/ ANJALI, 18, INDIA
I’ll be going back to my hostel (college accomodation) tomorrow; I’ve set a wee queue until next weekend. (:
I was twenty-one at the time, about to turn twenty-two. No prospect of graduating soon, and yet no reason to quit school. Caught in the most curiously depressing circumstances. For months I’d been stuck, unable to take one step in any new direction. The world kept moving on; I alone was at a standstill. In the autumn, everything took a desolate cast, the colors swiftly fading before my eyes. The sunlight, the smell of the grass, the faintest patter of rain, everything got on my nerves. How many times did I dream of catching a train at night?
Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase
1. Immerse yourself in something cathartic. Be frenzied, be ardent - hang on to that something with all your strength.
2. Learn to love yourself in solitude and yourself with someone.
3. Unbolt your heart, untangle the mesh across it, don’t let fear mar you from exploring the infinite possibilities of love.
4. Don’t evade change, let it mould you but don’t forget who you are and what you stand for.
5. Be able to distinguish between bravery and foolishness.
6. Be kind, both to yourself and those around you.
7. Stand up for what you believe in. To hell with those who disagree.
8. Know when to let things go.
9. Don’t let the drowsy sweetness of nostalgia fool you. Things were never as perfect as it makes them seem. Dwell on the past, reminisce, miss all that you’ve outgrown but don’t live in retrospect.
10. Take the risk you’re conflicted about.
11. It’ll be okay. Remember that.
Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.
Mark Victor Hansen
Children are afraid of what they cannot see, the unknown lurking in the darkness. Adults are afraid of all that they can see, the frightful reality. Maybe that’s why they watch horror films - they want to be scared of something unreal, something they’re not helpless spectators to.