A quote unquote… and my interpretation of it

Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”

Some days back, I came across this quote by Hans Christian Andersen shared by a friend on her timeline, and it got me thinking, obviously, what else can one expect from a thinker! 🙂 I am someone who draws inspiration from nature, so I took some time understanding and analysing the quote in my way.

The first thing that came to my mind was that the quote had elements of Nature in it – such as Sunshine and flower. And then there was the inclusion of the element of freedom as well. I knew what I wanted to write and present it through, well – pictures obviously. I have been traveling extensively through North Bengal for the past few days collecting moments and thankfully so, I soon fished out three pictures depicting Sunshine, Freedom and Flower, that portrayed exactly what was going through my mind. Here you go.

The above photograph was taken during our drive from Darjeeling to Kalimpong in West Bengal. There was a stop over at the picturesque Teesta – Rangeet Valley viewpoint. For me, this picture is a perfect example of sunshine for the quote. The silver lining is a reminder that no matter what, you have the power to shine through darkness. “Be your own sunshine” – that’s the motto. The sun’s nature is to shine, nothing can stop it from following it’s nature. Follow and be your own Natural self – that is all.

This picture is an “on-the-go” click, meaning it was shot from a moving car. Couldn’t have done much about it, we were driving from Kalimpong to Siliguri, the car was on the highway with the river Teesta flowing by, and we couldn’t stop the car. So I clicked it just like that, on intuition. I think it worked 🙂 What better way to denote freedom than a river itself!? A river, for me portrays detachment and attachment both. That’s true freedom. The flow is detachment, the goal to meet the sea is attachment, and losing her identity as she meets the sea is true love and detachment mixed with attachment. A river teaches us to live in the moment, while pursuing our goals. It’s about enjoying the journey, the process, always. So once you reach the destination, revel in your success, and then start thinking – what next. The mantra is to learn and grow. And help others learn and grow along with you.

Flowers – one of the most beautiful creations of Nature, can make anyone’s heart melt. This picture was clicked somewhere in Kurseong, I call these as wallflowers, because I found them growing out from anywhere, even walls! This picture is pretty close to my heart. I feel it signifies courage and bravery. In life, you will have to make many choices. To choose between right and wrong is one such choice. This flower denotes conscience and consciousness to me. It’s the inner voice. How would you respond to difficult situations? Are situations really difficult, or do we only perceive them as such? Determination, justice, character – these are what can make or break you. Choose wisely. Bloom. Stand apart from the rest if you have to. Stand up for what is right.

To sum it all up, some of us end up just existing. Living is something more than just existing. Don’t just exist. You are powerful enough to create the life you desire. Know yourself. Check out your goals, chalk out plans, surround yourself with people who fuel your energy, be enthusiastic yourself, reach out to people in need, be kind to yourself and strong enough to let go of things that are not meant for you to grow and fight for what are truly meant for your growth. Practise justice. Don’t take others or yourself for granted. Stop seeking happiness, because it’s right there within you. Find yourself, be yourself, love yourself. And have a lot of fun. That’s what living is all about.

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Unfear the Dark – It is the only way to Light

I have always been intrigued by mystery. Perhaps that explains my love for reading thrillers as a child. While the reading has lessened as I grew, yes, I consider myself guilty for that; the inclination towards the dark and unknown has grown manifold. The blend of curiosity and allowing things to unfold is what holds my interest. As a photography enthusiast, call it serendipity, I occasionally find myself at places that are comparatively unclicked, naturally underexposed and spurs my imagination. This picture below is one such example. This was taken inside The Rajbari Bawali, near Kolkata in West Bengal. I love the idea of playing with light as a photographer. Light, or sometimes, the lack of it.

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“There’s nothing to be afraid of the dark. You’ll get to know 2 things. One – identify how and who all put you in there. Two – how and who all accompany you to take you out of there.”

I couldn’t think of any better words than these to caption the picture.

“There’s nothing to be afraid of the dark. You’ll get to know two things. One – identify how or who all put you in there. Two – how and who all accompany you out of there.”

