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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Life Ain't All HaHa HeHe!!

"Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don't let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity."

When I read this quote for the first time my immediate reaction was to smirk and say Right!!!, atleast to the Uncertainty portion. But then I got thinking. Not definitely for chronic worriers, but the quote has some truth in it. The great thing about life and what keeps it infinitely exciting, is inspite of you trying to plan and predict, you will have absolutely no clue what's in store until you actually live it. We may live under a false sense of safety and security, thinking we have planned and envisioned carefully, that the chances of life springing you sudden suprises is kept to a bare minimum.

However, most often this is not the case. Events, people, places all have the possibility to become curve balls thrown at you, when you least expect. But the question is how much excitement can one take? Even though I am all for adventure sports and exciting things, there are times when you rather sit back and lead a simple life that hardly deviates from the ordinary. It may be perhaps there is only so much excitement you can handle and as you grow older, you crave for stability rather than constant chaos.

I for one love to travel. I have always thought it is one of life's simplest pleasures. To see new places, understand new cultures, meet new faces, get a souvenir or two. But then when life becomes a constant commute, does it still hold the same excitement? And if there is a good measure of uncertainty thrown into the mix as well, although like the quote says, boredom may be kept at bay, but your sanity too? I doubt. :)

I guess a lot depends on the way you handle it. If you think wherever the road takes you, whatever happens, however things turn out, you will cooly take it all in your stride, and nothing could ever be so bad that you can't accept or adjust, then I think uncertainty and mysteries can certainly spice up your life. A small dose of both is definitely welcome.

Ultimately, what really makes the difference is, accepting there will be surprises, good, bad and the ugly, knowing you can handle it, and doing so gracefully, and telling yourself, whatever happens, it surely must be for the good.


Blogger silverine said...

Beautiful post!!! There is so much truth in what you say. You do write some deep stuff girl and make sense at the same time. Won't spoil this further with my comments, but I hope that God gives all of us the grace and strength to handle the troughs and crests in our life voyage ...and keep afloat

November 09, 2006 10:56 AM  
Blogger Alexis Leon said...

Very true. It is up to you and how you handle things that makes the difference between success and failure, agony and ecstasy, etc. Nice post. Well written and I totally agree with Silverine and join her in her prayers...

November 09, 2006 1:20 PM  
Blogger Arjun Ramakrishnan said...

ha, life throws up so many surprises, some of them pleasant and of course to even it out, the rest unpleasant. I think we should always hope for the former and at the same time, be prepared for the latter.

November 10, 2006 12:42 PM  
Blogger Maya Cassis said...

lovely "from-the-heart" and refreshing post.You would also be an awesome travelogue writer or one of those people who are on "Travel and living" :)

November 10, 2006 10:20 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Depends on how we're wired, right? Most people (me included) can't handle more than just a little change. I think it's more bravado than anything else to think "all change is good", and while changing situations are indeed motivational, more often than not they're cause for a lot worse.

Sorry if I sound like a stick in the mud :/ Here's something to make up: more Rush (and the words)

November 10, 2006 11:29 PM  
Blogger quills said...

@silverine: Thanks so much. :) And I think your comments are so worth reading. :) And I echo your prayers.

@alexis: Thanks so much. Yeah, ultimately it is all up to us, although honestly there are moments, when graceful acceptance is the last thing on your mind. :)

@arjun:Great suggestion! Yep, that's what we should all try to do. And usually it works. :)

@maya: yay! Nice to see you again. :) Thanks so much dear girl!And what a lovely compliment, although don't think I am that good a writer.:) But you know, I would certainly love to do that..I think I had written briefly about it too..part of my dreams.:)

@jim: Wired is right!! And yes, I agree..sometimes it is difficult. And thanks so much for that cool tube..will check it out. :) So sweet of you. :)

November 11, 2006 11:01 AM  
Blogger quills said...

@jim: I checked it out..loved the song. :) And the words. Thank you soooo much.

November 11, 2006 11:13 AM  
Blogger amu (amrita) said...

well written. very matured thoughts. your logistics and rationale is quite optimistic. yes uncertainty and mystries are welcome surprises if you have fire in your belly to see through it.

