Manifesto 2018

“We all come into existence as a single cell, smaller than a speck of dust. Much smaller. Divide. Multiply. Add and subtract. Matter changes hands, atoms flow in and out, molecules pivot, proteins stitch together, mitochondria send out their oxidative dictates; we begin as a microscopic electrical swarm. The lungs the brain the heart. Forty weeks later, six trillion cells get crushed in the vise of our mother’s birth canal and we howl. Then the world starts in on us.”

Excerpt From: Doerr, Anthony. “All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel.”

Gratitude has been a constant theme of living for past year or so. Living with intention and reflection is the way to live. To be fully present. To be connected with self. We have been losing it, haven't we?  

Musk is talking about training humans to be par with AI?? And while my first reaction was WTF?? I quickly recovered to appreciate the vision. I am not a proponent of this idea but I get it. The planet by and large is so hyper connected that we all are losing connect with selves and turning ourselves in gadgets.  So really, what is the difference between a Humanoid and a Human? I know, this is oversimplification and then again I think it's time we simplified. 

It really should be simple and effortless. This living!

I keep trying to be have a disciplined routine to life .. to eating, to work, to writing, reading, to getting up... and to sleeping... all half-heartedly, though. Am not here - I have never completely been here. a haphazard way of existence, that does look all put together.

A New Years begun - the year I complete another decade!  

There are days that loneliness drowns me - there are days I couldn't care less and there are days I even care about the ant colonies. It’s winter and I’m messed up, with a mask of smile.  But I stepped into this last year of the decade with a heart full of intents and head full of blueprint of a living charter.

Have been given these lovely, cozy, messy, glorious moments - make it count. 

Goals of some fundamental self-transformation:

1. Open my Heart, Mind and Self to New things, New People and even the Ones who love you now! 

Yes! the most difficult one, this! One tends to be self reliant, one tends to grow up all self done and one forgets that even then there are forces and people at play behind the scenes, making it all work for you! I walked into the year with a pocketful of this already! It's a dance routine I guess! 

2. Travel Alone - not for business but for self - see the world outside periscope and instagram

3. Invest in Self - Mind and Body. Get Richer. Fill myself with Peaceful Silence within

4. WRITE

I whole heartedly believe in power of Santa even when Satan is hovering close and thats how you top up the shitty moments - Rustle up fun naughty memory moments when the world begins to start on you!  

A very Happy New Year, Universe!  (although am pretty sure the Universe doesn't care about our calendars!)



Copyright©Neerja Yadav

Octave

“Mummy, am I really a blessing?”, “Mummy, do you know pharaohs wore ball pythons?” “Mummy, are you ok?” “Mummy, girls are more important because girl has more letters than boy!” So proud! And, So many things I love about you that are pushing forward and wanting to absorb more of life.

From the little quirks of 3rd grader to those glaring glimpses of a teen you will become - almost everything about you has a stamp of you. The gentle new soul - the inquisitive brilliant mind - in awe of what the world truly has to offer to the nonchalant way you deal with the little disappointments and hurts. 

I have been writing and rewriting this letter in my mind for ages now and here I sit hurriedly trying to give shape to the spinning supernova you are becoming. 

This year you become a bit more of the man - I am proud to have as a best friend, bit more of my contribution to making the world a better place - bit more of my heart out on two feet growing taller and a bit more of love - I didn’t know I had the capacity for ... 

Happy 8th Birthday Darling! 

Mi MaaO loves you Eleventy Million times Universe

Copyright©Neerja Yadav