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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
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DescriptionThis essay focuses on how what we think and why we think matters more than what others think of it or you.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is what happens while we’re busy making other plans – John Lennon’s famous words still ring fresh. The meaning of ‘life’ could not be put more simply yet efficiently. People indulge in discussions and the topic of ‘life’ is a much favoured one, yet we overlook the fact that even these small moments make up our life. We are always looking for things that can make us happy but we forget to peep into our souls and identify our knacks and flairs. In simpler words we are much into what can make us happy rather than what makes us happy.
Facebook and Twitter have become household terms but however much they might sound a cliché they do make perfect examples of things that ‘can’ make us happy. I am sceptical about how much of a hobby they make, they are better suited to being called pastimes. That they are experts in passing our time is doubtless but should they be given the status of a ‘hobby’? My definition of a hobby is something that makes you wonder and ponder voluntarily, like music, cinema, reading, photography, travelling and the list continues. Lord Tennyson, in his poem ‘Ulysses’, speaks of the famous traveller who is yearning to go back to his travelling years just to relive his experiences in company with people of different cultures or sometimes even in solitude. Ulysseses of today are lost in the crowd. Agreed, that travelling has become an expensive affair but people are also no less deserving of the blame. People with the proper financial aid do not want to travel and people who do have a knack for travelling do not always have the necessary financial aid. But in the film ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, Benjamin is shown to be working small-time jobs to earn money to fulfil his travelling needs. But now the crucial question arises: How many Benjamins do we have today?
Speaking of graver issues, it is interesting to note that few decisions in life are taken wholly and solely by us without succumbing to peer, parental or societal pressure. Every decision, starting from which stream to take up to which job to apply for depends on what people have thought for you or what they think of you. This constant pressure teaches us the morally correct lesson of living up to other people’s expectations but not the practically correct lesson of living up to our own expectations because regardless of the number of people who might mean well, it is us who needs to be satisfied with what we ...
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