Here’s the list of 5 things i just cannot live without;

  1. Books:
You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child. – Dr. Seuss.
I cannot just live without em. I always have a book with me while travelling anywhere.
Even though I’ll be travelling by bus to work (which takes 20-25 mins BTW) I’ll still try reading in that time frame.
It’s like therapy. Reading opens up horizons in your mind like no other thing can!
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  1. Internet:
The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.  –Andrew Brown
Yes, I admit it. We cannot live without the World Wide Web. It has got us entangled to the hilt.
I need my daily dose of notifications from my Facebook timeline, twitter feed, a few news updates too and yeah, Whats App also!
Although I can resist these things for a few days altogether, I cannot do it for a longer period.
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  1. Smartphone:
Yes i am my smartphone’s slave. I wake up and the first thing i have to see is my phone. Whether it’s the day or night, sunny or rainy, hot breeze or super cold wind, i just need my phone! The plus point is that i get to post a lot on my blog through my phone. It’s quite convenient and effective.
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     4) My Home:
The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned. – Maya Angelou
Home is where the heart is. The one place where we know we will be safe and sound. I agree that there is no better comfort than to just be at your home sweet home. You can go to Hawaii, grace the various treasured islands, live in castles and forts for a fortnight, but in the end, you’ll rest like a baby only when you’re home!
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    5)     My school friends:
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Yes, i know how this sounds but I’ve been in touch with 4 of my school friends and our friendship means a huge deal to me. It’s their sheer presence that is enough to drive out the stress i go through sometimes. The fun, the jokes, the moments… everything is like a prized possession of mine.


This post is written as a part of BlogChatter’s prompt “Five things I cannot do without!”
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It’s basic human tendency that we can get the best out of us only when we lose something or come close to losing something.

What i’m trying to say is that we will not try to outperform our expectations, try being better than we were yesterday until something happens.
It’s like we cannot do something until a “catalyst” helps us concentrate.
Confused?
Here’s an example:
A son/daughter never listened to their parents. They tried to get them on track, get better at studies, work better, get settled in life.
Then all of a sudden either of the parent or both fall unwell and there’s a high chance that they might die. 
The next thing you know is completely dramatic.
The child automatically starts prioritizing the future of him/her and the family.
Everything goes back on track.
I’m sure you can relate this to a few movies too, right?
So why do we need to wait till the bubble bursts?
Why wait till something changes your life?
Can’t you be the change?
God forbid if in the above example the parents died, and the children then did everything their folks wanted, is that a good thing?
Partly YES but partly NO also.
What’s the use if they cannot see what you’ve become. I agree they’ll be happy you now are successful, but what’s the use if they are not here to see it?
Instead, it would be awesome if they could see you rising, be successful, be happy.
Trust me, there are many who’d say, they wish they’re loved ones were there to witness their rise.
Don’t be one of them.
Get better than the best.
Keep your folks happy.
Do it when they’re still around.
Cos you’ll never know when the bubble bursts.

Have you come across such a situation anywhere?
If you could relate this to a movie/book/real life situation,
Do let me know.
Happy reading!

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Always look on the bright side of life. Otherwise it’ll be too dark to read. – Anonymous
We’ve been told time and time again, about this. Yet, only a few really come out of the past, try to cherish what they have and live with new hope, new energy and optimism.
Some stories have power. They give us hope; they tell us life is just not bad… it can be good as we want it to be.

Thus today I’d like to share 2 stories on optimism which really is needed in today’s life.
1)      Gridiron Gang (2006) :

Teenagers + Juvenile Center = No Hope.

Yes, this story is about kids who have committed crimes, been arrested and are doing their time in the juvenile center. The world will always look at them differently. They will be considered as an outcast. What might have gone through with their parents? They might feel low, shattered. They are in a dark tunnel looking forward to that ray of light which will bring them all out of darkness into light. 

Their counselor (played by Dwayne Johnson) devises a plan and uses “football” as a way to get the group to learn everything. With the help of “football” he tries to teach them discipline, the need to work hard, the need to step up when life knocks you down with every situation. He tries lifting their self esteem. They find opponents in the form of different college teams who have way more training and facilities. They get beat down in every match with scores like 23-0, 36-2 etc. Imagine what might have gone through their minds which are already losing hope in life. But their “coach” as they call him, believes they can get better.

 

After gelling well as a team and having no fights, they play a match against an opponent who they beat with full conviction. That moment when the final whistle has blown… is when I get speechless. The happiness in the eyes of the parents who can see their sons finally smiling, jumping and full of life… is worth everything. 
 

This is a real story which shows the progression of these kids and how they fare in their life post their stint in the juvenile center. 

 

You lose your wife + livelihood + home + debit/credit cards and you have the sole responsibility of your little son. 

That’s how this story begins. How can you even fight out of this one? Let alone be victorious and live a happily ever after ending?
This man lived in miserable and godforsaken conditions to raise his son and give him a good life. Post getting a new job as a stockbroker intern, he had to strive for 6 months without a paycheck. Only 1 out of 20 prospective interns would make the cut. So life got tough. They moved from place to place for shelter. Every day was a day full of suffering. 
When your kid asks… Dad, where’s mom? Where’s our house? Why are we not taking the bus? Why can’t I have an extra chocolate…? What can you answer to that kid?

The story then revolves with how we steps up, takes all the opportunities and succeeds. The last few minutes of the movie can make even a stone hearted person to break down. I too was weeping post the last scene.
This is also a true story based on this man Chris Gardner who we all can learn from. No matter how many mistakes you make, if you have the will to succeed, you will.
Such stories are meant to be shared and thus I want you all to #lookup this optimistic story. I’d like to end my post with a quote.

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. – Harry Truman
This post is written for #Lookup Stories via Housing.com. Go check out their website for a complete new housing experience.


 
 
 

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