A letter to my 12 year-old self

As I reach my late teenage years, I would like to write an imaginary letter to my 12-year-old who is just about to enter his teen-life. So here it goes-

Hi. This is the 16- year- old Himanaya from the future. Yeah, I know your life is going great. You have a close group of good friends, get good grades and are doing well in sports too. But let me tell, you’re in for a wild ride in the future. Let me sum it up for you-

1. Many of your friends would leave school and you would reminisce about them a lot. You would barely have any friends (maybe 1-2) who were there with you since day one. But don’t worry, you will make a ton of new friends who are equally as good if not better. Also, 2 of your best friends will still be your best mates.

2. You love playing table tennis and are proud to be a part of the school team. But let me tell you, you would leave this sport and shift to Basketball and enjoy playing that much more. A bit difficult to digest since you once willingly left the basketball club once but it’s the truth. Also, you would stop playing cricket in the park in front of your house as none of your colony friends would come to play anymore. Instead, you will have a proper basketball stand at your house.

3. Your favorite tennis player, Rafael Nadal would win many more slams but would get injured many times as well. Your favorite cricketer M.S. Dhoni is still playing and is still winning games for India. Your favorite cager Kawhi Leonard has left the Spurs and helped the Raptors reach the finals.

4. A game named Fortnite would have you addicted and believe it or not, you would grow to hate your then-favorite game- Clash of Clans. Moreover, remember when you said that you don’t want a personal phone until you finish class 12? Well, that’s a blatant lie as you would ask and get a phone in grade 9 itself.

5. You would end up taking commerce instead of your then-favorite subject- Science. Your ambition of becoming a scientist would change to that of becoming an economist.

6. You wouldn’t care about marks anymore and would even give an exam without preparing for it. You would realize how foolish you were caring about marks so much.

7. You would end up becoming the coordinator of your school magazine and writing a story in a book. Moreover, you would start writing a blog. Writing would become your passion!!

8. Believe it or not, you would end up liking English songs more than Hindi songs. You would still be a movie buff.

9. Your hobby of reading would remain but the number of novels you would read won’t be much.

10. You would become much more confident than you were. You would still talk less in school but would stand up for yourself whenever the need be.

11. There would be really sad times but you will cope up with it. Some people will hate you and compare you with others but there would be no use thinking about them and their nonsense talks.

12. You will really mature and end up realizing that social media is a way for most people to show-off and waste time. You would stop comparing yourself to others and become more content with yourself.

13. You’d be involved in two motor accidents. You would escape without injuries but would start appreciating life more. You will also realize how lucky you are as compared to the rest of the world in terms of having materialistic comforts and luxuries, a loving and caring family, and a fairly smooth life

14. The person you would end up talking to the most is going to be a huge surprise and never in your wildest dream would you think that this would happen!

 

Like it or not, a huge adventure awaits you!

Is addiction always bad?

“Everything in excess is opposed to nature”-Hippocrates

To put it simply-Yes addiction is always bad. I don’t understand the notion that there are some addictions that are good.

Almost everyone would agree that addiction to alcohol is bad because it causes damage to your organs such as the liver. Similarly, nobody except perhaps those who themselves are addicted smokers, would go against me when I say addiction to smoking is bad because it affects the lungs and causes cancer. Oh, and obviously 99% of the people would agree that addiction to toxic drugs is detrimental for our body.

Then, there are people who proudly proclaim that they are and are indeed addicted to things like caffeine as if it is a good thing.[I also have to admit that I am addicted to chocolate and want to show my addiction to the world. So yes, you can call me a hypocrite 🙂 ] Obviously it does minimal harm if taken in moderate amounts but then addiction to it is never good. Until consuming coffee remains a habit, there is nothing to be worried about but then if you can’t “live” without it then that’s a problem. I have friends who say, “If we don’t get coffee every day, our day’s productivity would be minimal”. What if they stop getting coffee some day? Would they be able to work as efficiently as they could if they had coffee?

On the other hand there are poeple who are addicted not to things and consumables but to talking yo people- their best friend, their boyfriend/girlfriend and their loved ones.(Again I’m guilty of it) Some people proudly show this addiction by posting on social media their call log which displays the call time.(Strange people).Similarly people are happy to be addicted to playing video games, watching shows and movies.(Again, I’m guilty) . I, myself was addicted to Clash of Clans, a mobile game, around 2 years back. This lead to a downfall in both my personal and social life. What people don’t realise is that getting addicted to anything is bad.

And yes, getting addicted to your work is also not something to be happy about. There is a difference between being passionate about something and being addicted to it. If you are addicted to your work, you will have no time for your family, for your social life and chances are you might end up getting depressed. Also, to all the parents and students out there, studying too much is harmful for the child. You might argue that formal education is necessary but so is having hobbies and a social life. But then partying day and night doesn’t do anyone any good.

Therefore, its not only drugs, cigarettes and alcohol which can have adverse effects on us. Almost everything in this world is deleterious if taken in huge quantities be it consuming excessive beer or talking too much!

To sum it up, when water which is the basic need to sustain life, is hazardous in large quantities, then there can’t be possibly anything which is good in excessive amounts.

Also addiction to writing and moralising too much can be bad so

Over and Out!