I have just heard the truth. And it wasn’t easy to digest. Quite ironically, it came from the peppiest of guys you would find out there. But I choose not to acknowledge it or rather, on a subconscious level, to falsify it with one of my lame excuses. Being lively and in the best of your spirits in a world that is trying to outdo you in the same regard is not an easy job. You have to employ the right amount of holding on and more importantly, the right amount of letting go to really get to the other side of that great wall of negativity.
If you talk to a guy who tells you that he feels like, say committing suicide, you can pep-talk him into the positive side of things and keep your sparks intact. But look at this from his perspective and you would feel yourself pushed even deeper into that trench you don’t want. To get a better idea, consider yourself conversing with some well-off guy who can actually afford to be peppier than you. If you spend some time with them, you will leave a lot less peppy than you were before the meeting. The same is true for everything else.
The world is actually not a cruel place; it’s a happier one. It’s happier, more vigorous and sturdy than you and whenever you find yourself exposed to the harshness of it, it is actually the world telling you your place on the hierarchy. There is little you can do about this and shit happens. All that is possible is to simply run for cover when the shit hits the fan. Just like a Salman Khan movie tells you in a rather comical but vital scene-
Woh bada sa jaanwar kaun sa hota Jiski badi si oommm? Haathi. Haan haathi. Woh hum hai.
Aur woh chhota sa jaanwar kaun sa hota hai, pew pew pew? Kutta. Kuttaaa. Woh tum ho.
Aur agar kutte ki dum hatthi ke paair ke neeche aa jaye toh kya karna chahiye ???? . .
Sir ji samajhdari isi mein hai ke dheere se nikal lo aur kya.”
Everyone of us has been there and done that. But we tend to forget any lesson we could take so as to help us out next time. Rather, we tend to lose some of our initial vitality again and again until we are reduced to that languid, dull, lifeless creature.
Picasso once said – “Every child is born an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”. I feel he meant all this that I have said here but with fewer words and deeper meaning. But what we learn from this quote is not that the said artist has to necessarily die but that Picasso survived and so can each one of us.