Friday, September 26, 2008

Broken Lives?

From some of my previous posts -

"The human brain is also a muscle. And like any other muscle, you have to push it past its limits to make it grow. You have to break the muscle to rebuild it into something stronger and something bigger."

"There is a saying I believe in. If you aint getting your hands slapped once in a while, you aint pushing the boundaries far enough. To grow you need to pull out of that comfort zone."

"Till you dont push yourself out of your comfort zone you'll never know what you can achieve. For 20 years I stayed at the same job and didnt move, because of the security. The comfort. I finally decided to move here so I could be closer to home and give more time to my business. Now I wish I had done this 10 years ago. You have to get out of your comfort zone. Initially its hell, but in the end its worth it"

"If you look at something (roadways, buildings, code, people) and dont see any de/construction going on, then either they are dying.... or perhaps, already dead."

The human body works on a similar mechanism. Your skin will shed layers and regrow. Cells are destroyed and created faster than you can say "Chamarrione Balasubramanian". Growth starts with breaking things down. In most cases.

I wonder if its true when it comes to life? Life gives us shit (sometimes), or so we feel. Flunked that test even after studying super-hard? Boyfriend left you? Divorced? Lost your job? Life was smooth till someone close to you is suddenly no more? Has there been an event which has broken you down?

When you start training for a marathon (or a 5K), there is a good chance you will collapse on day 1 after running for a mile. There is a good chance you will collapse with muscle pain at two miles, or three miles. And there is a good chance you will give up. Those who do not give up, their muscles rebuild, endurance levels rise and once they overcome the initial pain, they can run the entire length.

Replace the marathon with weight training. Start lifting heavier weights and you will feel the pain. The muscle breaks, but rebuilds into something stronger.

The same goes with challenging yourself on a mental plane.

Is it the same when life challenges you? All of the above are voluntary actions. You decide if you want to run the marathon, lift weights or enjoy a game of Sudoku. What you do not decide is whether that hurricane is going to blow away your house. Or if you are going to marry a psycho who looked perfectly fine before marriage. Its something no normal human would plan or implement. But if it did not happen, perhaps you would not see life the way you see it now. Perhaps its life's way of rebuilding you. Of making you stronger in areas you never would have volunteered to experiment.

Remember, when the muscle starts to break is when you feel the maximum pain. But if you keep working on it, this same pain turns into your strength. All you do then is look back at how puny you were then and laugh at it, or how fat you were then and laugh it off. When your life starts to break up, is when you feel the maximum pain. If you can still keep going and push yourself through this temporary phase, you will come out stronger. And in the long run, you will look back and perhaps just laugh at it.

... 19 days to go!



Blogger Iyer Education said...

i know what this is about

you had the most pain when you were going "bald"

and in another 19 days you are going to be reborn like himess (with long lustrous hair)

on a serious note... very thought provoking post

September 26, 2008 1:25 AM  
Blogger Scribblers Inc said...

that was a lot to think head is clanging with moralities right now...

Scribblers Inc.

September 26, 2008 3:37 AM  
Blogger Khizzy said...

eyes have glazed over.

September 26, 2008 5:46 AM  
Blogger DewdropDream said...

Wow! That was one helluva post! sadly it seems to me that my pain has been of no consequence because I didn't bother learning from it... just threw it out of my mind and never looked back :)

Good luck with whatever it is that's coming up, making you write posts like these. Shine on!

September 26, 2008 6:45 AM  
Blogger Solitaire said...

It is true. What does not kill you only makes you stronger.

September 26, 2008 12:02 PM  
Blogger Neeku said...

19 days to go for marathon ! ain't I right ?

anyways, nice post.

September 27, 2008 10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think i cracked your numbering game in each of ur posts... :) it ain't that difficult.

And per me i feel there are two ways of looking at a thing:
1) You are either too comfortable and need to get out of the comfort zone to make the change in your life.
2) Or You are so uncomfortable in ur zone that you need to get out of it in order to make the change for you to be comfortable.

Both ways it lies in your hands. And in both cases you have to bear the consequences to all the repercussions.


September 28, 2008 2:28 PM  
Blogger APOO said...

#Iyer: LOL! Thanks. I think going bald might be one exception to this rule. When your hair breaks, it breaks for good!

#Scribbler: Yeah, once in a while I like to make heard whirl! :)

#Khizzy: LOL! Thanks! I take no responsibilities for potential headaches.

#Dewdrop: Perhaps with every incident, you learnt how to get it out of your mind much faster? Perhaps you learnt to move on? I am sure its helped you in some small way when you look at the big picture.

#Solitaire: I always wonder who came up with that line. Its true in most cases. I agree!

#Neeku: Keep guessing. If you do get it right, I have a gift for you!

#Amrita: If you did, mail me your solution. If its right, I'll give you an award for reading my mind :P
And sometimes you might be at a good mixture of un/comfortable and have what you want, but you still want to get out to make a difference in the grand scheme of things?

September 28, 2008 9:54 PM  
Blogger Tazeen said...

Where is the Apoo we know, we want him back, leave him you philosophizing Martian.

On a side note, we always have some kinda construction/deconstrauction going on in Karachi, does that mean we are not dead?

September 29, 2008 1:59 AM  

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