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The Most Important Learning No-one Picked Up From The Dead Poets Society

Spoiler: It has nothing to do with Carpe Diem.

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YOU WILL FAIL!!

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Yes, I just addressed the elephant in the room. You will fail and it’s ok to do so. And you can find a hell lot of articles on the medium that can tell you the benefits of failing, but I am here to make you absorb that feeling of pain and anger and disgust that you will feel when you fail.

The more you struggle, the more likely it is that you fail and it is necessary for a sense that it’s like breath for living.

But if it’s so noble and praiseworthy to fail why it is so that you are never rewarded for failure?

It is because the prize you get for failure is confined to your self, a thing that resides in your heart and nowhere else.

In this world where everyone seems to be living the perfect life, where everyone is a star on Instagram and Facebook, why anyone would boast their failure like medals?

It’s because you want to escape the inevitable truth. Just like death. Even when you know you cannot escape it still we live like there’s no way we are going to die, but it’s the only truth of life.

No matter if you are Bill Gates or a beggar you will die one day. And it’s the same with failure.

In the Mahabharata when Arjun was hesitant to kill his family members to restore justice and balance in the society, Lord Krishna asked him…

“Do you believe that you have the power of creation and destruction in your hand? You are just a mere human that has been used as an instrument by me to teach the world a lesson. Don’t blame yourself for the things you cannot control. Pick up your bow and fight Arjun”.

You have to let go of the illusion of control and thinking that you are the one responsible for all the things. Rather you must believe in yourself and do what is necessary.

Do your jobs will full believe and compassion and let the fear of failure rest because you cannot do anything about it.

Fail gallantly and terribly. Fail so hard that it’s impossible to live. And in that very moment, you will meet your true self, clear and pure. Then you must look into the mirror and tell yourself that you’ll rise like a phoenix.


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Appetite For Life

What course meal do you prefer?

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A sign

A few haikus about searching

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God Bless Kayaking

Working out, while looking within

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Isolation Forces Introspection

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COVID-19 has changed so many people’s realities and even after this virus is a thing of the past, who knows what the new world would be like. Outside our homes, the fear of coronavirus lingers with our every move. Inside our homes, we feel the impact of the virus and bombardment with constant coronavirus news coverage. The days are short and the weeks are long.

This new reality that we all face have no timeline and because of that, I knew I had to adapt to it. I accustomed myself to really accept things as they are. Accepted working-from-home despite its difficulty. Accepted only leaving the house when necessary and wearing personal protective equipment when doing so. Accepted not seeing family and friends. Accepted that what is happening is sad, bad and scary. This acceptance was not easily, but I believed I had no other choice if I wanted to use this difficulty time as an opportunity to thrive.

To acclimate myself, I signed off of all social media. I checked in with family daily and with friends occasionally. I only paid attention to the news during my work hours as I work in the industry. But the hardest thing to do was for me to sit with myself. With all distractions gone, I had no choice but to think of the choices I have made and the person I wanted to ultimately become.

In the process, I realized that my biggest problem was procrastination. The root of the problem though was from being a perfectionist all my life. Understanding that this was only holding me back, I decided I needed to end this need to be perfect all the time. So the journey begins and I know now that it won’t be perfect and it shouldn’t be because most of the beauty of this world comes from realness and not perfection.

In addition, I am also using this time to get back to writing, tackling my ever-growing book shelf, practicing self-love, and spreading positivity.

I hope you also use this time to do some self-reflection so you could keep becoming the best version of yourself. Sending love and well wishes!


Isolation Forces Introspection was originally published in ILLUMINATION on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Meditation

A Haiku- A meeting with inner self

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Whirlpool of emotions

Allow me within to stay

I will break shell outer


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In Hindsight

A nerd’s introspective poem

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