“I cannot say, and I will not say
That he is dead. He is just away.
With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into an unknown land
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since he lingers there.
And you—oh you, who the wildest yearn
For an old-time step, and the glad return,
Think of him faring on, as dear
In the love of There as the love of Here.
Think of him still as the same. I say,
He is not dead—he is just away.” ~~~James Whitcomb Riley
“Until the philosophy which hold one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned…
Everything is war. Me say war.
That until the’re no longer 1st class and 2nd class citizens of any nation…
Until the color of a man’s skin is of
no more significance than the color of his eyes, me say war. That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race me say war!”
― Bob Marley
As Asimov wrote, ““It was obvious that bigotry was never a one-way operation, that hatred bred hatred!” so also Marley’s quote seems apt at a time when racism and prejudice seems but a prominent hold not only in India but the world all over. We may have won freedom and have Democracy on our side in the end the bigotry that is in man alone is yet to be tamed. When will the day come when prejudice is tarnished and brotherhood born???
Well it’s a Tuesday afternoon, restless as always here I am, laptop on my lap, green tea on the side and a snoring 9 year old cat next to me contemplating what do I blog to you guys about . Well in my restlessness I have realized that the very root to my restlessness is the fact that I am a graduate student and basically jobless. Its funny how when one is in University one complains about the next novel or poem one has to read and do a paper on, well now, all that would seem quite enticing especially to a geek and a busy body that is me. So graduating University I have realized well firstly, the world is indeed one big pool where one doesn’t really know where to dive from. Your standing at the tip of the board contemplating “hmm, that seems like a better spot to dive into”. The ironic part is I am actually using a diving analogy and a pool when I am terrified of water. Anyway, steering away from what it is that I wanted to talk to you guys about. So, secondly, mornings, afternoons and night time all seem the same. You either fall into this complacent state of laziness of mundane existence that all seems like one long day. Thirdly, in my spare time I must admit I have managed to rediscover my love for the TV and yes videos on Youtube that as a literature student had once loss all time for, ah! yes, and a catch up on all the seasons of many shows.
Anyway, lets come back as to why I am writing this blog. As you may have noticed the title of this blog is revolving around the theme of decision making so here is what I have to say to any of you reading this especially those who are in the same group as me of the recent university graduates with no job in sight well dear fellow restless people do not fret. Do not settle for menial when your skill set is above such pay scale. Devote your time to surveying more opportunities and maybe schmooze a little with the right kind of people to give you a better outlook on how things go. If you are limited and bound to home state as am I, do not worry . Try making a list of prominent, semi-prominent and maybe avenues where your skill set and expertise may function well. The internet and media are the best forums for discovering possible jobs and keep all your eyes and ears open. Sensory perception works.
So, do not rush and settle. Yes, times are tough. Pressure to succeed and make the bucks is an important driving force but for sanity sake don’t comply and settle. Life is short. You won’t be young forever (yada yada)….we all know these speeches. Don’t do things which have no long time hold and at the same time you end up miserable. Realize that in decision-making you are just not affecting your life but others as well. So breathe, relax. Sip some tea and start making a list. Planning is key. Patience a virtue. Frustrating yourself will just make you dive off the board instead of testing the waters first. So reader, if you are going through the very same panic attacks and stress that I am going through don’t feel alone. We are all in the same boat.
So do what you love and want to do. Even if you have to start at the bottom. Don’t settle and regret. For life is short ,yet, is long enough for you to make the right mistakes. GOOD LUCK! and Godspeed! May all our quests have a pot of gold (literally) at the end of the journey. 😀
P.S. Don’t take this as inspirational mumbo-jumbo but more of a fellow struggler sharing some of her thoughts that some of you may or may not agree. In the end I wish you well. xo
“When sad she brings the thunder
And her tears, they bring the rain
When ill she feeds a poison
To us all to fell her pain
Her smiles they bring the sunshine
And the laughter and the wind
And the birds they go on singing
And the world is whole again.
“Smile, sweet Sunday,” Wednesday whispered in her ear. “The birds need your love so they can lift their wings.” Alethea Kontis, Enchanted
TODAY I AM THANKFUL! I am thankful that I managed to wake up out of bed this Sunday morning to feel the warmth of the sun. I am thankful that I have my father by my side having a cup of morning tea as he reads the morning papers. I am thankful for the pets that give me enough of a workout by running around after them…I could list many more mundane trivial things that I am thankful for but that’s me stretching it too much and I wouldn’t want to bore you reading it. The reason I wrote this entry based on this concept of being “Thankful” is because I feel that we as people have lost the ability to be thankful for the little things and are too concerned with the bigger details. We complain and worry over every single detail- our bodies, our clothes, our houses, our cars, our food, our jobs, our families, our friends, our relationships, school, college…the list is endless till how you hate your chipped nail. We don’t take the time to “breathe” and say I am grateful that I woke up. I am alive. We are so caught up in the darker details of our lives that we fail to see the light. Human beings are on this continuous cycle of always complaining. Dumping our problems is more of a regular habit than “actually” dumping the garbage. We would rather comment on the drawbacks than see the positives. Our social environment is no better. In a democratic world where power seems but the ultimate prize, as a country, we fail to be thankful that we are actually “Free” yet the fetters of greed and power ties us like a slave.
Its a Sunday morning, no one wants to wake up feeling like the world will suck them dry. So take the time to relax. Enjoy the day for what it is. Even God took time to not work and worry on this day. Rest. You may not be able to turn off your over-thinking mind but you can put it on pause for awhile. No matter how miserable you think your life maybe realize one definite truth YOU are ALIVE to live another day to change the OUTCOME. Be thankful for that. Life isn’t definite. What you feel today may change tomorrow. So take the opportunity to be Thankful. To say “up yours” negativity and hello beautiful morning. The world swallows you up when you allow it. For all I see today is a sunny morning and my neighbourhood kids ready for their Sunday school. I am thankful for the miseries, drawbacks and colossal mistakes that have enveloped my life for if not for them I won’t be here writing this. Spin it! That’s what I do. You know that saying when life gives you lemons you make lemonade well believe in it. All you got to do is see the light in the “darker details” ….. I am thankful for many things above all I am thankful for you (yes you) even if its one person reading this…
THANK YOU! <N
“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ~~Ansel Adams