Live your life, Live your dreams

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I was browsing through Facebook and an interesting quote caught my attention:

“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.”

This got me thinking a lot about how many times in life do we actually live for ourselves first? Aren’t our choices are mostly a reflection of others’ want us to do or what others’ find ‘right’ or what is acceptable in our society?

Since a young age, we have been bombarded with unsolicited advice telling us how best to live our lives: Which traits are good and which are bad and which are a sin!

You will find number of people around you who are there to judge and criticize your every action. You sometimes feel you are under some kind of surveillance, if you took the right step, they are all praises but if you took one step for your happiness, which they might perceive as ‘wrong’, you will immediately be tagged as “Evil”, “selfish”, “unkind”, “unsocial”, the list of tags is endless! People even have a say in how and why we should be happy in a particular circumstance!

What no one tells you is, people who put unsolicited advice on you usually have a vested interest in you. In other words, their actions are driven by self-interest, not your interest. They do it to benefit themselves, not to benefit you.

What no one will ever tell you is you will never get a second chance at living this life. This should be the motivation to start doing what you want instead of some hollow path based on expectations of other people.

Of course, some people won’t understand your choices. But such is life! You can’t please everybody. When you follow your heart, you will actively displease people.  But you know what they will be fine because they are too worried about themselves to worry about you for too long.

If you don’t like what you see, make changes until you do like what you see. Create life for yourself that is a reflection of what makes you happy. And do so unapologetically and as the foremost goal of your life!

“Don’t set boundaries, expand your horizons!”

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The Perfect Marriage

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Does happily ever after really exist or is that just some silly phrase out of a fairy tale?

The fact is at no point in life can you be perfect at anything, but you can prepare yourself for the adventures of life.

And one of life’s biggest challenges is marriage!

Marriage is considered to be one of the hardest aspects of life to control and requires preparation emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

The old notion of “soulmate” is just overrated; “True soulmates” are the one you are married to no matter how unreal you might find them in the moment of aggression.

This is especially true as it is said that “true soulmates are not born but made!” It isn’t something that will happen in the first month, or even in the first year. It will take time, and patience, and commitment. It is believed that with the right amount of love, happiness, and communication anything is possible and your dreams of being together forever may one day come true.

I was married on 25th December 2015 and I have learnt both the numerous ways to destroy and build a successful marriage through “live experiences”.

Few months into our marital bliss, we sobbed on our couch with our heads in our hands. We fought numerous times and we made up even more. Each fight taught something new about each other and led to the reality check of ‘being married’. We disagreed on finances, our ideas of running the household, family, friends, even sometimes on our views about current news! Sometimes our fight led to other person jumping to conclusion without other completing the sentences. I found some his views unreal as he was sometimes stubborn and annoying during such fights and he might have felt the same as we never knew these aspects while we were dating!

Isn’t it during such fight we feel that this is not what I bargained my freedom for? Isn’t it during those hard times we do feel, marriages sucks and most often we assume the other person has changed or maybe we never really knew who they really were!

This happens because we often fold inside of ourselves these lengthy lists of qualifications, standards, and traits we expect the “right person” to meet. But the reality is there is no such thing as “right person” and this is because no one is perfect. There are in-built flaws in all of us and you just have to learn to live with it.

Do you really think there is any such thing as “the right person will come and wipe of your tears and your life will become magical”? Well NO! No one has that kind of power. How can one expect another person to encompass all of the ideals he or she is so grossly incapable of encompassing?

There are thousands of articles available that tell you ‘Dos and Don’ts of a successful marriage.  But the fact is every marriage is different and the rules cannot be same for all.

What I learned and still am is:

 “Believe in your partner and their intentions like we believe in ourselves!”

This does not mean turning a blind eye but it only implies considering them as part of you and trusting their actions even at a point when you know you are on the verge of breaking.

I strongly believe after being married to the person I love the most now is “No matter how wonderful he is, he isn’t a knight-in-shining anything because I am certainly no princess either!” And it would be unfair for me to expect him to be.

Belief

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Far in the dark forest

She saw some light

So clear and so bright

Yet not visible to naked eye

She reached for it

Making her way through

Thorns and bushes

Bleeding legs, sunken eyes, aching body

Physically weakened

Yet determined

“Oh! I am there” She felt exhilarated

Energized spirit, relaxed body, full of life,

As she stepped forward, vanished light

Far in the dark forest

She again saw some light

So clear and so bright

Yet not visible to naked eye!