This is a blog post to express my heartfelt gratitude to all these wonderful people who made my birthday today so very special - especially Rohit, Abhi n Apoorv for such splendid arrangements! Right from the conf. call at 12 in the night to the birthday party @ Shipra , from the lovely birthday presents to your thoughtful birthday wishes- Thank you guys for all your efforts & how can I forget the cake!! :P
I have to admit this - it was the BEST chocolate cake I’ve had in a really long time :)
My day today started off quite well with a call from parents wishing me happy birthday! The first call was actually at 5 in the morning which actually went unattended since I retired to bed quite late last night, around 3 I guess. [All thanks to my amazing friends in the hostel]. And obviously when three alarms at a time can’t push me off the bed, how then could a call do so ? But to my Dad’s surprise I eventually picked up the phone when he called the second time.
This was followed by other calls from some close friends , a bath , a hot coffee which I shared with Sharni (Yes, I needed it badly to keep my eyes wide open) and then eventually heading off for the P&C class (all in the course of some 40 minutes) only to be given a lecture on how important it is to have good listening skills in order to maintain a great over view of your status or standing. Nevertheless, it was better than having an EC lecture right in the morning! After the next class we headed off to Shipra- a much needed outing after the stressful T1’s and needless to say, the afternoon was absolute fun . Giving Annapurna a break, all of us went to Papa John’s where to my surprise, some pleasant arrangements had been done already. And Vaidik that reminds me- the next time any one of us needs the ID-Cards arranged, I’m gonna recommend you right away:P
Many a newspaper stories from days gone by were concluded with the words, “and a good time was had by all”. I certainly think this sentiment applies to the fantastic birthday that I had today & my special day was made all the more wonderful- thanks to the slew of lovely birthday wishes that came from my batchmates! Utsav wanted me to say something about each one of us present there but I didn’t since 1)- We did something similar on our previous outing & 2)- I probably don’t know everyone so well as the rest, but there’s this one thing I know for sure that it was one of my best birthdays & I truly appreciate the efforts made by all of you!
So thank you so much guys ( Rohit, Apoorv, Abhi, Pearl, Yasheeka, Utsav, Vaidik, Tushar[treat due], Akshita, Kanika, Sharni & Mayank ) for such a fantastic time I had with you all!!
The best part of my day was yet to come- everyone I’m sure overheard our favourite & one and only- Mrs. Papia Chaudhary in the lab this evening :D She just made my day!!! :( Alright! Those of you who were present in the lab and are reading this at the moment, can please stop grinning now! It’s ok to get a scolding once in a while [ that was after a long while actually] . Ain’t it??
My outing with the family actually more than made up for the amazing two hours I had in the lab! And then the gift from my bro later that evening was something I’d been looking for since long and once I discovered what it was- I was simply beatific! Instant Smile :) He gave me this beautiful Idol of Ganpati- two days before the Ganesh Mahotsav ends! Don’t know when would it actually be possible but I truly hope that someday I can get to witness this event for myself!
Anyways, with that I spent some quiet time last evening reflecting on my recent past where each moment was filled with so many lessons that I needed to learn in order to grow as an individual. The deep truths can be taken away from any hour provided we wish to. Here are a few things that the last one year has taught me...
First, no matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should be. Either you succeed or you learn something. Win-Win!
Second, in life it’s not about getting a chance, it’s about taking a chance. You’ll rarely be 100% sure something will work. But you can always be 100% sure that doing nothing won’t work. Sometimes you just have to go for it. And even though you think you can’t you can always press forward. It’s just a matter of wanting it bad enough.
Third, having a thousand credentials on the wall will not make you a decent human being. But amongst other things, genuinely helping even a single person whenever possible will! For even when you feel like you have nothing, someone else likely has far less. Just find them and help them n you’ll see why.
And last but not the least, happiness is a choice [sometimes amongst the hardest in life] that we must all try to make each moment in life, because life is highly unpredictable & we need to make the most outta it. At times, its hard- extremely hard, seems like its almost impossible, but if you chase it, you’ll eventually get it. I did!
I think I've had a pretty good run so far and have had the opportunity to experience some great things and meet some amazing people in life, but I believe that my best years are ahead of me and life has so much to offer and I have so much more to learn from it. It's important to believe in bigger things for ourselves. Whether you're a 6 year old child or an adult, it's important to continue thinking about your possibilities on a regular basis.
Ok-Ok! I know it’s getting boring and I’m already too sleepy [sleep deprived for the past 2 weeks] so I’ll just leave you with this one question-
“How Old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are??”