November 13, 2006 4:55 AM  
Blogger flaashgordon said...

nicely written- Well, happened to remember one question which usual MBA interviews have. " where do u see urselves 5 years from now?" With everything in the world changing so fast , attempting to answer something like tht would be quite ridiculous..but then we all make up something for the occasion :-) As they say the only thing constant in the world is "change" ; so we've all got to equip ourselves to be always ready for new places, people amd ideas..


November 13, 2006 11:34 AM  
Blogger quills said...

@amu: Thanks. :) Fire in your long as it is raging, then things I fine I guess. :)

@Flash Gordon: Welcome here by the way! I remember that too....std question and even at job interviews. Change is the only constant. Have heard it so many times, but even then totally unprepared when it happens. :)

November 13, 2006 12:55 PM  
Blogger mathew said...

Some love the monotony of life..some love the chaos..But just like you said the script is not in your hands...Go where the tide goes..

Loved the last lines that summed it all..

"what really makes the difference is, accepting there will be surprises, good, bad and the ugly, knowing you can handle it, and doing so gracefully, and telling yourself, whatever happens, it surely must be for the good."

Hope is what makes it worth all..good analysis!!

November 14, 2006 4:20 PM  
Blogger Maya Cassis said...

Hey!then it's certainly worth a try.You must contact those Discovery people and find out if they could take u in their team.That way I would be glued to the telly if ur on it...guaranteed! :)

November 14, 2006 8:12 PM  
Blogger Geo said...

"Life Ain't All HaHa HeHe"

very true...
in fact, life is all haha hehe ONLY when u r in college... life changes once you start living :(

I know I am taking another tangent here, but when I saw this post now, this is all I cud think of.

November 15, 2006 12:58 AM  
Blogger quills said...

@mathew: "Hope" a simple 4 letter word but the power of its meaning, incredible.

@maya: So sweet. :)Well, even if Discovery won't have me, I feel good in knowing that you will not switch of the TV if and when I come onscreen. :))

@geo: Man!! Did I make the always sunny Geo a bit less sunny with my thoughts? :( Hope not.

But you know you are right, life was definitely all haha hehe in college. But the good thing is I guess we can still make it mostly haha hehe depending on how we live it. :)

And you were taggged actually by me. But when I deleted my blog that post went with it. The tag was to list 8-10 things that you liked as a child (0-12 years) and 8-10 things you disliked. Hope you still take it up tho. :)Alexis, Silverine, Mindcurry have all done this tag is quite a popular one too.

November 15, 2006 9:21 AM  
Blogger abhishek said...

what was the url for your earlier blog?

November 15, 2006 6:35 PM  
Anonymous Smitha said...

Hey I read somewhere (some other blog) that you were from HAC Trivandrum. Me too from there! Good to see another angelite who remembers Sr Brenda. Which year did you study there? I was there from 91-94 (left after 10th!) - Smith

November 16, 2006 2:30 AM  
Blogger quills said...

@abhishek: It is the same as this one.

@smitha: Welcome here! Always nice to see a fellow HACite. :) I do remember Sr Brenda, but I was couple of years senior to you. I too left after the 10th.

November 16, 2006 9:22 AM  
Blogger Jithu said...

good one mam!

i feel the mystery associated with future is what which makes life interesting. uncertainty avoids being bored, i dont knw, coz, for example, if i go for a drive and i knw the places end to end, there is no uncertainty and i still dont feel bored coz i enjoy the process of driving, neverthless it is monotonous.

ever wondered why the name of my blog is unCERTAINty and there is a sentence, "the essence of life" added to it? :p

November 17, 2006 9:34 AM  
Blogger Geo said...

Fulfilled thy order :D

November 17, 2006 11:45 PM  
Blogger KESI said...

"Life Ain't All HaHa HeHe!!"
Couldn't agree with you more:-). Knowing that we are capable of laughing our way through even the not so 'haha hehe' moments in life gives us great strength.
A comment to a comment: Am not very familiar with the school but my husband's sister also attended Holy Angels Convent in TVM.

November 19, 2006 2:00 PM  
Blogger hope and love said...

hmmm very very true.. but its often later that we realize it..

November 22, 2006 3:32 AM  
Blogger ~£i~ said...

Beautiful post. As you said correctly hopefully everything in life happens for good . The moment of truth in life is making decisions. As Paulo Coelho wrote in Alchemist "Making a decision is only the beginning of things.When someone makes a decision , he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision" . But somehow most of us hate the fear of unknown and hate uncertianlity and mystery . May be because it is our own life :).

