Level up

In 2017 I had decided to buy a Graphic tablet, so that I could create my little Ahiru digitally. It was just a dream back then, a stubborn & naive dream to ‘create’. I would like to mention here that 2017 was the only year when I had finally given my self-created cartoon character the name ‘Ahiru’.
(Note: A Graphic tablet/ pen-tab is an input device, used by graphic designers and illustrators to design or create artworks digitally. Needs to be plugged into the laptop/pc with USB)
I remember asking my dad stubbornly, that I wanted him to buy me a graphic tablet. I used to keep coming up with new reasons everyday stating why I really needed the Tablet and how it would really help me in accomplishing my dreams. At that time the graphic tablet I was demanding was priced around 10k and I was not even a graphic designing student. I was in 2nd year of my B.Sc. Genetics and I was so full of dreams and enthusiasm, enough to make me want to run away on a totally different path than that of my current education field. Finally, after few days of pleading and acting cranky in the house, my family agreed to buy me the tablet.
The day my first graphic tablet arrived I cried, not because I was overwhelmed with joy. I cried because I had zero experience and knowledge for being able to operate a tablet. Forget about the whole Ahiru character, I was not even able to write my own name with it. I cried for the whole day and felt like I had made a big mistake by making my dad buy it for me. I avoided using this Pen-tab for few days but later on I finally decided to channelize my stubbornness towards learning it.
Today, after 3 years of being in this game of my own, I am finally able to create artworks digitally. Not only that, I am a verified artist on two different startup platforms: ‘FranklyWearing’ and ‘FandomRealm’, and the owner of my own startup AADOODLES with my little Ahiru Shop on ‘Instamojo’.
All along this journey I learnt one thing, ‘I challenged myself’!
I challenged myself to learn more, to learn something on my own by visualizing a teacher in everyone I met and every new opportunity I came across.
Today, I have challenged myself with yet another difficulty level in this game of my own. I still have sparkling dreams in my eyes which seem rather impossible at the moment. But, buying a graphic tablet and learning it also used to be one of the ‘impossibilities’ back then.
Remember, no matter how tough the situation seems to be, no matter how many people around you try to hold you back; If you believe in something, it is going to come along your way one way or the other. Don’t give up on yourself and don’t quit this game of your own. A difficulty level is nothing but something that came along your way to make you a better person, to make you a better player.
“It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small, and the fear that once controlled me can’t get to me at all” – Idina Menzel
Remember to take a step back and appreciate your achievements, no matter how small they might be. You are your own motivator and you ‘Can’ be the creator of your own journey. All you have to do is keep Levelling up!

Nirvana

We have all heard about reclaiming the inherent power that we have. Each individual is always more than just a body with a soul. What we do have to understand is that, we are souls carrying this body.
It is said that when received in abundance, beautiful things become invisible to the eye even if they are right in front of you. ‘When each day is the same as the next, it’s because People fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives, every day that the sun rises.’ (Excerpt- The Alchemist)
We all want ultimately to be happy, to live life to the fullest. But what we do forget amidst all this chaotic humdrum is that our days make our months, and months our years. If you are not living your day fully up to your expectations, you will in return be left with a month which was unsatisfactory and unpleasant. To create the pleasant years, you need to stack up your days into a pleasant month.
After all, ‘Nirvana’ is not a place, it’s a state of mind. There is Nirvana all around you if you are willing to see it.

You are in Nirvana if you are appreciating the little squirrels climbing up and down the trees. You are in Nirvana if you are observing the tiniest beautiful things around you. You are in Nirvana, when you pause and breathe. With each breathe, we breathe in new life, a new hope and with each breathe out we let go of the thoughts that are toxic to us.
So just go outside, have a walk, appreciate what was already there before but never noticed by the eye.
Talk to yourself and keep a gratitude diary, for each time when you’ll get back to this diary, you’ll be back in Nirvana again.