Dear Younger Tanu,
You are truly blessed to be the one who is different in her views, opinions, values, and principles. Be proud of them. They define the very person you are. Own yourself and never ever try to change any of these aspects to fit into a mold. Do not blend into the colors, that the world around you, is painted in. You are made to stand out. Learn to say no when you think you should. Do not give in. Stand by what you think is right. Value the life you have. The very fact that you can breathe at this moment itself, must fill you with gratitude. Don’t take any part of it for granted. Invest in your growth- not just your physical health, but spiritual and intellectual as well. None of these fat pay cheques that you feel seemingly happy about, will stay with you forever. Moreover, stop being a snob, a spendthrift. You have earned it easy. But don’t spend it so extravagantly. This world of extravagance and luxury is fake. And you know that. So accept it. This is really not what your heart is yearning for. Quit the job, if it feels like a job, where you are just busy in the business of looking occupied for no substantial outcome or satisfaction of achieving something. Quit it, before it wears you out. Anything that’s not helping you grow in any way and is taking you away from the essentials of living a great life needs to be identified and acknowledged. You need to start moving away from all that is detrimental to your growth. What is the fear?
Join a Yoga Class – Yoga does wonders to all dimensions of human life. Do you want to really deprive yourself of being ecstatic without any reason ?
Listen to Music – Music is your life line. Don’t cut it off.
Sing– Music transports you to another world. You have a great voice. So sing. How can you give it all away ?
Learn a dance form – You love dancing even without music. You can dance anytime, just about anywhere. Then what stops you from letting yourself loose.
Learn to play an instrument – There is no other joy as beautiful as learning to sway along with the tunes of a musical instrument. So give it a chance.
Read Books – Tell me, you are not jealous of all those geeks who read. Tell me, you don’t feel inferior to them because they are just so different. You cant become them. But you can read and benefit out of it. So why not start.
Write and express yourself – If anyone had asked you what would you like to become when you grow up, when you were 10, you would have said – A story teller. That’s what you are. You love weaving words and sharing it with the world. Then why are you walking backwards, when you are not going that way ?
Learn the science of Photography – You are a sucker of beauty. It gives you a high. What could be a better way of reliving through your memories in photographs that you have made yourself.
Travel – It will open up your senses in a way, you have never imagined. That’s the only thing that keeps you sane, amidst a chaotic life otherwise.
Run – All those aches in different parts of your body would slowly disappear when you will feel the high that running would give you.
Give back – Visit an old age home or an orphanage. Spend time with them. You would learn to appreciate the basics that you tend to take for granted.
Just when you start indulging yourself into the things that you would love to be identified with, you would fall head over heels for your newfound self. You would treasure it forever. You would nurture it and protect it.
And to top it all, if only you can do one more thing, you would find peace and calmness within yourself and your life will completely change for the good. It’s an open secret – be mindful in all walks of life, esp about your consumption. Be kind and compassionate to everyone who you share this world or the planet with. It’s theirs as much as its yours. In no way, you must harm or hurt anyone directly or indirectly. Its not about following a particular religion which preaches non violence, but just about being human – who takes care of the lesser/non intellectual creatures on earth through her intellect and not vice versa.
Lastly I would say, that life is uncertain and it never goes according to what we plan. So go with the flow. Don’t resist, but embrace the change. Keep an open mind to learn whatever comes your way. Be a seeker of knowledge and leave your ego behind. Do not ever criticize what you do not know. Never judge any situation or any person. You don’t know what’s their past. Take risks for what you believe in. Do not succumb to the pressure of losing something. Be bold and brave to speak your mind and the truth. Be vulnerable. Be beautiful inside out. Be yourself. Love yourself.
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