New Year, New Me. Seriously?

2016 will end in a matter of time. We all are gearing up to welcome 2017 with a lot of zeal. This year has been a year of ups and downs. We have lost some acclaimed people and have found some new too. New friends are connected in life. Those so called FOREVER friends are nowhere to be seen.

Like every year a lot of these “My goal for 2017 is to accomplish 2016 goals which I planned in 2015.” Memes are making rounds these days about clichéd and hyped NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS. The real joke is on us. We always make gym resolutions which we break within first week of January. Health is constantly neglected while collecting wealth. Then we end up spending that extra earned money at doctors. We plan the solo trip to mountains or sand dunes but always procrastinate over something. While I sit and pen these words down, many of our friends have got their start ups up and running. Someone is a travel blogger, another is fashion blogger. Many others I know are doing what they dreamt of doing.

A common thing between all these people is that they did not wait for New Year to realize their dreams. They had an aim in mind. Every single action was towards fulfilling that goal. Everyday day of their life. I’m sure you as well have many such friends and people you know of. Plan, explore and execute. Do what makes you happy. Responsibilities will always be there. Take out time for yourself from your schedule and dedicate it towards your own development. You cannot bring back the time that is gone. What you still have is the time that is yet to come. Take that solo trip you’ve always wanted to take. Read the book you have in your to read list. Express your feelings to your loved ones.

Let the coming time be the best time of your life. Happy New Year!!

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Generation Us : RICH & Unhappy

We have actually forgotten what happiness feel likes, in a mad run trying to pursue it.

-Parixitanand

As a child, my holidays comprised of cousins coming over with us playing in house games during afternoons and physical games in the evening. Parents took us for a picnic once or twice during the whole vacation as and when they could manage time. Life was simple back then. We played card games, hide& seek, marbles, lagorio, kho and lot other games which kids today might not even have heard of. When confined to house, nintendo games were our entertainment, or simply stories from grandparents. Making paper boats , running races and so many other activities that did not involve anything but us. We were hap hap happy smiling faces. Happiness back than was not quantifiable.

Fast forward to 2016 where we are 2o something. World is a revolutionary place right now. Landlines are replaced by smartphones. Not just one but gazillions of them right out in the market at your disposal. You just have to log in to some e-commerce app on your cellphone and boom, it will do all work for you. You don’t even have to step out of your house to buy one for there is home delivery.   We are always connected to our friends via Social media sites. We know what our favorite celebs are up to. We earn 5 figure salaries. World class cuisine available in many places across the country. Fashion brands are flocking their way to our nation because we are able to afford them. Name a brand and we have it in any vertical you say. We go watch release of international movies. Some of us also are fortunate enough to have international vacations. All this and still we are not happy.

I wondered about this over days and weeks and realized why we are not happy. We see our colleague’s post on social media about dining at a fancy restaurant, we hit a like and make a mental note to go at a more expensive restaurant. And upload pictures. We buy high end vehicles on backbreaking EMIs to feel happy.  We buy first copies and we flaunt it as originals. We shell out a fortune to buy latest phones trying to satisfy our own ego.  We envy Sharmaji ka beta who is now a startup guy whose startup got funded in millions, failed and now he’s a key note speaker about failed startups. We feel we are better deserving than him. Our friend’s promotion in their office makes us furious.

And why do we do that? Cause somewhere in our mind, we have started quantifying the happiness with materialistic possession. We no more get happiness out of what we do. We get it out of how much other applaud us for it or latest gadgets, brands we have. Our hunger is now endless. We want to wear best brands, use latest phones, go to fancy hotels and update all this on social media. Having people liking us and our world made of fake gives us ego boost. We feel its happiness. It is NOT. It was never. What is latest today will become outdates tomorrow. Bubbles and hypes of today will burst in time. How long are we gonna keep doing this? This is not going to survive forever. Nor are we. We gotta STOP.

Happiness should not be based on what you possess. It should not be based on anything for that fact of matter. Have you seen your pet wagging their tail at you when you come back from work? That is happiness. Selfless happiness. Have you noticed ever, kids will always laugh when you catch them behind curtain playing hide and seek? They will be happy. Go out and see sun rising, birds singing, tress dancing. Wind flowing … All these are nature’s way to show its happiness. It looks so beautiful. Feel it. Don’t find happiness outside. It lies within you. Do any one thing that you like to do apart from your routine. It can be as simple as taking a walk. Anything you like; dancing, bathroom singing, gardening. You’ll be surprised to see how happy you feel.  Next time you see some kids on a street, get them candies. Trust me their smiles will fill your heart with joy.

If you wake up every day under roof, are able to afford meal, have water drink and have clothes to hide your nakedness, be happy. Be grateful. You are richer than 80% people on this globe. Learn this and you’ll survive and win toughest battles of life.

The pursuit of happiness starts within.

100 Healthy Weeks

Today’s time is a constant competition time. All of us compete with each other and our selves to have a richer, more comforting and luxurious lifestyle. Corporates hire employees who will work their asses off to get better numbers than others for some extra salary.  In this whole rat race, most of us forget to focus ourselves. Those who focus, mainly on appearance and not on complete well being.

I was falling into a different category. The one who was not very much concerned about appearance not complete well being. I knew I should but say I was being lazy and busy. Making a few extra bucks mattered more than shredding some extra pounds. Then there the D Day. I felt itch in the throat and before I knew I was down with fever 101. It took me good week to recover and that’s when 100 Healthy weeks was thought of. If we can be whatever we desire to, why not be healthy?

It’s been a week since the project is on. So fare I have walked around 35000 steps and burnt 1500 calories.

Day starts around 6:15 and by 6:30 I start with light cardio. (exercises are pushups, high jumps, squats, butterfly etc ) Back workout is gonna be essence of Feb for me to develop stronger back. 30 minutes of Cardio followed by walk on the beach for another 30 (trust me its so god-damn fun) and then 30 minutes of Yoga.

  • I feel difference already. Focus at work is improved. I dont feel like munching every hour now.
  • my palms twitch less to check my phone every time it beeps.

I also made a few changes in food I eat.  Less carbs and lot of leafy veggies and fibres. Cut down on sugar and caffeine. Effect was immediate.  I wake up all fresh and do not feel dehydrated any more.

There are 99 more to come. Lets be healthy. Keep your suggestions coming. 🙂