For many months I had been thinking of writing an article. Though I did write poems but there is this thing about poems. You don’t go straight with the words. You kinda beat around the bush. You leave gaps in between, sometimes you don’t even complete the sentence. You just leave the reader guessing. And then the reader tries to crochet through the poem, weaving in the gaps based on
- what & how much they know about you and
- what he or she is going through in life.
It gets interesting though. However with articles, the base point is you complete the sentences!! You got to navigate the reader, though you can still drop him in tiny valleys. Let him figure the way out to the next paragraph. Paulo Coelho does it the best. It takes me minutes-hours to contemplate and move to the next line. He is an inspiration to me though I have never tried my hands on fiction (but maybe someday I should?).
I had several topics in mind that I wanted to write about based on my moods in a day. I ain’t so religious but I am a big fan of Krishna (no! not my friend Krishna but Lord Krishna) Krishna’s teachings, put in an understandable language, are moving and thought provoking. Though Bhagwad Gita is centuries old, the messages are still relevant. Anyways, I wanted to write a compilation of his teachings but never ended up doing that (maybe I will give it a try someday).
I also thought of making a guidelines list/tips on how I manage myself through this pandemic and deadly Winter. It had been hard for me and so for many people around the globe. And the winter in Europe shows no mercy, Covid or no Covid, it doesn’t give a damn! It feels like a delivery guy at your door, handing you a box full of depression. You say, “but I already received one from COVID19”. The delivery guy says “This is your yearly subscription, I don’t care if you already have an extra. here, take it. So, ‘Trupti’ checked! Ok, moving to the next door! Tschüss!!”
Nevertheless, I never ended up writing that. Recently, I wanted to write about Stoicism. It really fascinated me when I read this article. On the next day, coincidentally one of my favourite authors, Mark Manson, happened to shout out loud, I’am not a Stoic. Read through if you can keep up with his long post. This was a different viewpoint on Stoicism now. I thought I should know more about it and so ended up ordering Meditations. If you read the article by Mark Manson he mentions Buddhism, Existentialism and Stoicism. He has also illustrated some strong similarities and differences between the 3. I will reserve my opinion here to write about it after I finish reading Meditations.
If you have reached so far in the article you will find it (ir)relevant how the title and the content is navigating. Honestly, I really have no clue. I didn’t know what I wanted to write, I had no preparation/study but yet I grabbed my book and pen and started writing (Yes! I am an old-school, I write it on paper and then transfer it to the laptop. I #DontCare if you don’t understand what this paper-pen connection has to do with the flow of writing 😝). Well, getting back to the point (but wait, what point was I making?).
It has been days or months I have been contemplating (that’s what you do sometimes when you are alone and awake at 12 AM) about what I would like to do, my passion, what goals I want to pursue and why I want to pursue them. Talking about “why”, the below quote is kinda on my top list recently.
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
I did quite some research and took the time to put my thoughts to paper. I would say the picture is still blurry however some parts are getting clearer.
Today morning as I was waiting for my colleague to call me, I picked an article to read- Screw finding your passion. No, I didn’t stumble upon it. I deliberately picked it up. Two reasons 1. the title & 2. Reading time (7mins). Very short as compared to most of his articles which takes 20-30 minutes to read. The article has a “hold your shoulders and shake you inside out” message, that we should do what we love irrespective of the value it brings from external sources (monetary, comments, likes, shares, appreciation, blah blah blah blah). And that’s what I did. So I started writing! What honestly helped is that the colleague still didn’t call me which didn’t break my chain of thoughts.
Ok! Are you still there? Impressive!! Then, let me think, why? Either
- You have nothing else to do 😝 or
- You got engaged in my article (should I take the credit?) or
- You like me (blush! 😉) or
- YOU HATE ME AND ARE TRYING TO KNOW IF AND HOW BADLY I AM DOING LOL.
Either ways, I am happy you are still here 😊 No, I’m not gonna give any “on your face” advice now for summary. For that you can visit Mark Manson or another recommendation, watch my Lord Krishna’s videos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEmurvMrWAs) for some pearls of wisdom (“pearls of wisdom”, is that still a thing? it was a thing during my school in elocution competitions)
All I want to say is that your passion is already with you. Your joy is with you, excitement, love is here with you right now. Stop looking, stop waiting, stop craving and don’t look for the “validation tag/title” for your joy, excitement or passion.
Bungee jumping, skydiving, driving on the autobahn at 200+ km/h. These can be the titles of your excitement. But that’s not IT. Reading a new book, trying a new recipe, chilling after a long day of work or just writing some shitty article like how I am doing right now, can also be exciting.
Taking a trip to Portugal, seeing a cute elephant baby, talking to your best friend, hugging your beloved, these could be the titles for happiness. Sitting at the kitchen table and sipping a warm coffee on a Sunday morning, can also be a title for happiness.
Becoming a famous painter, following your passion of acting, getting good at photography, excelling at your work, getting a lot of techie certifications and adding them to LinkedIn, these could be the titles of your passion. Despite that, just making a fine cup of tea with a touch of cardamom and ginger, cleaning and re-organizing your wardrobe, decorating your room or again just writing a random article like me because you got some time off at work, can also be passion.
Don’t seek for titles which are already created or accepted by the society, or titles which are valued by the community (Existentialist already?)
Just do it! Anything that gets your energy flowing at super speed or something that brings you to peace like a calm river, just do it. Don’t think of giving it a title or name. Let it be nameless, what value it brings and how it makes your soul dance is what is important. Quoting Shakespeare here —
“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Also, HELLO! As much as this advice is for you so it is for me. Don’t think that I sit at a higher chair than yours. I possibly sit on the ground, cross legged & pondering on what I just read. Never mind, I think a lot of (ir)relevant stuff went on today so we could end it here. I’m glad you stayed with me until so far! Kudos amigos!❤️