‘Tomorrow is today…if you want it to be.’
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”-Pablo Picaso
Yesterday at the break of dawn, as I sipped my morning black coffee while working on my current client project, I came across an image of utmost beauty. A photograph of the Taj Mahal in Agra. It was quite coincidental that I had just read about this amazing monument in the last book that I read. As I lay transfused in a situation that can only be described as serendipitous, I began to wonder if I would ever get to see this magnificent testament of love and human commitment.
This moment was important for me because, as I started my spiritual journey more than a year ago, I have made every effort to break down the walls of my personality/ego (call it what you want), all-the-while improving multiple aspects of my life. When it came to travelling, I always wanted to be ‘that backpacker who fears nothing and just keeps walking and seeing new places every year’, but it’s ironic that I haven’t really done anything about it in so many years now. I’ve always been so fixated with the idea of travelling, that it somehow gave me a false sense of achievement of something I never actually ended up accomplishing.
Have you ever found yourself talking about your latest project, hurdle or aspiration with someone? Sharing your plan and how you are working towards achieving something great for yourself? I believe we’ve all done this at least once in our lifetime. Where on hearing your plans, your well-wishers commend your effort and wish you all the best. Suddenly, you’re so happy to have been given that positive ray of hope, that energy of potential-success. As you lay in this trance, drugged with the dopamine that’s flowing through your body, your subconscious mind gets the feeling that you’re close to reaching your goal and that you are very close to what you actually want to achieve or in fact just thinking and planning is as good enough. Where in reality, the challenges waiting for you on your war-path to success is treacherous, your chances of success, extremely slim. As time goes by, you tend to find new challenges, new goals, new targets, new interests and that old plan lays still incomplete, waiting to be graced by your time, effort and commitment. Sorry… Went a little too deep there for a second.
I believe in today’s world it’s so easy to get distracted from what we truly want. Mainly because what we want, keeps changing or gets upgraded every few months. Not that change is bad or that you should not upgrade, but I believe persistence and commitment towards a single task are how one can improve themselves in any aspect of their life. Be it inculcating a good habit, stopping a bad one or achieving world-class success.
I’ve put off wanting to see India (the country I’ve spent the last 8 years in) for way too long and I’ve (finally) decided to make this trip. I am a bit worried when I think about this journey, a journey of a thousand miles. A journey of self-refinement, a test of character. I do not know where this road leads to or the challenges I am to face, but I know that I am doing this and I’m hella excited about what is to come.
I hope to share my travels and journey on this blog. If you have any suggestions for the blog you can contact me here.