It is great to have friends. It is even better if your friends do things. Nothing tops having healthy jealousy among friends who do things though. That is how I define my relationship with my friends from my hometown.
Each of us has a different path, and we realise that. It is in that realisation that we continually push each other to become the best versions of ourselves. I wouldn’t have done half the things I did in the last five years had I not been around those people.
The Moment Before The Moment: IBA2017
Ever had a moment where the build-up to the moment was even better than the thing itself? That was how I felt when Indiblogger’s Indian Blogger Awards 2017 were announced.
I was watching them. My parents were continually checking in with me. My brother was also watching it in another city. This was the usual part.
The better part, the one that filled me with awe, was that my friends had also logged on the website. They were watching too and let me tell you with all honesty, if you have that kind of support in life, you can accomplish anything. I can say this with certainty because of how I felt at the moment.
I didn’t care if I would win the award or not once I saw how everyone was so honestly rooting for me to win. That wasn’t everyone on a broad level, just the everyone I was concerned with, and that was enough.
That was the moment. That’s what I’ll remember more than my name coming up on the screen which was also amazing in itself.
My group has weird dynamics; they are almost ideal. In fact, they are movie-like, and I hope I’m not jinxing it by saying that I’m lucky to have people around who will tell you “too slow” with what they do and come and pick you up if you fall.
Why Do I Do Whatever I Do?
It’s because these numbskulls won’t stop growing while also supporting me. We push each other using words and actions alike.
I’ve thought a lot about it, and I realised that one of the main reasons why you do things is because the people around you are always pushing themselves. The only reason a person strives to do something is when they are surrounded by others who do.
The fact of the matter is that once you see everyone making an effort in life, you don’t just stay in bed and go, “I’ll do it tomorrow”. Instead, you feel oddly left behind even though you aren’t and this is why I think that most talent in history wasn’t individual. Instead, it came from a consortium of people who came across one another again and again. They couldn’t help but run into each other. Scientists, artists, visionaries, entrepreneurs; take your pick and you’ll see that most of them met each other.
I love that I’ve become surrounded by more creators and free-thinkers since the last couple of years. The number is increasing exponentially, and it’s almost beautiful that most people I know have a side-hustle going on. It isn’t monetary or focused on one aspect, but that everyone around me is doing something is reason enough for me to get out of bed every morning and spring myself into action.
To already have doers in your immediate vicinity then is not something you find everywhere, I guess, and for that, I’m genuinely grateful.