29 was the age when Buddha left his family, his palace, his old life in search for enlightenment. I have not taken such drastic steps but at 29 I realised that I was not being true to myself. A couple of years before, I was in a WH Smiths (a newsagent) in London looking at what to get my brother for his birthday. I am ashamed to say that in the bargain bin I came across a small picture book called, “The way of F**k It” by John C Parkin. I flicked through it and thought it looked pretty funny. The book was about saying a big f**k it to things that don’t really matter so much and to encourage us to let go and be free. I bought it and gave it to my brother, not really thinking anything more about it.
Last summer, when I was 29, I came back to London for a job interview. I had convinced myself that this job was going to lead me to the career I wanted, a career that I had been building for the last six years. Six years spent doing internships; studying; working; seeing the world; and meeting extraordinary people. After the interview, which I knew wasn’t successful, I came back to my brother’s place and lay on the bed, exhausted. I noticed that on the bedside table was the F**k It picture book. Drawn to it, I picked it up and read it. After reading the funny yet bold captions, I decided that July 2012 would be my f**k it month and I would apply the principles of letting go, being honest with myself, enjoying the moment and not taking things so seriously to every situation in my life.
One year on and many great changes have happened in my life. Changes for the good. I am trying to live a life true to myself and be the best possible person I can be. I have realised that the more you give, the more you get back. So that is why I decided to write this blog. I was thinking about what themes or topics this blog should have and then I just thought, “Why not write about the things I have learnt over the past year and get the message out?”. So this blog is about self-help, philosophy, well-being, spirituality, health and anything else that I think is worth writing about! I hope that what I write can provide inspiration to those of you who want to live the fullest life possible.
At 29 years of age Buddha started his journey, and so did I.
So were r lookin' forward to the next blog entry! 🙂
Thank you Anonymous! Will be writing soon! 🙂
Enjoyed your two entries so far. As you say we are all torn up with trying to live up to other people's expectations plus our own which are always even more demanding. The important thing is to be true to yourself, love yourself, face yourself, forgive yourself for being imperfect and make yourself a better person through small gradual changes. We get caught up in a loop and find it hard to break out of the rut. That's when those small little goals, easily acheivable ones, really help to see that things can change. Change is much more likely to be permanent when it is done slowly. That's my living room philosophy.
I completely agree with your living room philosophy 🙂 Thank you for reading and for your brilliant comment.
Always enjoy reading anything you write Gems. Thanks for sharing your thoughts
Thank you, A. I hope you keep reading and enjoying my blog.