Tortoise Earning Rabbit Spending

Hi all. Yes, It’s story time. Here I am with yet another story. It seems like a lifetime that I have not been in the character of a script writer. So here I am to illustrate this tale to you. I have already written one horror based story and one love based story. Do check them out. So this time, I will write something about “struggle”. So here it goes.

To start with, disclaimer. This is NOT at all a true story. I have NOT copied the content. This is purely my imagination and hence please don’t try to sue me for this. I have nothing. I’m poor. and blah blah.

So here it goes, like a nursery tale. Once upon a time, there lived a girl. Let’s name her “Alia”. She was born in a well-to-do family. Though her parents had enough money to full-fill her wish, they still didn’t do it. Because they wanted to teach Alia the importance of money, the importance of earning and the importance of what actually you need in life.  Hence Alia got only those things very easily which were useful and needy. Like other kids, she too demanded an iPhone but her parents gave her a normal android mobile and told her to earn and get all the big things by her earnings. So in this way, Alia was not so happy because she always got a lower version of what she demanded.

Days passed by, Alia is educated now and she wants to study further, but abroad. Her parents were not so keen to send her aboard. They wanted her to stay in her home town only. The anger and argument in the house made her parents take admission in her favourite college, abroad.  Alia finally went to pursue her higher education. But she was not ready to support her own expenses. i.e. she was not ready to take the part time job in hand. That time, her parents refused to send her more money. Days passed by, and now Alia was forced to do one job in order to support her education. All her friends were rich enough to party and study. This made Alia feel like a poor girl in front of her friends. In anger, Alia decided not to come back to her hometown. But now she is comfortable doing jobs. And hence after education, she got a proper job. And here the lessons of earning starts.

Alia’s biggest dream was to become so rich to full-fill all her wishes in a few seconds. And her second dream was to open a pub. But she has to “save” money for this. Alia was carefree in her world, that she never cared for her expenses. Whatever she earned, she wasted it like water. And hence achieving her dreams was way far off. So, finally Alia had to give up her easy-going life and started saving money.

Days were good at the start. But one day, her friend requested some money to start a business. Since Alia had gone through this, she decided to help her friend. But the business never went into profit and hence Alia never got her money back. This made Alia buckle up her shoe and work extra time in the office. Working extra time affected her health and she was advised for a complete bed rest. She had spent a lot of money on medication. Few months in bed, and no scope of earning more, all her savings were lost. As a matter of fact, she had to start all over again.

Few months passed, and she changed her job for a better package. Since it was a new job and she just recovered, hence her parents decided to stay with her. At first, she was happy because she didn’t have to look after the house and food. All that work was done by her parents. She concentrated only on work. But after a few months, her dad reached retirement age. So, she had to look after her dad. Now financially, she had to look after 3 people, along with house rent and other stuff. Saving for her dream was a little slow. She started fighting over finance. Started blaming her parents, that even though they had money they didn’t help her. But her parents were very firm and said, “That is my money. I have earned it. I have helped you enough and now it’s your turn to earn. Those money are for my retirement and for my emergencies. You have your whole life ahead. You can still earn well. I can give you a little bit of my money but not all. Rest all money you have to earn it”. Such a statement from her dad, made her pissed off. Her parents returned to hometown. Because her daughter was unable to bear the expenses. But after reaching home, her dad did help her financially, but partially.

Days went on, Alia was still struggling to save money. Now she is married and both husband and wife are very ambitious. They both worked hard and saved a lot of money. Finally one day Alia opened her pub. But this happened because of her husband’s income too. Her husband’s wish was to open his own office and that too was executed only when he married Alia. Both realized that earning is not at all simple. Earning was slow and spending was quick. Alia realized that even though her parents were not ambitious yet both earned just to fulfill her dreams. Just to give her comfort. Alia’s parents’ background was poor and they had to take care of everyone in the house. and financially it went well because of her father getting married to a working woman. Her parents didn’t get a chance to live their life in order to earn money for everyone. Yet her parents were happy.

Alia bought a new house too and called her parents back. Not only that, she opened a small business for her parents. Alia understood the concept of earning hard and now is very helpful to parents that they have given only the comfort she wants, not the palace.

The only conclusion from this story is work hard, live your dream, and don’t fall for some obstacles. We earn like a tortoise and spend like a rabbit but remember that rabbit slept and hence tortoise won. What if the rabbit didn’t sleep? Was it possible for tortoise to win the race? Here in my story, Alia got married to one ambitious person just to make that rabbit sleep. I know, this is selfishness but  even the man wanted this. Both are happily married and both not only won the race, but also participated in a new race. So, this is selfishness but in a positive way.

Hope you liked my story. And yes I know that an iPhone is an iPhone but android is not that bad. You can opt for it. Stop crying for iPhone.

Keep On Wishing

“Oh! look at the shooting stars. Let’s make a wish”. We laugh at such statements now. But earlier we never missed a chance to make a wish, whenever we saw a shooting star. In my childhood, I sat for hours to see shooting stars just to make a wish. Ya, less pollution then. But what was my wish at that time? To give at least passing marks in science. Haha! but yes, science is something I am not fond of. Even after high school, I decided to go for a diploma and engineering in Information technology rather than taking science in college. Because I knew, I was never gonna make those PCM marks (Physics, Chemistry, Maths). So such was my wish in my school days.

Well, there was one more way to make a wish and that was keeping an eyelash on the backside of the palm, make a wish and then blow them. If the eyelash flew in one blow that means your wish will be true, else bad luck. In that also, there was a rule, you should not remove your eyelashes by yourself. It has to fall down on your chicks or eyes, on its own. Yes, I even did that. If the eyelash flew in one blow, then I used to be ecstatic.

