Your Mountain, Your Path

I have had a few thoughts about stuff, so bear with me as I try to compile them into a fairly sensible blog post. I might be incoherent at times, but trust me; there is a method to my madness. So here goes.

Bruce Wayne kicks off Batman v Superman by saying there were once ‘diamond absolutes’. I believe, in real life, there are none. There are no absolutes. It’s all variable and relative.

There’s a lot of idealism in most people’s upbringings, I suppose. I’d hate to generalize or speak for others, so I’m going to stick to me. I grew up with a lot of ideals being placed in front of me. I continue to grow with a similar buffet of ideals placed in front of me. “I must strive to be ‘x’ kind of a person”, “strive to achieve ‘x’, ‘y’ and ‘z’ things”, “look for ‘x’ kind of qualities in people I must accept as peers, friends, partners,” et cetera, et cetera.

Simon Sinek is a well known orator and in general, someone with great understanding of people, among, I’m sure, a lot of other things. There’s this one interview/speech of his where he talks about millennials, the why behind their troubles in life – faulty upbringing, skewed perceptions on life, low self esteem, lack of “grit”, and how society sees them. I am aware I’m not the typical prototype of a millennial, but I couldn’t help but relate to some things Simon says (see what I did there?).  

He says relationships are slow, uncomfortable, meandering, messy processes. He says, “I see young people these days standing at the foot of a mountain, with this abstract concept of ‘impact’ that they want to have in the world. What they don’t see is the mountain.”

The concept of this mountain is what I’m trying to get at here.

Its not wrong to have ideals like the ones I mentioned above. I have many of those ideals, and I’m sure many of you have a variation of them as well. They motivate us and keep us going. They give us somewhere to go. However, there’s some traveling to be done from where you are, to where that ideal is. There’s some climbing to be done, and there’s no one single path. I may walk 20 miles before falling into a ditch 10 feet deep, not coming out of it for a few weeks.

That’s how life is. There ain’t no map, no instruction manual. Each and every one of us is figuring it out as we go along. A different path, is not necessarily the wrong one.

I talk a lot about ‘moments’ and enjoying them, in a lot of my blog posts, but that’s because I believe in the process. I live for it. The ‘little innocuous moments’ as Sinek calls them, when you’re not doing anything, when you’re just sitting and looking around, observing, registering, and thinking. When ideas come and go, when people look at you like an idiot for not looking down at your phone or reading something and instead just gazing around. You’re not an idiot. In that moment, you’re human. And the great thing about that is that while you’re on a path to some esoteric land where you want to get to, you’re looking on each side, at the fields passing you by, the roads, the people, all the other mountains, the rain drops, everything. You’re looking, and that’s more than many of us can boast of having really, truly done today. So, look!

To not blindly walk, but appreciate the path others are on, while walking on my own path, is something I want to live by.

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Coffee Update #5

 

COFFEE UPDATE5

Welcome back to another one of my Coffee Updates! This is where I brief you with what’s up in my life, what I’m thinking, and what I’ve been up to recently.

So grab a cuppa and settle in.


 

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that I am finally done with my 12th Grade Finals, or the Board Exams, as they are called here. They went on for around a month but I wrote my last exam a couple of days back. To be honest, they went very, very well. I feel I did well. I had English, Hindi, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology and Logic as my subjects for the last two years (Philosophy came in, in the second year; I had Math for the first year) out of which I think I found Economics and Hindi to be the toughest overall. Economics because there were a lot of chapters to study and remember stuff from, and Hindi because, well, generally I just found the chapters just really boring. We had short stories and poems and I felt that some of those short stories had a good message to give, but they were so awfully written. I mean, it just dragged on. Plus it was in Hindi, something I don’t read every day so it takes more time than it does with English. So many of those stories were written more than 30-40 years back and maybe this was how people wrote back then. In the end, it all went really well. Now I have a couple of months of just basic chilling out before the results come out sometime in the last week of May, after which its back to college admissions and picking subjects and courses and what not.

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Batmanvssuperman8191234If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that Batman v Superman – Dawn of Justice is releasing on the 25th of March, which is also my birthday. I know, right? I have been so hyped to see this ever since it was announced. Batfleck gonna be awesome. Now, yes the initial reactions of most of the people who watched it on its early premiere and stuff around the world, have all been negative. Everybody’s blaming Snyder for screwing up with what was supposed to be a monument of perfection. What people wanted to be a monument of perfection. It is understandable since so many have grown up reading the comics and watching on – screen versions of these characters and it is surely close to them. I haven’t seen the movie, so I don’t want to form any opinions right now, but it seems to me as if people need to appreciate it for what it is and not loathe it for what it is not. Its a huge thing that this movie got made in the first place. Seeing Batman and Superman in an epic showdown with such great graphics and stuff, thanks to modern technology. Who would’ve dreamed of seeing this on the big screen 10 years back? With such a great cast, no less. It is very easy to pick out faults in blockbusters like these and tout it around as a huge failure, but very few of us actually know what went on behind the scenes and why this happened. A friend of mine said it could be because of the owners and the people who bankrolled the movie, and could have maybe put some restrictions on the actual guys who made the film. Its not a completely outlandish idea. Despite all this though, I go in with an open mind and I am sure its going to be one of the best movies I ever saw on my birthday.

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If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that I am going to go away for a little vacation next week, with my parents and my little sister. The place is a few hours away from the city, and its not all exotic and shit, like most people like to do when they turn 18 or just give their 12th Board Exams, but it doesn’t really matter to me. I’ll be gone for two weeks and its likely that I won’t get a decent internet connection there so its also very likely that I won’t be posting anything for those two weeks or so.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that a few weeks back I found out about this book fair in the city where they sell books by weight. Most of the books are second-hand but in close to perfect condition overall, and they have fixed prices like, Rs. 100/kg for certain kinds of books, 200/kg for others and 300/kg for the rest. That right there, is an absolute steal, because these days even some two hundred page books cost Rs. 399 and Rs. 499. So I got myself a few kilos. We kinda reached late when it was about to close plus we had to get home and study because our exams weren’t yet done with, or I would have probably taken more. In any case, I’m going there again. Anybody in Mumbai want to check this out, its near the Churchgate station, on the east side, in a place called Sundarbai Hall. Its open every day from 10 AM, I think, to 6 PM till the 4th of April.


 

Aaaaand, that’s all I’ve got for this Coffee Update, but there’s sure to be a looot more in the next one, because that will be after I get back from my vacation outta town, so stick around for that.

I hope you’re enjoying these Coffee Updates, because I sure am enjoying writing them! Let me know if you did by liking, following and above all, by letting me know in the comments down below. I’d love to hear what you have to say. Any of you going to watch Batman v Superman? What’d you think of the trailers and the initial reactions? Lemme know! 😀

I’ll see you guys next time.