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Let me begin by telling you what it is not.

It is not a quote you read in a book, or heard in a movie, or the lyrics of a song, which somehow define your life to the T. It is not that, darling.

It is a lesson your life taught you. It is a lesson your life taught you.

You may have learnt it the hard way, or the easy way, the long way or the short way, the crystal clear way, the discovering-in-a-haze way, but the only words that matter here are “you” and “learnt”.

You learnt it. You extracted it out of the way(s) life was trying to teach it to you. You pulled it out, examined it, and made it your own.

Your life lesson can come to you in one sudden experience, or gradually with introspection, and in hindsight, over months and years. But the fact remains that you learn it all by yourself.

All. By. Yourself.

You don’t have to live an extraordinary life, or go ahead live an absolutely extraordinary life; it matters little. What’s important is that you live. Wholly. Presently, as much as possible. And mindfully.

And then, be open to leaning what this big juicy life is trying to tell you. And it will try to tell you things, things that if you listen closely, will become life lessons. Your life lessons. What you deciphered, interpreted, and pulled out from living the life you live.

Not a quote you read in a book, or heard in a movie, or the lyrics of a song, which somehow define your life to the T.

Instead, a lesson you learnt: the one that changed you, in small ways and big. A lesson you never forget. A lesson that has a story behind how you learnt it. A lesson that runs deep in you. A lesson you pass on carefully, gently, willingly.

A lesson that is yours first, before it is anyone else’s. A lesson that is yours first, before it is anyone else’s. A lesson that is yours first, before it is anyone else’s.

 

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About The Author

After having been a writer and sub-editor for two years with lifestyle magazines, Tapshi is now on a deliberate and happy sabbatical. She is trained in jazz, jazz funk, and contemporary dance styles and has also been class teacher to 13 third graders in a school in the Himalayas. She is many different people from one day to the next, but boil her down, and she is just words.

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  1. Deepak Sir is the source of my inspiration to join this Blog. After meeting him I realized how much incomplete my life is… I am living an aimless life but now I have decide to bring a change in myself by even doing a smallest thing which can bring a smile on some other person’s face through my slightest attempt.

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