Searching For Meaning

In a span of two decades, a time frame which many (including myself), might consider fairly inadequate as a requisite for forming an insightful and somewhat accurate perspective about life, I have ascertained a solitary feature about the life I wish to lead, namely: a meaningful one. The intricacies of this solitary feature, though presently baffling to my limited years of experience, might (hopefully) display lucidity through the forthcoming experiences I encounter in subsequent years.

My present day discernment of ‘a meaningful life’ incorporates simplistic, yet (as I would like to believe) dependable ideas about character, sociability, behavior, and various other factors which I’m not sure how to explicate in a defined category. A significant aspect of my understanding of a meaningful life encompasses self assurance and confidence, irrespective of the passing opinions of others, along with independence from external validation. I would admit that at present, I am far from inculcating this vision in my life and it would not be erroneous to assume that harboring self assurance is one of the things I struggle with the most.

Even so, I hope to foster a way of life which is based on kindness, compassion, strength, faith and continuous improvement. And if I ever go astray (the likelihood of which is naturally existent), I hope to make steady efforts to stay true to myself.

Self Care (Post Covid)

The entire globe witnessed a multitude of distressing scenarios when 2020 unfurled itself. An approximation of 2.4 million deaths occurred worldwide which led to an overwhelming sense of dread, pessimism and loss in the society. Apart from this, several young adults were forced to face a nascent uncertainty with regard to their near future. The unprecedented loss of life, health and wellbeing is tough to accept, and burdensome to deal with.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and anxious, it’s okay, but remember, you’re braver than you know. It is your strength that kept you going. It is your courage that made you wake up each day. It is your inner resolve that didn’t let you give up. And you know what, there’s plenty more where that came from. Congratulate yourself for surviving this carnival of challenges and hug yourself for being as okay as you could be.

Products that should exist : A creative series

1. Utensils that are washed by men- Despite the widely discussed issue of gender-based stereotypes, we are a long way from manifesting day-to-day equality in terms of work distribution. An activity as simplistic as washing utensils is infested with stereotypical notions, which leads to an unfortunate perpetuation of inequality. 

2. Sanitary pads that do not ask to be wrapped in black polyethene- Menstrual stigma, being pervasive in our society leads to a detrimental belief system with regard to menstruation. Instead of it being considered as a natural physiological process, menstruation is viewed as a ‘hush-hush’ topic. This leads to the manifestation of shame and confusion in the minds of women. 

3. Bodycon dresses that do not size shame- Body shaming, a practice that mocks someone’s physical appearance, can be extremely destructive for their mental health. It is a form of bullying that humiliates anyone who doesn’t fit into the ‘ideal body’ category. Body shaming is often accompanied by the making of negative comments about someone’s attire, thus making it even more problematic. 

4. Makeup kits that embrace men- Makeup is largely (yet wrongly) associated with femininity, and is often deemed to be inappropriate for a man. Such notions cultivate toxic masculinity in the society and promote explicit sexism. 

5. Self-help books that do not judge- The concept of mental health is real and relevant. Stigmatizing mental health issues prevents the creation of a safe environment for those who are struggling with them. Making insensitive judgements about someone’s struggle can be highly detrimental to their recovery. 

rivulets

the rivulet chatters on,

about nothing at all.

the leaf turns over,

unwilling to fall.

Hope

Your high hopes will stay alive,

even though you struggle to survive.

The sun tomorrow will rise,

and dry the tears in your eyes.

If it feels like another nightmare,

remember that the sun is still out there.

I know it’s pouring heavy rain,

but the rainbow will show up again.

It feels like another bad dream,

but there’s courage in your blood stream.

When the thunders fiercely roar,

Know that you too, will someday soar.

Remember

Remember to smile,
Because it is a charming and delightful world up there.
Remember to laugh,
Because there is going to be felicity and cheer in the air.
Remember to cry,
Because you’ll find many gloomy and lonely days ahead.
Remember to yell,
Because there might be much injustice to dread.
Remember to breathe,
Because the thrill of adventure can take your breath away.
Remember to believe,
Because at the end- it is all going to be okay.

bird with a broken wing

I’m just so sick of waking up in tears,

You know I could really use an understanding ear,

Because it seems like the end is near,

And peace for me was never so dear.

Beause right now in my life,

All I feel is sheer fright,

And I just wanna see the light,

But I am still not ready to fight.

I wish a miracle would take place,

And take my misery away

I long for a brighter sight,

For depression to set aside.

Every second is deathly dark,

I’m afraid that in my life, anxiety will leave a mark.

The light still flickers,

And the darkness still lingers.

But they say it’s darkest before the dawn,

I hope someday my grief will be long gone.

That day might be far away,

But when it comes, I’ll make it stay.

I am still restless and overwhelmed,

Still so sad and depressed.