November 24, 2006 8:43 AM  
Blogger abhishek said...

Write write...more...

November 27, 2006 5:47 PM  
Blogger Geo said...

now that u deleted, recovered and started all over again, I thot u would be more regular ;)

November 30, 2006 11:29 PM  
Blogger quills said...

@jithu: uncertainty does add spice to life, but sometimes I do wish I can predict the future. :)

@Geo: Very happy with you and my comment was first. :)

@kesi: You are absolutely right..if we can laugh our way through it then nothing like it. I am sure you must have heard a lot about HAC from you sil.:)I have only fond memories of my school.

@h&l: absolutely!

@li: Thanks so much. And thanks for sharing that thought from The Alchemist. I have never read it but one of the books on my 'To Read' list.

@abhishek: Want to..traveling at the moment on work and therefore finding it difficult to take some time to sticking to commenting at the moment.

@geo: :) Trying to be...finding it hard though. So much easier to just comment. :) And when's your next post out sir?

December 01, 2006 10:09 PM  
Blogger alex said...

Uncertainity is a thing of the future and mystery is a thing of the past.

Living in the present is Life, love and joy. Floating.....


December 02, 2006 2:55 AM  
Anonymous Anjaan said...

How true HOw true.
Makes me want to run right upto you and give u a BIGGG hugg!! :)

December 08, 2006 10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anjaan said...

Oops.. been rusty..
Dont click on my name in the previous link.. It wont reach me! *grin*
Click here...

December 08, 2006 10:15 PM  
Blogger KESI said...

hope all is well with thee...wishing you a very merry xmas and a happy new year! missing your posts!!

December 23, 2006 1:33 PM  
Blogger Maya Cassis said...


December 25, 2006 8:56 AM  
Blogger shruti said...

hey girl ..ur back and so am I ...nice post ..very interesting thooughts ..but i feel that uncertanity and adventure are required ..atleast soemthing new is definitely reqd as it teaches us some thing diff ... rountiness makes us dull and lazy ..ready to live life the same way day in and day out with any extra effort ..and very natural human tendency ..or maybe weakness !!

January 05, 2007 12:53 AM  
Blogger Jithu said...

hey, happy new year to u too.. have a great year ahead..

January 12, 2007 11:59 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hey where've you been? Still waiting on that completed comment, you know... :)

January 29, 2007 12:06 PM  
Blogger Has to be me said...

Good 2 c u back my girl! I was wondering whatever happened to u & ur blog! Noted the reason & hope 2 c u back in more action! TC :)

February 02, 2007 9:45 AM  
Blogger quills said...

@alex: Floating...good idea. :) But hopefully it is with a sense of direction.

@anjaan: So sweeeeeet!! :) Thanks so much. How is my favt RJ doing these days? And I did find my way to your blog home. :) Coming soon to comment too.

@kesi: I had a lovely Christmas with my family. Hope you had too. And Wishing you a fabulous New Year too! Can't believe we are already in Feb.

@maya:MErrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyy Christmas! :) A little late I know, but then your blog disappeared and I could not wish u back. :( Did Santa bring you loads of goodies for one of my favt bloggers? :) Hope you had a lovely time and wishing you a wonderful and fabulous 2007!

@shruti: I read your new post. So lovely it was and I am coming back to comment. Been busy traveling and all.

@jithu: Happy New Year to you too! :)

@jim: I am back..even if it is only to respond to (long over due, I know) comments. :) And hope you doing well.

@hastobeme: It is so nice to see my blogpals haven't forgotten me. :) Hope you are good and your family too. I have not been doing much of blogging lately, but hope to do so sometime soon.

February 02, 2007 10:25 AM  
Blogger richa said...

Hi quills,
i am gonna borrow ur quote and save it somewhere so that i can read it over and again whenever life gets too exciting or uncertain or both!
On a serious note, ultimately i think its a balance, life is abt situations thrown at us and the choices we make and i strongly believe that every choice has a flip side. it can never be perfect. so choose what u can take, accept the flip side when u make the choice and enjoy the journey. a wise and wonderfully exciting lady, nearly 55, told me this christmas....richa, u need to chill a bit! stop trying to lead a perpendicular life, let it go horizontal at times but try and enjoy it all through. And i thought to myself, how true!
A very happy new year to u!

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