It is amazing how a picture can speak a thousand words. And generate so many emotions all at once. Friends, are an integral part in everyone’s lives. Some of us get really lucky with true friends, while some people do come as friends only to let us know later that they were never the ones to be trusted.

All I would want to say here is that – Do not fear the dark – as it is the only way to understand the light. Understand your ignorance, only then will you be able to appreciate knowledge and learning. It really doesn’t matter who stays and who doesn’t. After all, it is You who has to help yourself. Some people will be there for you in your journey – be thankful for that. Some people won’t walk with you – accept it, let go and move on. Those who stay are meant to stay, so they stay – how beautiful is that! Just carry on with your journey – day and night are both part of it. You’ll learn out of both situations anyway. Happiness and unhappiness, both are choices that You make. So, pull yourself up, keep believing and keep doing what you got to do to love yourself. While I brace myself up as usual and continue doing what I got to do 🙂

Cheers!

It’s all about equality, it always was…

So, it’s March 8th… And I thought it best not to get into the “celebrate / uncelebrate” debate… All I know is I celebrate myself everyday! I reach for my dreams everyday. And I inspire others to go for their dreams every moment I get the chance. And I know there are a lot of men and women who are just as strong. Courage, strength, patience, respect for self and others, hunger for knowledge is not gender dependent. They need not be. Soft skills are meant for everyone to follow, as being tough is too when situation demands. Stereotype was created here, in this world. Stereotype actually has no meaning. Let’s celebrate the differences and the sameness, both. Irrespective of gender. Let’s find out and respect who is great at what, irrespective of gender.

I celebrate each one of you because you have the power to show your true potential.

Celebrate who you are. Respect who the other is. Nothing else matters. And everyday is my day, your day, our day.

Love,
Tee ❤

A Thing to think; a Thinking of many things

As I tapped on the Facebook icon today, the first thing that I came across was a video. It depicted how some people enter our lives for many reasons – some to teach us, help us grow in our journey, show how to love again, and remind us how beautiful we are. While some others come to hurt us and show us what we do not want. Whoever they are, whatever they do, they were or are there to teach us a lesson. Everything happens for a reason.

The video made me smile. What brings me joy and gratitude is the fact that this one video – all of just about one and a half minutes, made me think. And think so deep, that here I am penning down my thoughts. Well, that’s what makes a writer I guess? And that’s the second thing that I feel grateful for today – all my well wishers who have told me some day or the other – “You think too much, don’t think too much.” My heartfelt gratitude to them. Because they had said this to me once, I have come to acknowledge certain realities. Everything happens for a reason, right? 🙂

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Yes, I do think. And that sets me apart. But I was not this self assured all the time. There were doubts. And I too, am guilty of judging myself once upon a time because of being told that I “thought too much”. Today I am in a better position because I have accepted this trait as a positive, self-constructive trait. Thankfully so. What exactly is too much or too little thinking? How do we define when is the right time to think what we think? Is it the duration, or the content of what we think? There is a difference between brooding and reflecting. Brooding makes you question – makes you fixed around a problem only – which might not be a problem at all. It is just what your mind is making out of a situation. Here you allow the mind to control you, your emotions and subsequently your actions, or the lack of it. Reflecting on the other hand, makes your mind question, but does not stop there. It goes on to look for answers. Solution oriented, as jargon calls it. Knowingly or unknowingly, you are the one who controls your mind when you reflect on something, rather than the other way round. Unless you allow your mind to question, you heart will never get to answer. And from the moment you get to the answer, there is no looking back. That’s the beauty and magic of constructive thinking. Now, does that make sense? I am sure it does 🙂

The quality of our lives depends on the quality of our thoughts, and for some people, thoughts shape their life. Even livelihood for some. Writers are thinkers. If writers don’t think, they wouldn’t be writers. Today I am at ease with myself. It’s not that I think too much, it’s just that I think. I reflect. I dare. I question. I answer. I write. And why wouldn’t I? I am just being me that way. I am a writer.