Namasté Life: Words I wish someone had said to me much earlier

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On Life:

  • Figure out your purpose in life.
  • Have an undeviating steadiness towards that purpose.
  • Get in touch with your intuition. 
  • You can be a rebel in the subtlest of your mannerisms, but a wild thing in your imagination.
  • Most of whom we know must die if we were to live truthfully.
  • Being yourself everywhere is both appalling and admirable. 
  • Get this out of your mind: The idea of what and how others should be.
  • If something bad has happened to you, you’ve learnt a lesson. Learning isn’t such a bad thing. 
  • The only thing that’s sustains life is the talent and diversity of all living beings. 


On Self-reflection:

  • You will never find a more meaningful relationship than with your own solitude. 
  • Ask yourself what is preventing you from having a strong sense of wellbeing each day.
  • Read. You think you have it harder, read: Hunger by Knut Hamsun. You think you have existential angst, read: Man’s search for meaning by Viktor Frankl. Religion is a man made calamity, read: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. 
  • Renunciation is having passing thoughts about ice-cream but having no attachment and desire for it. 
  • You can be as old as me and still be tense, urgent and uncertain about the future. 


On Technology:

  • Media is trying to tell you that everything is wrong with the world. Kindly F it. 
  • Go analog. 
  • In this knowledge economy, find out how you can bring a different social capital to the table. 
  • Entertaining yourself mindlessly on the Internet is living a life of existential risk. 


On Creativity:

  • Where you are extremely passionate, you are wildly resourceful. 
  • Where your heart is you are boundless in aspiration. 
  • If you are trying to make things work AND you’re not enjoying the process, it’s time to quit. Apply this to your job, your “passion” and your relationships. 
  • Creativity comes from nature, isolation, sacrifice. 
  • Be prolific. 
  • So what if you’re not making money, you’re a writer and you love what you do. 


On Success:

  • Create a definition of happiness early on. 
  • Happiness can just be a space that provides serenity where you’re doing an activity you’re passionate about. 
  • Don’t fear social rejection. Just prepare yourself for overwhelming attention and learn to reluctantly ignore it.
  • Conspire with the universe to help your success.
  • Success is the coming together of self-discipline, talent, intelligence, strength and motivation. 


On Empathy:

  • It’s exhausting to be rude. 
  • Be outrageously compassionate. 
  • Humanism can be a religion.
  • Give others your undivided attention. Nobody usually needs much else. 
  • Even the most confused mind can hear the three words, “I love you.”
  • Some people in the first world, have no likes on social media. Some people in the third world, have no food. Get some perspective. 
  • If you want to receive, your hand must also be outstretched as if you’re giving out.
  • Be the one around whom people try a little harder to be their own self. 


On Change:

  • Keep a plant close to you and see it grow every day. Its radical what growth looks like. 
  • Self acceptance is the prerequisite for change to occur. 
  • Be intentionally extraordinary and different. 
  • Revisit your narrative and if you are doing something easy; stop doing it. 
  • Combat (your own) complacency. 
  • Remember you are the master, not your desires, beliefs or expectations. 


On Self-preservation:

  • Say no often so that you self preserve. 
  • Let your spirit be unknown, let the excitement of your quest be alive. 
  • Don’t let your thoughts bind you. Be free. 
  • Be resolute towards distractions and giving towards your cause. 
  • Tell me a safer space for ambivalence and ambiguity than your heart.
  • Be a force of nature. 

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One comment

  1. ‘Be resolute towards distractions and giving towards your cause.’

    One has to learn this.

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