Initially I thought about writing about what I like in response to the Day 2 task of writing101. But then, why not impart some introspection from the ones that I like. My biggest source of lessons has been Meredith Grey from Grey’s Anatomy, Calvin and Hobbes and Emily from Revenge. Sometimes I do wonder if I was supposed to be born as a fictional character or not.
The Lessons that played the greatest impact in my life:
Life has no order or direction – Calvin and Hobbes
In the race of living a life and surviving, we have adopted the predictable mode of existence. Life is not supposed to be simple. There is no well-experimented path which will guarantee success. Today’s effort will not work tomorrow. Life is unpredictable and one should enjoy it so. Living in the present accounts for true happiness.
Change is the only thing that is constant and true. And that is the only one thing that some people are afraid to embrace.
“Change is a shark in the ocean. Change never stops, never sleeps: it must always keep moving. The good news is if you hate the way things are, they will change. The bad news is if you love the way things are, they are certain to change as well. The only thing inevitable about life is change, not death. Change is here to stay!” Change is here to stay and change is what makes life beautiful. You enjoy sunshine after months of rainy days, you enjoy rains after months of sunshine. One of the most ironical yet poignant truth of life is that we wouldn’t enjoy sunshine if there were no rains and vice versa. Change is how we evolve and experience life.
Try try till you succeed – Meredith Grey, Ggrey’so Anatomy
“A couple hundred years ago Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his success. Never leave that ’til tomorrow, which you can do today. This is the man who discovered electricity; you’d think we’d pay more attention to what he had to say. I don’t know why we put things off, but if I had to guess it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure, fear of pain, fear of rejection. Sometimes the fear is just of making a decision. Because… What if you’re wrong? What if you make a mistake you can’t undo? Whatever it is we’re afraid of, one thing holds true: That by the time the pain of not doing the thing gets worse than the fear of doing it, it can feel like we’re carrying around a giant tumor. And you thought I was speaking metaphorically…
‘The early bird catches the worm.’ ‘A stitch in time saves nine.’ ‘He who hesitates is lost.’ We can’t pretend we haven’t been told. We’ve all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time; heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Still, sometimes we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today’s possibility under tomorrow’s rug until we can’t anymore. Until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin meant. That knowing is better than wondering. That waking is better than sleeping. And that even the biggest failure, even the worst most intractable mistake, beats the hell out of not trying.”
Mistakes are what makes us human. It should not be a detrimental factor to you life. It should not be the reason why you do not succeed in life. Life is worth taking risks for.
Truth always matters – Emily Thorne, Revenge
“All too often, we mask truth in artifice, concealing ourselves for fear of losing the ones we love or prolonging a deception for those we wish to expose. We hide behind that which brings us comfort from pain and sadness or use it to repel a truth too devastating to accept.”
People often forget that hurt of a moment is nothing compared to pain of deception for the lifetime. Truth is the ultimate freedom.