20 years ago, I …
I was in Class 11.
I loved to groove to Britney Spears debut song … “Baby one more time”. And yes, it did change the pop music for the years to come. Can’t believe the song is also 20 years old now!
I was quite naive and looked at the world through my pink-tinted glasses. Always took people at face value and lead a very secure life within the four walls of my boarding school. And like every other teenager, I would be deep in my books trying to prepare for that entrance exam which decided my future.
However, looking back I feel, that there are some things which I should have known. 20 years back I was at crossroads where I was pondering over what I wanted? What is it that would keep me awake all night? The idea of real-life calling. Still, I would love to tell my 17-year-old to:
Make no excuses and find a solution for everything. The reality is that no one is actually certain about what they are doing, but they just make it look as though they know what they are doing.
Chase your dreams and create plans on how to achieve them. Try to focus on what makes you happy and find your calling.
Work on self-development by reading and doing things that look fun. Try to become better with each passing day.
Maintain a journal as it helps in becoming a better thinker and writer. Ok, I don’t want the 17-year-old to become a writer but writing helps to communicate clearly. Practising writing every day would help in future.
Help without anything in return and expectations. When you help others without anything in return then amazing things happen. You will realise that it comes back to you in the most unexpected and beautiful manner.
Fear nothing at all as long as it does not threaten your existence. Step out of your comfort zone, do what you want to and enrich your life ten times. Be brave and stand for yourself. Believe in yourself and the world will follow you!
Life is a constant cycle of learning. As Socrates puts it,
“I know one thing, that I know nothing.”
Similarly, believing in this can make us learn so many things. Learning not only from our mistakes but also from the mistakes of our friends and family. These 20 years, I have come a long way, sometimes feeling that I know all. But I am quick to take Socrates advice that I know nothing at all so that each day I learn something new.
What would you like to tell your younger self? I would love to know your thoughts on the same!
The prompt for this month is ‘20 years ago, I.’. I received this tag from Jyoti Babel at Jyoti’s Pages. It’s my pleasure to pass on this tag to Shilpa Gupte at Fictionista. There are 29 of us on this Blog Hop and it will be spread over 3 days – 1st, 2nd and 3rd November 2019. Do follow the #WordsMatter Blog Hop and prepare to be surprised!