On Turning 20 and Beyond

In half an hour my teenage years will end forever(this was when I began writing). A golden period with ups and downs, the former easily outclassing the latter. My life is changing, as is everyone’s around me- in particular and in general. And now, though I might not want to believe it or accept it, but responsibilities are coming to get me. Duties are inching ever closer.

All those days of listlessly whiling  away time are far behind already. And now, the days of enjoying without a care of the world are also going to decrease significantly. Studies, Office and Classes are going to take up a significant amount of my time (they already are). My cricket bat is being gradually replaced by office files. My team mates by colleagues. And the college group is being replaced by the office group. 

And as I see it, my time has now come, for the better or the worse- that depends on me and me alone. I can either take the worn out path, or I can choose to walk on the road less travelled. And as much as I hate to say it, but I’ll have to admit it, that I’m confused.  I’m weak. I’m also scared. But then aren’t we all? We all have some insecurities, certain Achilles’ heel, right?! 

However, I have resolved to not let them become a hurdle. I am going to make it large, no matter what. I have resolved to leave a mark behind. Otherwise like Swami Vivekananda said,” What is the difference between you and the trees and the rocks? They too come into existence, decay and die.”  

Dreams- I have a lot of dreams. But there is a great difference between having dreams and living the dream. I want to live my dreams. Obviously, it will take a lot of effort and dedication, but I’m ready for the challenges. At times there will be rejections and dejections, and this post is for those times- to remind me of why I started this journey, to remind me of how far I’ve already reached. 

Time- Now that almost one third of my life is over, I have begun to realise that time is not my ally (better late than never). Infact, it never was. Nor mine, nor yours or anybody else’s. We are not immortals. Today I’ve fully understood what Charles Darwin meant, when he said,” A man who dares to waste one hour of his time has not discovered the value of his life.”

We must understand that being here and now, in the present- that’s important. Time misleads beautifully. We can learn from the past, but we can’t relive it or correct it. We can hope of a future, but we don’t know if there will be one. Sound ironic, doesn’t it? Thus, we must never waste our time in past or future, anger or grudges, regrets or worries.. because life is too short and there is a lot to achieve! 



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A Silent Spectator

In this journey of life, keep your eyes on the wonderful backgrounds. They pass by only once and if you are busy tredding on that worn road, then they are lost forever.

15 thoughts on “On Turning 20 and Beyond”

  1. Hello,
    I see you’re a CA Student.
    As a CA Student myself , to be honest and frank I’ve experienced a lot of ups and downs in this journey. You should be proud that you have chosen the path that a very few dare to choose. Literally. From being a topper in school days, this course has taught me failure. But failure is never a failure until you learn and improve!!
    You really need to have that kind of motivation to get through.
    Beware, there will be ups and downs.
    But you have to reach the top – for you , yourself.

    All the best to you!
    Believe in yourself. ✌🏻

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  2. I could relate to each and every thing. Beyond a point I wondered if it was alternate universe’s Me who had written this post.
    It would be only logical if I followed AU’s Me. πŸ˜‹

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