All You Need is You

Have you ever walked into a room full of familiar faces and felt like you knew no one? In the middle of a very busy day at work, have you felt the sudden urge of running away, leaving behind all that matters? Has there been a drunk moment when all those happy/sad memories of ‘The One’ come gushing back like waves in the sea?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then I know how you feel. I know it because sometimes, I’ve felt it too.

The ‘20 something’ generation believes they’ve been there, done that and know it all. And it’s only fair to think this way because at this juncture of life, a lot is expected from us. Deciding a career path for oneself, taking up responsibilities, shaping your own personality and lots more, builds unimaginable anxiety and confusion in our mind.

But somewhere deep down, we’re always very confused souls. And how do we find ways to clear this confusion? We ask around and start depending on what the society believes to be perfect.

Our mannerisms, personality, diction, and even attire is judged by people half as clueless as us. We take their opinion so seriously that we end up changing the very core of our being! And while the world out there says it’s okay to be mean to get your way around things, trust me it isn’t.

So, STOP! Take a breath and think. Place a finger on that one soul who thinks your happiness matters the most. Your conscience knows you best to give you one unanimous reply. It’s YOU!

So keeping all the worldly advice aside, find what brings a smile to your face and happiness to your heart. And if you don’t know where to begin, don’t fret. Here’s a head-start to make the most of your ‘Me’ time.

Invest in a good read, basically anything that interests you. You don’t necessarily have to be a bookworm and read those fat ol’ books. Start with a light read (preferably in the morning) and commit to reading a few pages every day. Once this becomes a habit, believe me, you’ll find yourself concentrating and committing to work a lot better. A good vocab is obviously a plus!

Another convincing way to bring joy to yourself is to explore the world around you. No, we’re not talking about an expensive getaway to Spain or a sojourn in Paris. Let’s leave that for the movies. We’re suggesting short trips to those parts of the world that were always on your wishlist. I can say this with personal experience that travelling makes you fall in love with yourself and the world, along with some unforgettable experiences for a lifetime. Only then would you realize — wanderlust is not just a #hashtag.

To love yourself more, you should also invest in taking care of your body. A fit body makes for better EQ (emotional quotient), and a stronger mind. Start with workouts as simple as cycling, a sprint down the lane, or even yoga. This not just accomplishes a few #Fitnessgoals, but also gives you enough time to introspect and analyse situations better. For all you know, you could come up with better ways of dealing with situations that sent you into a frenzy, the last time.

When they say the kid in you never dies, they’re not all wrong. Activities that seemed childish a few years ago, are a great way to add joy to your life! Pick up a hobby - join the dance class, wander around clicking photographs or go back to that long lost love for sketching. Basically anything that makes you go to bed with a smile on your face.

While there is so much more that can bring joy to your life, only you can attract all that to yourself.

Because the purest form of love is self-love.

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