There are two gifts we should give our children; one is roots and the other is wings.
Seldom we are grateful for the kind of brought up we all have been bestowed upon. Who and what we are is defined heavily by our parents.
Like or dislike it, we receive a sort of exposure because of them. Since our birth, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the games we play, the words we speak, the expressions of ours, the reactions, the beliefs, the values, trust, faith, everything is shaped by them.
The sort of education we get, therefore the kind of peer group we move with, the friends we make and the connections thereafter, everything is sowed as seeds by them. Discovering our own selves, our talent, our strengths is also facilitated by them.
And there are some parents who guide us like a light through all the years until we make our own decisions based on choices available to us. And there are some who will continue to parent us. And, there are also many, who face life’s reality at an early age and lead life on their own figuring things out.
Which is ideal? We can never generalize that, for its completely circumstantial. Having said that, it’d be great if all acknowledge and count on our blessings for whoever we are today, merely for our existence.
Yes, I am glad, I am alive this morning and have another day to experience life. 🙂
In Chennai, there isn’t just one spot which is my favorite, but many such places. But, I am going to pick one that I frequently visit – Marina Beach.
Marina has a charm that makes it very personal for me to connect and visit it every now and then.
Marina has seen a part of my soul – my best of laughter and sorrowful tears.
Marina is about 6.5kms long (From Island grounds to Light house) and has been my regular running path.
Marina has allowed me to sing to its waves, shiver to its thunder & lightning, dance to its uncovered rain.
Marina has made me see Chennai in its truest sense – from the rag pickers to the owner of an Audi, it treats everyone the same and takes them into its arms with no bias.
Marina is home when I need to pause and reflect on life.
Marina reminds me of a future ahead of me – for its been a witness to my life and growing up, in some sense.
Marina makes me feel I am home, everytime I land in Chennai after traveling out.
Marina, we will continue to have this bond, for we also made a deal to see you when I turn 60 years old. Probably with my special someone, Sriram.
May 29, 5:30am – 10am,
Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu
fresh cold of breeze, leaving me with goosebumps.
as we drove along the tiny lanes of ootacamund to reach the beautiful destination – lovedale school.
at 7am, we started a run, that will be etched in my thoughts, for the beautiful memories i made.
15kms covering sheer beauty,
for nature is par above us.
the flowers, the trail, the trees, the wet grass, the street dogs that looked well kept, the hills, the tiny roads.
the continuous breeze, the eucalyptus smell, the wet mud, the clouds.
the view of tiny colourful houses presented like a step cultivation.
the fellow runners – kids, loners, lovers, friends, couples, families.
there was beauty in every little thing.
and, most importantly, myself, my thoughts about a lot of new things. learning and discovering myself, for this was really “my time”.
grateful for the magical experience, for i only felt ecstatic and blissful throughout this journey.
thank you Go Heritage Run – Ooty team, it’s volunteers and my friends – Karthik Natarajan, Ashwanth Kumar and everyone else (you all know who you are), who made this possible for me.
You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.
– Swami Vivekananda
I feel very insignificant to share my views on this, but, somewhere one has to reflect their thoughts, right?
The simplest things in life is ‘To be’. As I type this, I am aware that, I have gotten this as a concept. But, in reality, this moment occurs only now and then.
Yet, I am extremely grateful that I could experience moments such as this, that too in an aware state of mind.
I hope that, this becomes a way of life, for me.
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
– Albert Einstein
This is mostly me in a nutshell. I am very aware of my musical abilities and understand that I have been blessed with a voice that can move and produce some good sound. You could call me a singer, for this description 😉
But, to talk about a talent I have, hmm, I believe I am very very curious, to know and learn about a lot of things. Even in cases, where the subject sparked least or no interest in me. And, I uncovered this reality, only when I remained fascinated about everything around me – especially to understand the potential of human beings and talent / skills they persevered.
Over the course of time, I did juggle and explore things like writing (yes, all the stuff you’re reading right now), playing the violin, perspective drawing, clay modelling, quilling papers, jewelry making, clicking photographs, producing a movie, story telling, concert performances, learning languages, sudoku puzzles, crossword challenges, poetry, composing to name a few. (oh yes, I am not at all modest here!)
Throughout my explorations, I found myself to grow more and more inquisitive. It also gave rise to a thought on how many such untouched areas of talent or skills that exist around us. And, we seldom acknowledge and understand, how this one life is just not enough to simply learn about these possibilities 🙂
This blog topic is tricky. But, come on. What’s the big deal about self-love?
“If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.”
― Charles Bukowski
Like, one of my friends, mentioned to me the other day, we all spend most of our life’s time with our own self.
In that context, it is imperative that I enjoy being with myself and appreciate the goodness in me.
So, jumping straight to the list of things I like about myself.
At any given point in time, I have observed and acknowledged that I always enjoy learning, in its truest sense. I strive to learn from my respective gurus / mentors. I also learn through my interaction with people, belonging to various groups.
I like how I am wired to trust anyone and everyone without any prejudices. I give everyone, a fair number of chances. When things don’t work their way, I get, that it’s time to let them be. I like that, I have learnt through time, to pick myself up and move on.
I do juggle between work, family, friends and my own goals. I definitely like how I am able manage time for all these things. But, truth said, the folks in my life are extremely supportive and make this happen for me, seamlessly.
With life experiences, I have learnt to communicate well. I like that, I can clearly state what I have to say or what I feel. Again, a lot of people at various instances have made me this person I am today.
For those of you, who know me well, you’d instantly agree on how crazy I am. I like that, I can almost laugh out loud on anything and everything. I hold a child-like enthusiasm which lets me explore, travel places, experiment on things, stay raw and radiate within.
Who gave me life.
Who are reasons to live everyday.
Who have enriched my living.
Who gave me an identity.
Who helped me grow.
Who taught me life’s ideals, by their own action.
Who let me experience freedom in it’s real sense.
Who see only the best in me and are always encouraging.
Who are my support system.
Who would never give up on me.
Who would treat my success and failure equally.
Who know how to make me smile instantly.
Who make and break me.
Who get me completely.
Who I know, I can take for granted.
Who are simply the best.
And, indeed, I am incredibly blessed.