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Celebrating A New Year…

Celebrating a New Year. Well, in more than one ways for Psyched, I can say…

Resolutions, cards, gifts, promises, wishes and loads of fun.. In a nutshell, these describe the way we plan to celebrate every new year. Cards, gifts and fun, and a hell lot of it too.. They make their way into the list of things we achieved. But somewhere along the line, the resolutions are forgotten, promises are left broken and wishes, well wishes never even stand a chance against the ‘hectic’ schedule that we have been burdened with.. We never take the time to retrospect on the events that could have been, had we taken a different decision. We never look back at what we have lost while trying to gain what, in the end,  we didn’t even gain. In short, rather than learning from our mistakes we end up making the same mistakes over and over again.

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New year is about leaving the past behind, but still present within our mind.. The sentence seems to be contradicting itself, you may say… But if you think about it, it isn’t. Let me explain.. You need to forget all the tribulations you had to undergo but remember what it taught you.. The mistakes that you made, and how you could have avoided them or rather how you can avoid them in the future,  than wasting your time just contemplating about what could have been. Think on how you will act in the future, and not how you should have done then. Think on how you can make yourself better, and not what you could be had you been better..

Life isn’t cruel.. Our expectations make it so.. We often confuse luxury with comfort, and as such end up not being comfortable with even our luxurious possessions. We often mistake what we could do with what we should do. We never look back, even to learn. “Just point your nose straight and walk forward, no questions asked” , this is what we have been bred to do. Why??  ‘cos others are supposed to be better than us at taking decisions?? Or ‘cos we are just puppets, who have to do what people expect us to?? Or is it ‘cos we lack the determination, the courage to glance into our hearts, take a deep breathe, and march forward to achieve what it hopes us of, rather than what we feel would secure our future??? Whatever the reason, the baseline is, we end up being in someone else’s shoes, an ideal person’s.. We lose the most important part of our being: our flaws. Flaws that serve as a reminder that we aren’t ideal, that we have more to learn, to adapt, and to be humble..

Oops.. Got a bit carried away there…

This post isn’t about “what could have been.. ” or a session on “Finding Yourself.. “, though I may take up those topics sometime in the future (emphasis on ‘may’, not the month though.. ;) ).. This post is to commemorate the first anniversary of  Psyched.. Hell yeah!! We are a year old now.. And as of yet 50 posts rich, and still going strong.. :D Psyched was started as a means to release all of the ‘pheels‘ that were confined within the minds of the two rookies. And we hope to continue doing so in the next year.

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Oh! wait. It is the New Year too. Was excited a bit too much with completing a year of blogging, that I completely missed that we are already into 2013 in a few parts of the world (Christmas Islands, Kiribati celebrates New Year almost a day before they do so in Hawaii).

So once more wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2013. May you make and break new year resolutions like every-time. Hope to continue blogging with the same passion that has been, or even more. And will try to put up more pictures, more posts and more everything ( Emphasis again on ‘try’, though I sincerely hope to do so :P ).

Let’s gather around and celebrate the dawn of a sparkling New Year.
May it bring gifts of joys, good health & surprises throughout the year.
Here’s to a New Year filled with hope, happiness and good cheer.
Here’s to a New Year with all the joys yet to unfold.
Happy New Year 2013..

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We are off to Never, Neverland…

No, Never, Not ever!!!” has become the new success mantra for the youth these days. We are hesitant to try something new, anything that is alien to us. Why??? ‘cos we are afraid of being embarrassed in front of our peers and strangers alike. Afraid of being found trying something that we obviously aren’t good at. This false sense of pride is the reason behind our narrow horizon, the reason why we can’t outgrow the imaginary shell cast upon us by the society. To surmise it up, we are now steadily advancing towards Neverland.

“Neverland”.. Where have you heard it before? Hmmmm… Try going back to your childhood.Rack up your memories. You must have certainly read or even heard the fairy tale “Peter-Pan“. In the story, Neverland is a paradise for the kids, where they don’t grow up. Where they have no need to study. But it’s real world counterpart is a lot more sinister. It is a hypothetical cage created by each individual where the thoughts of rebelling against the fixed norms, and making their own paths in the life are incarcerated. In this Neverland, you never get to know what you are capable of. What your true calling is. You just keep on walking on predetermined paths, ones from which even a single step astray won’t be tolerated. This is what we have chosen for ourselves, by not accepting what we could have, had we chosen to say “Yes” when the opportunity presented itself.

The movie freaks among you must have drawn a parallel among this writing and the flick “Yes Man”. The lead character is one who refuses to do anything out of the ordinary in his life, afraid that it would break the armor that protects his monotonous life, one that he is used to. But later, owing to a ‘sacred’ pact he made, he has to accept everything that comes his way. As the story progresses, he learns to enjoy life, to admire all that this world has in store for all, but few to realize them. The movie aptly portrays the grim face of the society. The society whose denizens have learnt to stagnate themselves. Giving in to societal conventions, learning to crush our hopes, and doing what we are expected to do, and not strive to achieve what we really want to.

The fairy tale might have portrayed a lively and fun-filled Neverland. But in this world, we are entrapped inside it’s grim and prison like cousin, which strips us off our ability to look beyond the horizon, to look straight at the sun burning bright, and smile, not ‘cos we truly achieved, rather than ‘cos we just reached…

 

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Two-Faced….

A thousand sorrows entrenched in a warm smile,
A million tears drowned in the depths of the twinkling eyes..
Twinkling not ‘cos of the joy that is his,
But ‘cos of the pretentious tears of happiness,
That keeps him driving.

His heart, no one’s able to find,
A forbidden gift that curses all,
With the knowledge that all’s not well,
With the one, who seems to forever keep on smiling.

A mask of pretension  is all that remains,
Remove it, and a child looks out of the dark,
One who never learnt to survive the forest where deception runs wild,
Sporting an appetite for the innocence in the unmasked child..

A freaky two-faced monster, feeding on his own emotions,
Trampling on the feelings that define him,
Distancing himself from those that care,
Trying to draw in strangers near..

 

Succeeding in bringing a temporary smile on someone’s lip,
Forever losing his own..
The innocence all seems lost,
The mask becoming his true face..

Looking back, he finds the path of thorns he walked on,
Looking on, he finds the paths strewn with hurdles unknown..
But he fails to look beside him,
To notice those who want just another glimpse,
Of the child who once smiled from the heart and honest eyes..

A two-faced monster, that’s what he has become,
Looking at the mirror, a mask is all he sees..
But hidden from the sight, still burns bright,
The twinkle in the eyes of the child,
Visible now, only to the eyes that really care to see…

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Pain Of A Thousand Dreams…

There’s this girl, Anamika, in our batch. Not much beautiful, yet cute enough to deserve a second glance. At the first glance, one would take her to be a silent and introvert kind of person. But those who have the opportunity to get to know her, to spend some moments with the ‘real’ her, and not just some goody-two-shoes act she was putting up, knew better. I was one of those elite few.
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