Sunday, July 08, 2012
Growing up has never been an easy job and would require constant personal reflection on your part as to how you want to grow up. People younger than you will not make sense to you and ones who are older will want you to “grow up”. Still there is a certain magic about growing up.
You must always remember that you are not the only one who is passing through this age. There have been numerous people before you and millions who will follow you. There is a difference between turning a particular age and being that age. After birth the only way to live is to grow up. Everyone has their own journey and experiences. No two growing up experiences or outcomes have been the same ever. The best thing about growing up is that you get to script your own future in the way that you want it to be. You are what you choose to be. With growing up comes responsibilities’ and I am sure you must be feeling the same. I still get butterflies in my stomach when I think of what the future holds for me and I am responsible for what I do with my life as that affects others as well.
In good times, things are favorable (no matter what you do) because whatever you do, things will turn out to be agreeable and just fine. However it is the unforeseen and capricious times that require special attention and preparation. Here I am reminded of a quote attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, one that seems appropriate during times that lie ahead of your growing up years: “what lies behind you and what lies in front of you are tiny matters in comparison to what lies inside you”. The power to change does not lie with someone else. It is within you. Your will to do better and impressive things with your life requires effort from you. Jack Welch (ex Global CEO of GE) had written a book “Change your destiny or someone else will”. Napoleon Bonaparte did not have line of fate. He made one on his palm. There are innumerable examples of how very ordinary people have done extra-ordinary things. The key to success is consistent, smart and hard-work.
There are no free lunches in this world. Nothing happens by chance. Everything about you has a plan and a purpose. Nothing comes out of nothing. Something comes out of everything. As far as I have understood growing up, I know deep inside each one of you will grow up to be a very responsible woman/man one day. You have the capability and you have to work at exploiting it to your advantage. Remember we live only once. Time and tide wait for none. So seize this moment, for now is what you have.
Build a life for yourself where you have garnered enough strength to do the things that you want to do and most importantly make difference to others. If you have power then your word can be heard by many and your thoughts and actions can be put to better use.
I don't know of any other life. Do you?