Don’t be afraid of trying something new….there is nothing like right time it’s the right move….
We may read or listen or preach this quite frequently but how many of us actually follow it. So I have a story to share with you that will surely pull your boots or will push you to think more beyond boundaries…which don’t exist anywhere except in your (our) own thoughts. So here is the story..
It was a great day for me and our Mom..today; my Mom received an award in a prestigious ceremony at state level, for her work in Hindi literature. She writes short stories and also do poetry occasionally. She is not a big name in this field and many people openly criticise her writings (even now few people must be criticising her) but still she got the award…..award for the “Naye Kalamkar” (debutant writer). Yes my mom got this award in the age of 62!!!!
It’s a big thing for us, as we knew of her as a really good homemaker, an excellent cook, loving Bhabhi and Bahu, person who loved traveling and parties and most of it “best mother” in the world. I remember our school days, She was always full of energy, a great positive force that won’t allow us to surrender to hardship or bad moods. But we were never aware of her writing skills. Even the letters she use to write (old times were times of long inland letters) would largely go unread or left after some guesswork as her handwriting is so weird that hardly anyone can make to read one sentence, forget about reading a whole letter.
Then how she won this award today at age of 62 ?
The Key is her uncompromising attitude towards problem or any negative thing in life. If she believed it’s “right” she will just go ahead with “do or die” thought. She is a tough lady!! As I told, many people, including those who are very close, use to laugh at her and her initial work. She received everything with open heart, be it a praise or a sarcastic remark. Of course she has a very supportive husband, who would praise her at times, adjust his own post retirement routine to accommodate her time for writing but he equally criticised her, also. Sometimes she would also get hurt (deeply) but was never depressed or defeated by any of these. She never thought of leaving writing second time in life. Yes this is the second start, she use to write many years ago when we were too young. Some initial failures and lack of time for this much time demanding “hobby” (as they called it) was a luxury for her, which she could not afford, so she left writing. Probably it was not that she “quit” but actually “postponed unknowingly”.
Age is just a number, really?
we say this very often but do we really mean it? I doubt for many, But my Mom lives this line with full conviction. She started writing second time in the age when most of the people of her age, either worry about their sugar levels, Blood pressure or knees!!
The turning point was her 60th birthday when she was gifted an I-Pad by my sister. We thought it will be used for Facebook or video calls at most or at max for playing games (she is fond of online games). But to our shock She started writing On this I-Pad, reason …she got an alternate to her really bad handwriting, so here she made use of the technology. Slowly she started connecting to people though social media platforms like Facebook and Whatsapp, which were again pretty effective and less costly too. So she is a smart lady!!! She always was…but probably we didn’t noticed. Again as none of us had much time for her writings, although we could discuss worldly matters for hours with her, she joined the “literature groups for short stories and others” on the social media and started posting her writings fearlessly.
Why I am saying fearlessly ? That’s because she wasn’t afraid of how much prepared she was? Or what people think of her? Or even what her relatives or friends will say about it… So it was a fresh beginning where she was not dependent on anyone but just the Wi-fi. Her work initially went unnoticed but soon she got appreciation and a small group of followers too. Her very original way of writing which was critically discussed too at length among us, was also gaining attention. So with a growing number of short stories and poems she was being counted in the new buds of literature world. Recently two of her short stories and one poem have found place in two books by different publishers. So actually my mother’s second inning is really impressive and winning one.
The story of my mother is really inspiring in terms of teaching us the most important lesson of life, that “one must start!! However late or whatever be the circumstances, just go ahead if you wish to”
Most of us are too conditioned to do the routine things or live the routine life like go to work for a week and enjoy or party in the weekend. At Most we plan an adventure trip and then come back to get tuned to the same routine. We may switch between playing tennis to gyms or to yoga for morning and from kirtan to Birthdays to Saturday nights but the bottom line is very few of us do what we actually want to do. It’s not that we are all wrong or are dumped but the thing is that in lieu of planning our future we have forgotten ourselves, our present. How many of us go to a party or a social gathering for “sake” of going so that no one gets hurt. We are actually not afraid of anyone else but we are very much afraid of doing new things and breaking the barriers. Even if we go somewhere due to any reason our aim is seldom enjoyment or learning something new. Be it a planned vacation or an unplanned trip or a courtesy visit to a relative, we are more afraid of “do we look out of place, or how people are evaluating us“ Do we actually go for a change or we still trail on the past?
Life is really good and it offers everyone with the best roads to happiness. The roads are not bad for anyone but we complicate Happiness with materialistic success. It’s not the aim but it’s actually the thought with which we start our journey, that matters. In our journey many will be ahead of us and many will follow, everyone have their own opportunity and Choices, so is their time. In this road to happiness, We will have to fight with our own fear to loose and not with others who are winning.
Life may look troublesome for some time but largely it is overwhelmingly genuine. We just need to postpone our worries for future and live in the present for no body but ourselves. If there is a problem there surely is a solution, we just need to look carefully. Last of all “If I am happy then only I can spread happiness” around me. If I am dissatisfied or stressed (due to any or many things), I will have sorrows and pain to share with all. So there is nothing like right timing or right position of planets it’s out right attitude to be always in the mood of Get….Set…GO…. for Good.