In our daily life we come across many people, in buses, metros, malls, busy streets, markets, parks and other public places. At some point in time, we might find them to be just faces or bodies or crowd in the physical space, moving as fast and efficient as possible in the busy and clock-ticking lives of our modern time; at some point, you figure put this transformation of ‘bodies’ to ‘people’ or ‘human beings’, who don’t merely exist but are alive, who’re #madeofgreat. They have all the sentimental and emotional values attached to them. You meet and interact with some of these beings, some known acquaintances, some random people, you talk and discuss about something of common interests and you actually feel good about that conversation. There are no judgments or opinions formed of each other. A mutual sense of respect is established for each other and a good connection is established through a meaningful conversation. This would not probably long for more than couple of moments, but it has the possibility to have an everlasting impact on your life. The conversation could be about anything, for example of some mutual interest or knowledge.
But wait. Why am I telling you all about this? There is a purpose behind each and everything in our lives. I mean, that’s why Justin Bieber titled his next upcoming album as ‘Purpose’. Anyways, keeping jokes apart and getting back to business, this is not a philosophical or metaphysical thought enumeration and available for indulgence. Or is it? This is something that we all have encountered at some space in time in our lives. I shall elucidate on a personal experience that I have had, out of many intriguing, fruitful and perspective-changing conversations I have had with people around me. The intriguing factor of their personality, perseverance, persistence, sense of mind and their manner, in which they convince me about their side of the agenda, proves their ability to be great.
Such captivating greatness entered my life and had an everlasting effect on a regular day for college in a metro when I bumped across to a school junior friend, Allen. I met him and asked how college life was treating him and how life was going on in general. I knew Allen through various co-curricular culturally and intellectually stimulating activities we participated together in school. We met after two years from passing out from school. He was a brilliant actor, singer and dancer and a die-hard fan of Shahrukh Khan in school days, and still is.
So, while I was catching up with him, I got to know about his admission in course of Journalism and Mass Communication. In due course, we also spoke about his hobby turned passion for singing and song writing. Being a poet and a blogger myself I shared he link to my blog. We shared our phone numbers with each other and was in touch with each other through messaging and calls. He later informed me and gave me a critique of my blog articles, how I need to mature up, gave his opinions on things like my themes, ideas and broader thought process which needed some level of refinement. I was open to ideas and suggestions for my blogs. He gave me interesting topics, which was not necessarily personal but socially active issues like categorization of a person to be a slut or a pervert. He encouraged me to write and talk more about socially and politically stimulating concepts, like same gender marriage and gay rights, ‘something called feminism and post-feminism’. We share similar tastes in music. Being a songwriter, he understood my poetry; he critiqued and appreciated it. Being a music lover, I gave him views on his YouTube song covers, his original song compositions and song lyrics. We have had our similarities, differences and short-comings.
Keeping our similarities or differences aside, this has been a real special and important relationship, where Allen’s comments, opinions and views have changed my thinking process, made me think in a different sense, made me see things through the lens of a different perspective. Allen’s influence of greatness on me has changed me as a person, has made me grow as an individual and as a personality on the whole. His greatness comes through his efforts, his ideas, persistence, his honesty, clarity in thoughts and the will to become something better and bigger. He stands firm in his ideologies, persists with his ideas, even when they are bad. He knows what his place is, where he stands and where wants to stand. He knows his strengths and weaknesses. Instead of cribbing about his short comings, he works hard to overcome them. He is always open to criticism (nobody likes being criticized, nobody!). And I strongly believe that whoever is willing to face criticism, is a person with strength in his character and this is what defines greatness in a person. Allen does not only know about his own potential, but also has a sense of knowledge about potential in his surroundings. He knows the potential of his friends, and readily encourages his friends to improvise and reach a higher level.
This bond that Allen and I reignited through that little catch-up in the metro, intriguing conversation and sharing of our contacts; now has deepened to the extent that we can very vividly share our opinions, ideas, thoughts, comments, criticism.
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