Thursday, January 12, 2012

Don't Be Serious, Be Sincere

Posted by Alei at 1/12/2012
Facebook has been a distraction for students, a market strategy for business people and a hobby for the unemployed. It has been a common use on the internet for today's generation. I am not going to weigh its advantages and disadvantages. I would like to share this quote I have read on my friend's wall. Its inspiring and realistic.

Don't just have a career or academic goals. set goals to give you a balanced successful life. i use the word balanced before successful. balanced means ensuring your health, relationships, mental peace are all in good order. There's no point of getting a promotion on the day of your breakup. there is no fun in driving a car if your back hurts. shopping is not enjoyable if your mind is full of tensions.

Life is one of those races in nursery school where you have to run with a marble in a spoon kept in your mouth. if the marble falls, there is no point coming first. same is with life where health and relationships are the marbles. your striving is only worth it if there is harmony in your life. Else, you may achieve the success, but this spark this feeling of being excited and alive, will start to die.

One thing about nurturing the spark - Don't take life seriously. Life is not meant to be taken seriously, as we all are really temporary here. we are like a prepaid card with limited validity. if we are lucky, we may last another 50 years and 50 years is just 2500 weekends. Do we really need to get so worked up?

It's ok, bunk a few classes, scoring low in couple of papers, goof up a few interviews, take leave from work, enjoy with your friends, fall in love, little fights with your loved ones. We are people , not programmed devices.

"Don't be Serious, Be Sincere"
- Chetan Bhagat

I can relate to this. I remember my cousin who has been promoted and got the salary he dreamed of for his age. He was happy and yet, more than sad. During those times, his father, my uncle, is in the hospital struggling for his life. My cousin could only pay rare visits due to his commitment to his work. When my uncle died, my cousin told us that there is more to life than just money and career. He might have improved on them sooner without sacrificing his time with his father. We can never buy back time but we can still have a job and earn money.

What had happened to me is the opposite of my cousin. I did not regret it. When my father died by 2009, I was there almost all the time. I may be on struggle for my career now, but I can move forward easily as I have not wasted time during the last moments of my father's life. For every this we miss, we gain something else.

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