’s no person who has never been abandoned by the very people he trusted his life with. We all have been unfriended by whom we sought as our best friends, betrayed by people whom we considered as our confidante, and doubted by people whom we thought believed us the most.
Bad news: everyone faces isolation at some point. Good news: it doesn’t have to be forever.

  1. Do not purchase what you can’t pay for.

In a world of perpetuating materialism and consumerism, fancy gadgets and designer labels will allure you, but never buy something you cannot pay for. Because before you know it, you’d be living a life full of mounting debt and shrinking wallet. Mental peace is the most important thing, and things are meant to be used, and not to be loved. There’s life beyond the ‘in-trend’ and ‘the latest maal in the market’. Don’t chase the gold pot at the end of the rainbow.

  1. You don’t know everything. So don’t act like you do.

Even a person with high Mensa IQ can not know everything, so don’t get smug even for a moment that you’re any different. Nobody can know everything, and those who claim they do, they are lying through their teeth. Be humble, be curious, and true knowledge will come rushing to you.

  1. And after sunny afternoons, we get encountered by hurricanes.

“Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham” is just not a KJo movie title, but also a bitter reality of life. Life teaches you how you have to take what comes and make the most out of it. Nobody can lead a life full of happiness, and in the same way, every cloud of sorrow passes away. You just have to take life in its stride.

  1. Change is the only constant.

In this world of multiple variables, the only thing you can be sure of is that everything will change. Nothing remains the same. People grow up, drift apart, meet new people, fall in love, fall out of love, and what not. Before you know, you’re sitting by the side of your ailing parents, popping them medicines, while walking down the memory lane to when they would do the same and constantly check your temperature with a thermometer on those frosty nights.

  1. You can start over at any point of time.

No matter how broken you think your life is, you can always pick up the shards and piece them back together into something unique and beautiful. If you always wanted to learn how to read and write, you can enroll yourself in Adult Literacy Programme. If you always wanted to start taking your own decisions, opening a bank account could be the first step. If you want to turn around your life, that business venture idea in your head just might be the doorway. We can always turn things around and find beauty where we think there’s none left.

  1. “You are not your job, you’re not how much money you have in the bank.  You are not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet.  You are not your f****** khakis. You are all singing, all dancing crap  of the world.”

Courtesy: Fight Club

  1. We need people. We need emotions. We need sanity.

Being a recluse has never made anybody happy…for long. You need living creatures (particularly humans) around you. No number of books, no amount of cash and no amount of self-meditation can bring the joy that emerges from sharing your tea with your best friend, making a random conversation with the new neighbour or just fondling the stray dog in your street.

  1. You’re your own happy. It’s nobody else’s business to make you happy.

You’ll only exhaust yourself trying to find happiness from others. Happiness is an internal thing, and not an external thing. You have to make efforts on your own to brighten up your mood, to bring your life back on track because everybody else is busy fighting their own battles.

 

 Shubhangi Sood

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