Warm welcome to my 2nd blog post. This too was published as an article in The School Post. I wrote it when i was just done appearing for Boards and Competitives. It was vacation time, and I felt the need to pen down the sufferings and endeavor that I had gone through in the past 2 years. Here is a summary of all that. here I go:
When I was younger, I wished for a Mercedes and a Sea Facing Mansion. That was my idea of success. I vigorously put all my mettle in acedemics aced
the exams with my mind set for getting the magic words 1st Rank in my marksheets. After handing over the result sheet to parents, followed the demand of gift for the result. The demands began with watches, then came simple mobiles, then came color mobiles, then came mobiles with cameras and now the latest is a Blackberry or a laptop for my First Class Distinction grade in 12th Science I just know that I would somehow, someday I would become famous entrepreneur and be able to afford that car and the dream house. All the way through junior years and still now, my mind is planning this idyllic future.
Life is not promised and neither is my future success. While I was going through the motions in an attempt to attain material success, first check, bigger grades, bigger titles, I was not enjoying my daily life. I felt i was caught up in such a prison which had no way out, the prison called routine. I had succumbed to such a routine of life which had only 2 options- Live A Mundane Life to Get what you Want OR Give up. Obviously the latter wasn’t acceptable to a philosophical minded creature like me. I was just existing. It occurred to me that life has more purpose than acquiring bigger grades on score cards and materialistic possessions, which will only be yours until you can no longer keep up with the hectic tution classes and mugging up the bluky refrence books. Although I had often been told this, I finally understood. I realized that finding inner peace, purpose and happiness will stick with you forever – and that is real success.
In the two higher secondary years, I had missed a lot of things. Chatting peacefully with my parents, helping my sister out with maths sums, having a coffee frequently with my pals, visiting my High School teachers regularly(whom I love a lot), keeping in touch with my cousins who live outstations and a lot more. Tranqulity and shalom seemed absolutely absent in my life. Not only in mine, but every person’s who was pursuing 11-12th Sci and preparing for JEE and AIEEE. It’s now during my vacation, the time when I am at the doorstep of entering my college life I enjoy the pleasure of doing NOTHING. I enjoy the peaceful sleeps(which i never had in the past 2 years), I enjoy the mouth watering mangoes(which I missed in my last summer vacation) and neverthanless I enjoy resting peacefully in my mother’s lap at the end of the day with no qualms to appal me. These small things of life seem a big success to me today
Enjoying life’s precious quirks makes a person more successful than a wealthy(by money or by grades) person who is not content and takes everything for granted. Instead of memorizing facts, I have begun learning information. Instead of focusing on the future, I focused on today and the many blessings and successes that come with it.
Hope you liked it. Looking forward to comments and feedbacks..
Love & Regards,