Pause.

I took this picture after I had walked on the other side of the road. When I turned back for a swift second, I saw an old lady park her car on the curbside to capture this beautiful view. While looking at her, I thought to myself, isn’t that how we all should learn to appreciate life? To work hard on our dreams and goals, but also learn to stop for a while and just stare at the view, acknowledging where we are right now. To not forget about how peaceful even the small things in our life could be, if we just give them a try. This lady must’ve possibly seen hundreds of sunsets in her whole life and yet, the simple beauty of today’s sunset made her stop the car and admire it.

Right now, especially, we are all going through something and it’s okay to feel lost. To not being able to understand the unpredictability. But don’t let that take away what you are able to feel and understand, what you’ve always known. Take a small walk (make sure you wear a mask) and just try to soak in the beauty around you. Maybe this is not the place where you planned on spending the whole year, but nevertheless why not try to have a good time where you are? There is so much of beauty in and around you, only if you begin to look for it, you will find it!

During this pandemic, I’ve learnt to be more involved in the little things that bring joy to me. Be it cooking, gardening or writing. And watching the sunset during my evening walks only makes me feel grateful that I’m being able to feel good, just by admiring the beautiful sky, by smiling at my neighbors, by getting excited when the flowers start to bloom from the plants I grew, trying my hand at baking and laughing at my failed pizza-from-scratch attempts (I’ve gotten better now!). I believe that until I’m able to do so, I know things will turn out just fine.

While you’re striving so hard to achieve that big dream, don’t forget to pause for those tiny moments of happiness too.

2020

This year has been nothing but a roller-coaster ride! Catching up with old friends and family only made me realize that we are all going through so many things, things you at times can’t fathom why they’re happening to you. How you started the year full throttle, but now you have to keep pulling the brakes until you make it through, while you see some people still going at full speed. And that’s okay. It is all okay.

One important thing I’ve observed is how important it is to let your dear ones know that it’s okay to fail. To tell them, “I want you to succeed at the thing you’re working hard on right now. But, it’s important for you to know that it’s okay even if it doesn’t. And I’ll be here to hold your hand no matter what.”

So, it’s okay if you’re single right now, but haven’t given up on finding love.

It’s okay if you’re away from your loved ones, but consider yourself lucky that you are able to talk to them everyday.

It’s okay if you don’t have a job right now, but are working towards it.

It’s okay if you don’t have the money for your start up idea, but you still carry the dream with you.

It’s okay if the dream wedding you planned couldn’t happen, but you’re still marrying the right person.

Because even if these things don’t work out the way you had planned, you’ve still got yourself. And realizing your own worth is so-so important in life! Knowing that WHATEVER curveball life throws at you, you are capable enough to get through it. Sometimes just getting through is also an achievement. And if you’re doing it today without any self doubts, you’re doing so much better in life, my friend! This too shall pass. 🙏🏻✨

Reflections.

Someone once told me that if someone is being nice to you, that’s probably because you’re a nice person too. And this thought has stayed with me since then. How often do we think about how our words and actions affect the other person? That these are the outlets that reflect a part of your own personality.

We’ve often heard about the word “karma” being used when someone gets payback for their wrongdoings. Karma doesn’t mean that only bad things will happen to you. It means your actions define what you get in return. Hence, if you’re sending out good vibes around, you will receive them in return. Basically, what goes around, comes around. I am a true believer in karma. And I believe that we need to start taking responsibility for our actions. No person in this world is perfect. But, if we start making a conscious effort in improving the lives around us, we ourselves are paving the path to living a fulfilling life.

We could all start by doing tiny bits of kindness like saying Hi to your neighbor, smiling at a stranger, checking up on a friend, sometimes going out of your way to help someone, providing food to someone who needs it, celebrating your friends/families small and big successes, etc. It doesn’t always have to be a huge gesture, just remember a small deed of kindness can make someone’s day. We are all fighting our own battles. So, it wouldn’t really hurt to try to make someone’s life a little better, in our own little way.

Right now, we need kindness a little more in this world than usual!

Spread love and light.🌟