The L word

Learning is about inspiration, not information!

You are never really “done” learning. Learning is a constant process that keeps your mind alive and functioning. It can be thought of as breathing for your brain, once you stop doing it, your brain becomes dead<so to speak!> Idle mind is a devils playground. And when you stop assimilating knowledge, your brain becomes idle and starts wandering off in unproductive directions with you having no control over them!

When you do not feed your mind important, informative, intellectual <and other words starting from i that’ll make you think I’m smart> things to think about, it’ll usually result in you pondering over problems and overthinking, which is not healthy for either you or your brain. Keep your mind busy enough so it does not have time to think and worry about all the things that do not exist. Overthinking causes you to worry about the most unlikely scenarios <Imagine some witty example of why overthinking is a mess!>

We can all agree that education system, which says it is teaching something to kids, is heavily flawed. A bunch of kids — each definitely unique in their own ways, with obviously different interests, and who will all take varied amounts of time to comprehend and learn something are taught the same thing over a same period of time and are tested on the basis of their understanding of that! In my opinion, these tests determine the ability of the teacher to convey the information more than the student’s intellectual ability. <Many Indians nodding furiously in approval>

Since the obvious choice of learning seems to be below par, what do we do? Well, the Internet is a wonderful place to turn to at this time. We are fortunate to be a part of a world where you can Google anything and information about it appears for free, at your convenience.

Think about it, Internet is like your portable library+personal advisor+intellectual partner in crime.

In a world where information is so easily and readily available, the irony is that not many access and make use of it. We instead use the Internet for social media stalking and validation purposes. There’s nothing wrong with that but I urge you to take one small break from that routine and to focus on learning something new. It is a very small change in your life that could lead to many good things.


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Rejection and Response

You have probably heard of how rejection and mistakes are good things. How they shape who you are and teach you valuable lessons. Well, it is true and false at the same time. Lessons are taught by nature at all times. But these are useful only if you heed to what they are saying and understand that these need to be taken in a positive way. The teachings of life can so easily be ignored because of the mere fact that it is indeed free!

Simply failing and making up excuses for your inadequacy isn’t going to benefit you from anyway. Make sure you are taking something away from these mistakes and learn how to better yourself the next time you have to do the task. Analysis and preparation are crucial for turning the failures into something of value. So, stop giving bullshit excuses to yourself and start analysing where you are going wrong.

We all get rejected and it sucks! Nobody likes being told “you aren’t good enough“, “your skills aren’t sufficient“, or even “better luck next time“. But you gotta remember, the comeback is always better than the setback. And you need to make sure that you aren’t repeating the same thing over and over. I’ve written about how harmful these patterns are Read here!

Here’s a basic system that you can use in order to get something valuable out of this rejection:

  • Put an end to denial – Stop thinking you are greater than thou and admit you failed
  • Review what you did or didn’t do against what you should have done
  • Figure out where you went wrong. If you can’t do it on your own, ask for help. There’s no shame
  • Now, that you’ve figured where you’ve gone wrong, start working towards how to make it right!

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ANNOUNCEMENT: NEW YouTube Channel!

Hey guys,

I am happy to tell you all that I have started a new Channel on YouTube to be able share my ideas better and in a better way and I hope you guys find it interesting, I would greatly appreciate it if you could take a look at the channel and support it. Thank you in advance.

Here is my video, introducing myself and why I started YouTube:

What if the world comes to an end?

Then , we build it up again!

In the recent light of events, there seems to be a sense of fear and negativity among many of us. Some of us are expecting the worst to happen and we are terrified of it. We are creating instances in our heads that are noxious to our well-being. The media is portraying a very morbid picture of what the future holds and people are alarmed because of that. But the truth is, none of us know how the future will pan out and you cannot be afraid of it simply because of speculations.

There are terrible racist incidents happening in the US but linking every one of them to President-elect Trump is unjustified. These happened even before he was elected, racism was not born because of Donald Trump it was very much in existence before and it is important that you do not create more panic by linking each story incident to this and paint a ghastly picture!

