Wednesday, 1 January 2014


This year I hope you keep your eyes skyward. Bold, almost challenging. Because looking down or back is no way to live.
This year I hope you move forward, if only in the tiniest of increments. Hell, shuffle where you are, if you must, but travel both inside and out. Take a leap of faith. And when you do, I hope you find new, unexplored places.

This year, like all other years, I hope you love defiantly. Reach beyond what you've been told is right/smart/will happen/can/should/be. Love like you're in a movie. Get your hair done if that helps you play the part. Do ridiculous, grand things for love because of all the things you underplay, this shouldn't be one of them.

Of the things you lose this year and you will- your keys, that second sock, a jacket in a party, your wallet and your heart- don't lose yourself. Be true to the oddball, goofy version of you there is. Celebrate him/her each time you discover a new neurosis or eccentricity and know that just you living each day out is one hell of a good story.

Speaking of living, I also hope you die in tiny, tiny bits at key moments this year.
Die inside and watch yourself come back to life. Then hold this beautiful and softly tragic truth in your palms. That you will probably survive most things. You, right now, decked out in pajamas and padded in winter weight, you will not die of a broken heart (even though it might feel like you might), you won't die if you're made redundant or if you lose your mortgage. You will survive loss and pain, even when you may not want to.
And each time you find yourself in the centre of some loss or pain. Make a joke. Find something to laugh about, because when you do you've unknowingly already crossed over to the sunny side.

But more than anything else, this year make your own choices, don't sit on a fence of confusion, complacency, comfort and fear. Don't let life choose for you. Take a chance, put your wishes out there in the Universe, and irrespective of how it turns out, this year would have been yours to own.

                                                               (Photo Credit: Here)


  1. You might just appreciate this-

    George Carlin's wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008. It is ironic George Carlin - comedian of the 70's and 80's - could write something so very eloquent and so very appropriate. An observation by George Carlin:

    The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

    We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

    We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

    We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

    We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

    These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

    Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

    Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

    Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

    Remember, to say, 'I love you' to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

    Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

    Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

    And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.

    George Carlin

  2. I do love it Kunal! Thanks for sharing.