Now

The thoughts come as the waves build up, meandering like the clouds in the vast sky. I breathe. A long, slow breath!… My mind wanders to moments lived and gone by. The journeys taken and the journeys that could not be. All the while just the couplet in my mind: “Two roads diverged in a wood, And I took the one less travelled by…” with a question hovering: “Will it make all the difference?”

There are so many questions. So many answers waiting to be discovered. Which one is right? Is there a right? But now, like right now, does it really matter to get all the answers? Can’t it be just put aside for some time else, some place else?

The noise of the waves silences the noise inside me … calming the turmoil as the outside engulfs me in itself — drenched, drowned, drifted away! — as I sit on the rocks staring blankly at the sea. Watching the waves forming … coming with a gush and dying at the rocks. Time stops right there at that spectacle and yet I am reminded of its flow by the very flow of the waves.

A different wave each time, a different time each wave.

Time froze, right? Yes. And time flowed immeasurably? Yes. Both Yes. That was the magic of it. The completeness. The infiniteness of it, taking me away from all the chaos, the turbulence of my thoughts — to just watch the waves, savor the moment, and feel.

It is so uncommon. To be there. Just. To actually be alive to the time present and forget about the trails of the past and the paths of the future. That moment of serenity. Meditative? Kind of.

As I looked beyond… to the horizon… sea merging with the sky… a beginning of yet another contemplative voyage that is to be taken some time else. For now, the waves come to me as I wave back to them. And they go just as seamlessly. And all that remains is the water, the feeling, the bliss. Now.

An Ode To Writers

So, someone asked me the other day:

“Simran, can anyone be a writer that gets admiration? Or is writing not everyone’s cup of tea?”

I had this to reply…

Yes, anyone can write. In fact, we are all writing on a day to day basis without realizing — Messages, comments, post captions, emails. And we all have definitely written our language exams, haven’t we?

So, yes, we all are writers.

Now, the difference why some are “writer” writers and some aren’t is… choice.

These “writers” chose to pursue that path with their practice and passion.

…They looked for opportunities to write everywhere.

…They carried a notebook and pen everywhere they went. (Because who knows when inspiration strikes!)

…They lived and breathed words.

…They read like a maniac, and wrote like a mad scientist.

…They sat down with a pen, staring at the blank paper, and making an article out of their existential crisis.

…They kept trying to find the meaning of their life in the words they wrote.

…They kept on honing their skills with learning and improvement.

…They dedicated their life to this craft.

And they did it all everyday. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Unfailingly. Without giving up.

Even when the blank page stared them to death!

They are “writers”!

We are writers.

Acceptance

You know you gotta change something. But, the question is: HOW to bring about that change?

Be it lifestyle, job, or even venturing into freelancing … Bringing any ‘actual’ change requires just two things:

1. Consciousness
2. Acceptance

YOU need to make that change. No other person can do that for you or make you aware. It is just you. And it is for yourself…

Now, suppose you need to make a change towards adopting a healthier lifestyle… So for that, here’s a question checklist you can use to gauge the progress:

  • Are you conscious that you need that change?
    (Think about it deep! You’ll find your answer.)
  • Do you accept that your choices have been bad?
    (Weigh in every action, every choice.)
  • Are you ready to do anything to make that change?
    (Like anything that challenges you, frightens you?)

YES?

There you go. You just took the first step towards making that change possible.

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Understand this!

The only one who is holding you back is… you yourself!

  • Your progress.
  • That high paying client you always wanted.
  • That opportunity you were always searching.
  • That unsent pitch you were always planning.

Look within what you are lacking.

Be conscious.

Bring acceptance.

To bring that change.

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And don’t forget to be You cool, authentic self 🙂

Accept who you are and then work towards who you wanna be!

(Just like the cool, chill pineapple in the image!)

Be a pineapple: Cool-and-chill!