If you cannot spread peace and love, do not speculate and spread bad news.

Talk more about the things you love and celebrate what you want to see more of.

Stop creating a villain out of Donald Trump before he has even had a chance to step into power. Sure, he has said terrible and horrifying things during his campaign but the truth is we really do not know what the future holds and postulating that the world is going to be a terrible place is unreasonable.

But of course, there is a possibility that bad things might happen but so long as we all stay together and promote love, bad things will go away. Stop turning against each other, not everyone that voted for Trump is a racist or sexist! Please acknowledge that and try to accept people’s choices. This is what democracy has to offer, accept it and try to promote love and support to everyone.


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Stop trying to fix me

We get disappointed sometimes. We fuck up. We get tired of hustling so hard. We get confused. We overthink. We oversleep.

This is all normal. This is all natural.

But have you noticed, when we talk about these to someone — your friend, family member or anybody— they always jump straight into giving advice. They want to tell you what to do, how to do and a routine to follow. They’ll give you solutions, ways to tackle, and overcome this ‘phase of life’. Steps to be productive, a morning routine, an evening routine, a micro habit that you MUST do to change your life. And what not!

I appreciate the urge and the eagerness to help, but please stop now! And I mean this in the politest way ever. Sometimes, I just want to rant, feel helpless, let it all out without wanting any ‘solutions’. I will ask for your help if I need, please do not shove it down my throat when all I want you to do is listen. Just listen to me go on about how I have not done any work this week. Listen to me rant about that annoying person I met on the bus. Or the time I was confused about my career choice. Also, the time when I was overwhelmed during my birthday surprise! Just. Listen.

This is not an order but a request. Stop trying to fix everything. Stop trying to fix me. I am not broken; just living. I’m bound to complain and rant. I’m allowed to do that. I understand the urge to wanna fix something—I have it too, it is human nature to want everything perfect and shiny. But I’ve learned to let it go and take life as it is.

I will surely ask for your assistance if I need it. But until then… Just Listen.


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Opinions are not facts

Everyone in this world has many different opinions about many different things around us. We have opinions about movies, politics, cats, dogs, music, books, dance, guitars, cars, pens, sex, love, space and what not! No one can say they do not have an opinions about something; because we are human beings and we are supposed to think and create an impression about the things that happen around us and to us. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. We must perceive things and understand them and develop preferences for certain things over the other. We need to see all the different events and cultivate different views about them. That’s what we are meant to do and that’s why we are given the privilege think and if we didn’t do that, we’d be wasting our brain’s abilities.

So, all of us are entitled to our own opinions. Every single one of us. But..

We have misused that right. We have come to believe that opinions are facts and that what we think and how we see is the only way to look at things. Let me elaborate:

Just because you have seen something in a certain way and developed an idea about it, it doesn’t mean everyone in this world is gonna agree with you. In fact, most of them might disagree with you. You do not have to right to assume that your sentiment is a fact and you sure as hell should not stuff it in people’s face. Learn to respect other people’s viewpoint and try to understand that. Everyone can teach you something you don’t know. In fact, listening to their idea may help you to look at it in a way you never thought of before.

Discussion is an exchange of information. Argument is an exchange of ignorance.

Stop being ignorant of the people around you. In this world of social media, you can share your views across continents in a matter of seconds, which is what I’m doing right now, so you need to be able to accept others take on the matter and be open to new ideas and discussions. You might be used to the idea that you’ve developed but that doesn’t make it true; not does it make the other person’s notion less valuable.

Also, it is important to understand that your opinion of something doesn’t make it a reality or the truth. It is simply the way you have seen the issue or event and how your brain has come to understand it. I kindly request you to think before dismissing someone’s impression of a matter. Before talking about anything ask yourself three things

  • Is it necessary?
  • Is it kind?
  • Does it make a difference.

If the answer to any one of those questions is no, may be you should just keep quiet. Stop hurting and attacking others sentiments. Keep calm and love well.

Everyone can have their own opinion, everyone cannot have their own fact.