But now, do we make wishes in such a way? Well, I still do and I know you do it too, but secretly. I still hope for some miracle. I still hope for the time machine to take me back. Whenever we are sad, or need something very badly then we secretly pray for it. We cross our fingers to make that wish come true. We all know that without asking someone or without hard work, we will not achieve things. But still, we do less hard work and we never ask for it. I mean, we work hard but we are already so overloaded by our personal work that we hardly get time to live our dreams and hence we do less hard work for that dream.

Sometimes, we see a dream and if we achieve something in that dream, then the next day we communicate a lot with God to make our dream come true. Does a dream really come true? Well yes, but again it depends on your hard work. Some people really work hard to get their dreams true but when their dreams are almost in their hands then they leave them behind. Why? only one reason and that is responsibility. We do have lots of money but when it’s time to buy a new house or a new car then we leave that dream behind because we have to invest that money for something bigger and something useful. Middle class people go through this everyday. Despite gigabucks, they can’t achieve their dreams. Despite being profitable, money gets spent on some backlog loans.

So, who can make a wish? I know it’s a meaningless question, but we must help the needy to achieve their wish. We all wish for this, we all wish for that, but what we actually need is lots of money to start, process and complete our skill. Not because we are greedy, but because of the increasing price of each and every product. We have 1 lac to spend but we don’t spend it because we have only 1 lac and that can be used in an emergency. Right from foods to medication, all prices have reached the sky limit. Even our salary increases but our salary doesn’t win the race with the rest of the things. Sometimes our salary doesn’t even participate in such competitions. 

Then what’s the solution for this? Well, this is not practical for all. Because the solution is “Simple Living And High Thinking”. Since everyone is lucrative and hence everyone wants other people to have a little better standard of living. If not a lavish vacation, then at least the house and the ambience of the house should be good. You will be noticed and welcomed by all, if your house and ambience is good enough. And hence people do spend a lot. Even if we achieve our dreams, we still leave them behind because of our expenses. Simple living is not possible in today’s world but yes, if we try to reduce the expenses in other things then definitely one day we will reach the sky limit.

And above all, don’t lose hope. Don’t give up. Keep on dreaming, keep an eye on shooting stars. Trust in your dreams. You will definitely celebrate the success one day. Make a wish tonight. Well, the time to make a wish at night is 11:11pm. Do check it out on google.

Do You Need Any Help?

Do you need help? Yes, I need one. Help is something we usually do, depending on our mood and even ask in mood, and we get help in mood too. We always teach our child to help others. But do we adults do this by heart? We ask, but in the name of asking. If we get a reply as “no”, then we are happy inside. If we get a reply as “yes”, then we curse ourselves why we have asked?

“Do you need any help? ” – we keep asking this question in order to reduce someone’s work or reduce someone’s tension. But sometimes, we get so exhausted from our daily routine that we forget to ask this question. Due to many restrictions in this pandemic, we failed to ask even if we wanted to ask. But yet, people helped each other somehow in this difficult situation. But what amused me was people started asking this same question on social media when Bollywood Actor Sushant Singh Rajput departed his life. Well, Sushant Singh Rajput passed away on 14 June 2020, i.e. in the peak pandemic year and that time It was said that he was in depression and he committed suicide by hanging himself. Later, It turned out to be murder and the investigation is still going on. So, when the depression news broke out, everyone started posting on social media that we will help you, talk to us, etc etc and all that.

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My question here is “Will you surely help people who are in depression?”. Do you have that much time and energy to listen and understand someone’s story? If we don’t have someone’s phone number and that person calls you, then we will wait for truecaller. And upon knowing who is calling you, we either hang up the phone, send him a “busy in meeting” message or you will wait till the call disconnects on its own. But you will not pick the call. Harsh, but true. We never pick a call, if we don’t want to talk to that person. Then how come you are helping us?

In this pandemic, we saw a frightful cut of. The people who were lucky enough were overloaded by work. They didn’t had a choice and were working day and night in order to keep their job safe. Hence, people were exceedingly busy in meetings and meeting their deadline. In such a scenario, if some depressed person called you then you can’t tell him that you are busy. You can’t tell them to call later. A depressed person will be in more depression after hearing such a response from you. So leave it and please don’t help anyone.

This pandemic has put almost everyone in depression. Some people are still struggling to meet their needs. But they are not losing hope and trying their best to search for a job. For such people “Do you need any help?” is nothing but a curse for them. Some people believe in themselves so much that they don’t take help from anyone. And thus, we think that they don’t need help. But such people badly need you because they are already in such a bad stage and they don’t want us to take their tensions. So in such a situation, please understand and try to help with their basic needs.

Some people need financial help. But money always puts our relationship into trouble. We understand someone’s needs yet we don’t help them because of only one reason and that is that we don’t want to break the relationship. Still I will express my desire to financially help someone at least not extensively but partially. This will at least maintain the relationship. Well, in the end it totally depends on you and how much you want to help. No force, no compulsion.

To all people who are in depression, talking does help. But it also depends on the person whom you are talking to. Because you never know when your secrets will be revealed by them. So, in order to fight your depression, you have to go to a psychiatrist and get treated. There is no shame in consulting a doctor. Brain is your part of the body and it has to be nurtured. What’s the use of eating healthy food but not giving the right instructions to your brain? Your diet will be useless if you don’t treat your brain well. So without any hesitation consult a doctor. Go out, take a walk, meet and greet people. And don’t depend on other people. Take a day off from your daily routine, and go for a small vacation or one day trip. Try to keep your house and surroundings clean. This will help in positive vibes. Pray and meditate everyday for your own betterment. Eat food on time and listen to good music.

Well, I need help… Please suggest a topic for my next post.