Location: Mamzar Beach, Dubai.
Location: Mamzar Beach, Dubai.
Whatever you do, you “need to be a little bit more”. I have been having this thought of how we are either being pushed or being told to ‘be a little bit more’. This is in regard to ‘a better you’ context.
Alright, in one way the idea is all about personal development and is for the betterment of your being, but what if that is just a social pressure that is silently damaging what we are as a person and our character. I’ve got no scientific research or philosophical proof of how exactly we are manipulated by our environment, but it’s obvious that we definitely are being pushed and pulled towards the perceptions of either individuals or the media.
Why do I have to listen to them?
It’s not even the general idea of being a better person – it’s the intricate details that these individuals and media go through. From the tiniest ways to live your life to get on a quest for major life-changing decisions – why do you want me to listen to you? Why am I told to always be more than now?
Recent song release that got me thinking :
“No better you than the you that you are”
What you do is never enough.
Alright, so you come to a conclusion to change, just be a little more ‘open ears’ and listen to them. You understand their point and ‘try’ to change and you succeed too, but guess what, that’s not enough. You should do more. You should try harder. Apparently, the effort you made now is just tiny compared to what you should be doing – based on what the WORLD is doing. Why is that a concern – why are you telling me it should be MY concern? Can’t MY efforts be enough to satisfy MY goals? – nope, we just have to try harder.
The flip side
Remain calm, if it meant to be it will happen. Like, what now? After all the messages about trying harder and takings efforts to be better, now you tell me to just remain calm? Please media, make up your mind.
On a serious note, I don’t think I can find an apt solutions to the weariness of this unbalance of having to ‘strive better’ and having to ‘be happy with at where you are’ – it does, of course, differ based on your personal situation but the concern is – we are clung on to social media so much that before we start to understand if the message is personally relevant to us or not, we are already ready with conclusions.
Until next time,
Don’t you think an extra day that you know for sure doesn’t come in the next four years is like a gift worth appreciating? It may seem silly for the people who think ‘too practical’ – who say ‘nah, it’s just another day”… Well yes, it could be, but imagine scientifically (which is obvious THE most practical belief ) it is in fact proven that this day does not come in another four years. So, why not believe a little in that silly science fact and do something that is out of the ordinary?
For the questioners, here’s something quoted from Telegraph UK :
“The Roman calendar did have 355 days with an extra 22-day month every two years until Julius Caesar became emperor and ordered his astronomer Sosigenes to devise a better system in the 1st Century. Sosigenes decided on a 365-day year with an extra day every four years to incorporate the extra hours, and so February 29th was born.” Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/12177017/Leap-Year-2016-Why-does-February-have-29-days-every-four-years.html
Not sure how you see this but I see how beautiful this fact is. In between our busy norms and our serious/not-so-serious thoughts in our head – we must acknowledge that this extra 24 hour isn’t something that will come again – that fact by itself is amazing. Do something or not is not the concern, but just appreciate the time – not only for today but in general as well.
Just keep calm and carry on,
Well, it had been a while since I had been to Paris – to be specific it was in October 2015, but the memories of the place and the people are so fresh it’s hard to believe it has been four months already.
Time goes fast to realize and appreciate where we are – so here I am finally posting few pictures from the Paris trip.
Visit 1: the local market!
Yes, of course, Paris is known for its amazing views of historical sites, but my first visit? the local market! I was too scared to take my phone out to snap pictures of the market so just some pictures on the way.
The brick roads
Visit 2: Sacré-Cœur (White Church)
My first day using the public transport – and it wasn’t just one mode of transport. In one day I got on the tram, the subway and even the bus (can I also say I reached 13,000 steps that day!).
Above are some pictures from the bus. I love vintage buildings, sights of historical monuments (just to imagine the stories behind these monuments) and plain sights of a simple lifestyle – all seen in the collage above.
And finally the sight of the Sacré-Cœur! We didn’t expect the amount of crowd that day, but apparently, it was because of a mini street concert happening. French songs being played, and people of all nationalities dancing on the streets quite a carnival effect there. Slowly we made our way through the crowd and up till the entrance. Once we reached we could see the view of the entire city – spectacular it was! (Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of the view here – surely will upload it when I find it). We had our share of one billion pictures taken (I’m kidding, we needed to save memory space) and so we headed over to some snacking (of course) for some fresh Churros.
Once we got done with the pictures and the snacking, we were ready to leave the place for the visit no 3, but to an even greater surprise, the mini-concert suddenly played Bollywood /Kollywood songs! After that mini-episode of excitement, we were off to our visit no. 3.
Visit no 3: the very iconic Eiffel Tower.
Getting to the Eiffel tower was an adventure. We basically took a longer route and had to wait for the bus and walk longer, just so we could get in time for the ‘lighting of the tower’- 8 pm to be exact. We spotted the lighting of the tower from far and it was one fine sight. After which we walked closer the the ‘iron lady’. The place was too crowded and we had to wait in a long queue for the ticket to go up – so we skipped that and headed straight home.
The tower shimmers (seen on the right)
And so after a long metro ride, we caught the last tram and got back home just in time for dinner.
Hope you liked the post! Do comment and share your opinion on the post.
The world is much bigger than our mind could even imagine.
It may scare us with the abundance of factors that influence people and their behavior – the hate, the love, the criticisms, the racisms, the judgments or appreciation.
You may get completely lost and feel extremely minute when you get in contact with this wider world…
But just think broader with a general perspective.. aren’t we all biologically at least 5% ( I could say more though) similar to each other – ignore the different factors – colour of the skin, nationality, the ‘I am from this place, therefore I look like this’ factor, the body sizes, the lifestyles, the educational background – anything – just about ANY factor OTHER THAN that we are all humans with one mind, one heart and a body that carries it?
That person who just passed by – is just another reflection of yourself. That person is made of the same ”materials’, you are made of. Each of us grows a year older the same way you do. Each of us breathes and need the same things you need to survive in the world we are given. Yet, we pass on the slightest negativity of judging and stereotyping one another – we comment, demean, or pick on one another.
Given that we have a mind of our own, we could take the slightest effort to consider ourselves thankful to even have the capacity to think straight and have conscious thoughts to get us through events that take place in a day or so. Yet..what some of us do/say to one other individual/group of individual is beyond atrocious.
You are as equal to that person next to you. You are as equal to that person you commented on the internet. You are as equal as the person that waiting in queue for the cashier.
We are all equal to each other more than we can imagine. We (or at least some) just don’t see this only because we utterly refuse to believe this, and so ‘being equal’ APPEARS to be out of topic.
Where you stand now, is where someone stood earlier.. and who you commented on now could be you later. Would you appreciate if you swapped places? Would you show much hatred to yourself? No right? – Then why the trashing, the cynicism and/or rude behaviour.
In hopes to hear of an increase in the no of safe places for people to live in,
I sign out.
(ps : A genuine post on an un-influenced opinion – not intended to harm any)
(pps : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIh2xe4jnpk )
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