Shifting Gears

A journey of reinvention and transformation.

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From birth to death, a human life goes through various stages of transformation. You keep learning and keep unlearning the various aspects that help you survive. And then you work on further improvement. For a larger part of the first half of your life you tend to get influenced by family, friends and society and go on and on as per the prescribed norms. Then there comes a time in your life when you begin questioning your own life so far.

I am at this juncture in life. I have already embarked on a journey of self-discovery and reinvention.

  • What am I? Or rather who am I?
  • What have I done so far?
  • What are my priorities?
  • What have I gained?
  • Am I happy with life so far?
  • What do I want to do?
  • What do I want to be?
  • What is it that I want to leave behind?

These are some of the questions I ask myself whenever I get those few moments of solitude to be with myself. And honestly, there are no clear answers that I have for many of these questions. All I can say is I was born blessed and my life so far has been peaceful and interesting. Contentment is what I have gained. But in that small corner of my heart there have been some doubts regarding what I want from life. And now that I have embarked on this journey I’m sure I’ll have more answers. A bit selfish you could say. But I feel everyone must be a bit selfish for good reasons.

The first step I have already taken and started treading on the road not taken. I am not sure what future holds for me but I am definitely sure that along the way I will cross a few of those milestones that I have always longed to.

The rat race is not where I want to be. I’m sure there are multiple avenues waiting for me to choose from. And because my intention is good I am sure the results too will turn out to be good. Optimism, my latest friend makes me want to believe that life will be beautiful.

Tread I will. Discover I will. Reinvent I will. Transform I will.

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Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and I want to tell every single person in this world that they should Never Quit!

I just completed 35 years of my life on the 6th of September 2014 and I am once again glad that I chose to Never Quit!  Life is beautiful even with all its failures and shortfalls. Keep moving forward. Shift your gears as and when necessary. You may have to divert your path many a times, you may stumble and fall down many a times. But it is all worthwhile. This life is a treasure that we must not waste for anything and for anyone. Because no one deserves it much more than we do. It is priceless!

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This post is part of the WordPress Daily Prompts : 365 Writing Prompts program where the aim is to post at least once a day based on the prompts that they have provided. Today’s prompt is, “Six of one, half-a-dozen of the other: Write a six-word story about what you think the future  holds for you, and then expand on it in a post.

The author Rekha Dhyani is one of the contributors to the We Post Daily and blogs regularly at Dew Drops. She also shares her lucky clicks at The Crystal Trance.

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5 Replies to “Shifting Gears”

  1. I think, we can’t discover the purpose of our lives, whenever we want to. It just comes to us when it has to. In the mean time, life prepares us for it through myriad experiences. Quitting may seem like an easy way out. But it isn’t. Things just start over once again. It’s a vicious cycle!

    Destination Infinity

  2. ‘Never Quit’ is a catchy phrase, but it could be easily misunderstood, especially by persons under severe pressure.
    I think ‘Never Quit’ should be changed to ‘Never Quit Life’.

    Quitting is an important part of life and should have no stigma associated with it.
    For example, I know a brilliant student who wanted to study philosophy, but was compelled by his elders to write the IIT JEE. He performed very well and joined IIT. He got good grades in his first semester, but felt completely stifled. He decided to commit suicide. At the last moment, he realised that he need not quit life to end his misery. He quit IIT. A few months later, he enrolled in an arts college for BA (Philosophy) and went on to have a glorious career in Philosophy. It was his decision to quit IIT that prevented him from quitting life.

    We all must realise that it’s OK to quit a course, a job, a marriage, anything; but we must cherish life.

  3. I do it and trust me, like you even I don’t have clear answers. But every time I do it, I get some clarity. Optimism is always a good thing to have and yes, never ever be a part of rat race. I might give some numbers but no satisfaction.

    Yes, your bigger message – never give up. 🙂

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