First-timer

Coming from a hot country, I’ve hardly seen a winter of less than 20 degrees.

Recently I shifted to a cold country where winter season forms a large part of the year(around 8 months). It’s my first snow here. I had been so ignorant about the cold countries and their people. At least, it is not the way I’ve seen in cinemas and shows.

For example, not everyone walks in skirts or short dresses. In fact, for the temperature here everyone is wearing multiple layers of dress to resist temperatures as low as -30 °C. And people certainly do not enjoy the walking phase here. When it’s freezing cold, people try to get to their destination as quick as possible. The couples dancing/romancing in snow or making snowman (except maybe during the Christmas period) or enjoying a long walk doesn’t happen here. With a lesser population, I hardly see people roaming outside. And a majority of the population owns/rents a car (to add, petrol seems to be less expensive here) and there is no necessity to expose in the cold for a long duration.

Since we use the public transportation, I have to walk to the bus station/ train station.  Although it is less than 10 min walk, even 2 minutes exposure makes you feel the body pain and while you breathe it is like a feeling that your blood will gush out of the nose anytime. The eyes become watery and while winking, it freezes and makes the eyes dry.

First few days it was damn difficult and we used to go out hardly twice a week.  Now gradually I am acclaimed I guess, and I was not prepared initially.

Nature, in a way, teaches something to us. Any new thing/experience in life looks difficult for the first time, but as you live with it by chance/choice, it becomes a part of your life. Only for the first time you can be ignorant and go through the difficulty.  Nature teaches you to be well-prepared from the next time.

Strive, if you want to Survive!!

Evolution begins in the survival of the fittest…. So does the world!!

There is one R that I would appreciate in an individual if he has the quality of Respect for the self. Yes!! At the same time I have always hatred for two other R’s: Reservations and Recommendation. The reason may be because I don’t fall in to any reservation category and that I always feel that only those people who don’t have potential to fetch things for them. So they are seen as backbone-less individuals.

When my job hunt begun, I was damn particular that I would always find a position for myself and that recommendations are seen as a prestige issue that I would even sit at home doing nothing rather than sitting in a highly paid job that came by reco. There was one friend of mine who stood by this decision of  mine. I was thus happy that there is atleast one person to think alike me. It was that time he told me a short story of a butterfly which still motivated me. It goes like this.

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. As he kept watching, a small crack appeared and the man watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress and to the man who was watching this, it appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther.

That’s when the man decided to help the butterfly. So what he did? He took a pair of scissors,  snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon and then the butterfly emerged out happily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would grow and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.

Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What this man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If nature allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. And we could never fly…

So if life puts us through tough times, understand that the best is waiting for you yet… As I always believe, life is like a spring board.. As much as you go down, you’ll go heights….. As much as you are compressed, that much you’ll go up…. Life is a circle, once a bloomy day leads next to a gloomy day !!