I recently came across a “Humans of Bombay” post which covered actor Rajkumar Rao. He spoke about his dreams, his struggles to gain recognition in tinsel town. One thing that stood out was his raw passion and his sticking to Plan A- that is making it big as an actor in Bollywood. He never had a Plan B. He knew he would make it and he did! I was in awe because I could see so much if myself in him.
I have always been a Plan A person. Set my sights on something and worked relentlessly towards it, believing that if I truly desire something with all my heart and direct all my efforts towards it, the universe will conspire and make my wish come true. Has it always worked? No it hasn’t. There have been failures and disappointments in life, I have stumbled, shed tears. But as time has passed and I looked back, I found that some of the things that dint work out had a purpose. It did not seem such a big failure as it once felt. Perhaps I had moved on.
I had a terrible time 2 days last week where something I have been pining my hopes on for quite a long time and have been working towards seems shaky now. It was a big dampener for me and what made it worst was I had little control over the outcome. I went through 2 agonising days but after that storm had passed, I could find my calm. I wont say I have completely gotten over it but it made me contemplate and I learnt something valuable-
- I rediscovered people who matter the most, those who stand by you at your worst. There have been times where I have been too occupied with the good things in life and did not bother to keep in touch but when I needed them the most, they were there.
- One should think of a Plan B. Its always good to have an alternative solution. While its practically difficult to let go when Plan A doesn’t work- its always a tough call to take- to let go and move on or stick on and work towards Plan A but having some options in sight gives a chance to choose.
- Nothing lasts forever. This is one of my favourite quotes and I have magically found it works each time. A week down the line I do feel that I have been able to put things behind me , at least to a great extent, understand that I did all I could and I have to leave some things to the Universe. The answers do seem very unfair at the moment but perhaps there is a greater purpose which I will find out someday in future.
Have you faced such dilemmas in your life? Do you have a Plan B? Or do you continue to unflinchingly work towards Plan A, though it may seem distant and unreachable. Look forward to your comments.
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