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“You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think.”
— Marcus Aurelius.
For this week’s newsletter, I had planned to write about relationships. But in the light of recent events (the news about the demise of Sushant Singh Rajput), I decided to do an impromptu newsletter.
Before touching on today’s topic, I would like to share one of my favorite quotes:
“However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. Where there’s life, there’s hope.”
These words by Stephen Hawking always instill in me a sense of belief. It emphasizes on the possibilities that life may have.
- Stephen Hawking succeeded in becoming one of the best physicists despite his physical limitations.
- Steve Jobs was fired from his own company but eventually regained control and took Apple to where it is right now.
- The most loved politician and former President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam started his journey from a small town in Tamil Nadu where he had to sell newspapers to support his family.
- Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his life in prison in his fight against apartheid in South Africa.
- The founder of Reliance Industries, one of the largest in India right now, Mr. Dhirubhai Ambani was from a middle-class family and had to work at a gas station.
These stories are a testament to the possibilities of life. When a life is lost, there’s not much one can do about it. But as long as there is life, there is hope for a better tomorrow.
That is why Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise is not just an end of a life, but also the possibilities that come with it.
Specifically talking about Sushant, I remember how I used to follow him religiously on Twitter where he used to put out his intellectual perspectives. He was not only a great actor but also one of the most well-read people in the industry.
That is why I really admired him. His pursuit of excellence in multiple fields inspired me to do the same.
His sudden demise has really shocked everyone and we cannot even imagine what he was going through to take a drastic step like this.
It’s easy to come to the conclusion that one should not take his/her life. But it’s difficult to understand why one takes such a step. If anything, this incident must make us see the perils of mental health illnesses.
Now, I cannot give you a single solution for such complex issues. But here are a few things that we all can learn from this tragedy:
- Be kind. That’s the simplest and most effective advice I can give you. Being kind in general and not saying mean things to people is one of the best things you can do. If you cannot inspire someone, at least don’t pull them down.
- The pursuit of success is noble but we must also learn how to take failures that come along with it.
- Whatever situation we may be going through right now, always remember that it will not last.
- You must not get too attached to your success or your failures. Do your best and take them as they come.
- Your life may not be too important for you. But it is very important for people around you. By giving up on your life, you are pushing your loved ones into despair.
My only wish is that may his family has the strength to go through this difficult phase.
The Good Word
As you might know, the ‘Good Word’ is a series showcasing my favorite quotes/phrases. So, here’s this week’s Good Word.
“Men have emotions too so don’t be shy to cry. It’s okay to let it out and not hold it inside. It’s not a weakness but a sign of strength. Be man enough to feel. Feeling is human.”
– Sushant Singh Rajput
VyasSpeaks Featured Post
This week’s featured post is about the simplicity that our childhood had. It’s a gentle reminder to the times when happiness wasn’t as complicated as we make it these days.
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That’s all for this week. I’ll see you next Sunday.
Stay safe and take care.
With love, Shikhil Vyas