Recently, Chetan Bhagat (this dude needs no introduction – he’s always in the news, irrespective of the good or bad, he’s there), gave a very touching speech. Here’s a small extract from it …
Don’t just have 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 is no point of getting a promotion on the day of your break-up.
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 marble.
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 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 2,500 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, fall in love, little fights with your spouse. We are people, not programmed devices.
“Don’t be serious, be sincere.”
God gave me nothing i wanted, But he gives me everything I need.
Be Happy . ENJOY THIS BLESSING CALLED LIFE…
How many of us actually follow what he said? How many of us are willing to compromise on the career front to be able to enjoy a better family life? And finally, how many of us agree, that though this sounds good in principle, it is very difficult to follow such a path and prioritize “balanced” over “successful”? ???
I personally liked the part where he compares life to a prepaid validity card. Life is really that short.. Infact most electronic gadgets we own today, are designed and manufactured to last longer than us!! And the calculation that we have just another 2500 odd weekends left, really scared me. Gosh! Thats too little… I already have a list of “to do”s and “must do”s and “want to do”s which would take up a lot more than the 2500 odd weekends …
Well, so after reading extract of the speech, I resolve to take life a little easy… Maybe spend some more time with my family and friends … Maybe call people a little more often (friends reading this must already be nodding their heads and saying “another resolution.. lets see when she gets around to actually calling”)… Maybe spend some more time curled up in bed, reading a book (now I see my mom nodding her head and saying “I’d rather you did x, y, z work for me”) … Maybe spend a few more moments of fun and frolic with my colleagues (and now I can see my colleagues saying “she’s anyway always laughing .. and now some more !” and my boss saying “I’d rather you work a bit more ….”)…
Well jokes apart, I will definitely enjoy life a lot more from now onwards .. This little extract also reminded me of a one-liner witty comment “Dont take life so seriously, you don’t come out of it alive, anyway”…. And yes, I have started living upto my resolutions by actually posting on the blog after a good 6 weeks (during which, I did take life a bit too seriously!!)…