“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
This morning I was thinking about change. Change is the only constant thing in life. I guess this is true for every one. Take yourself to 18th June 2008--basically, rewind your life, five years back and answer these questions:
- What were you doing ?
- Who were your closest friends? Are they still in your life with the same closeness?
- Where were you living?
- Were you more satisfied and content then than you are now? Why or why not?
If I were to answer it, my answers would be as follows:
1. I had just written my first article for Readers Digest and was very pleased about it. I was elated to be published by a magazine of such repute and stature. It was a dream come true.
2. My closest friends of that period --they aren't that close to me anymore. I am still in touch with them--but it is an ocassional 'hello--how are you'. Their lives have taken them in a different direction and I have gone in a completely different direction; (Things change, Friends leave).
3. I was living in Pune at that time
4. No--I am definitely more content and happier now, because I am so much more successful and well-known today, than I was back then.
Today I had a long and a very enriching conversation with a fellow-author and a good friend Ravi Subramanian. (The best-selling author of Bankster, If God was a Banker and three more books). It was wonderful to talk about writing and other stuff.
After I hung up, I sat for a very long time, thinking about how authors are now my good friends and how much my life has changed.
Then a quote from a movie came to my head. It was so relevant, so apt and made so much sense that I had to share it with you.
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”I think every now and then, we ought to pause and explore our options. We ought to assess our opportunities and we should think about whether the path we have taken will get us towards our goal. We may not always stick to the path--after all life is so darn unpredicatble.
― Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button screenplay
But I do believe that if you go through life, without much thinking about what you want from it, then you grow old quickly.
Change--Pursue it, Woo it and Make it your own. It is hard in the beginning--but oh the rewards!
And may all success be yours.
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