Breaking through the cocoon

The world was cruel to the worm.

It was a tiny little thing, and the world was not. It was a simple insect, crawling wherever it could, but everything else was complex. The environment was tough, and competition was stiff.

So many worms in the world, so many predators. So many rules to follow, so many functions to perform. But if God was it’s creator, then he wasn’t a very good one. Or maybe the worm was supposed to be some sort of an inside joke. But nobody was laughing, least of all the worm.

I mean, it was supposed to be simple. Just survive. That was the only rule. No matter how big, how scary, how complex the world, the only goal was to survive. The only function? Survive. The only rule? Survive. The only thing to do? Survive. And God’s close pal Nature had gifted the worm one simple thing: the ability to do so.

In every green cell that this worm possessed, one thing had been encoded: how to do so. And it wasn’t that difficult, the worm was told. All it had to do was eat, sleep, try to avoid the predators and repeat. Somewhere in between, reproduce. And of course, for some strange reason, this worm had a challenge added to its existence: it had to encompass itself into a cocoon before it could reach its full potential and fulfil its purpose in Life.

Funny thing: nobody told it why. Only how. And sometimes, as the worm chewed on a particularly tasty piece of leaf, it would wonder this exact thing. Why was it so important to reach its full potential? Why couldn’t it just… Exist like it did. Comfortably, following the same routine…. This was easier. Building a cocoon, hibernating in it, growing out of it… All this just to fulfil whatever grand purpose it had in Life? BOH-RING.

And then the day came. It had eaten too much. There was no choice but to build itself a cocoon. And it did the exact same thing. It still did not know why. Only that it had to be done. So it did. And what would you know? The cocoon was comfy. It was perfection. It was the best place in the whole wide world.

The cocoon was safe. And the worm had eaten enough for a seemingly long lifetime. There was no way it would ever need to get out of this thing. It no longer cared what God wanted. Or expected Nature wanted from it. If this was survival, then this is where it would spend the rest of its life.

But this is not a game. This is Life. And Life is meant to be lived to fulfil. Many waste away in the pursuit of finding a meaning to fulfil. And then further trying hard to fulfil it. And here was the worm, being told what it’s meaning was, what it’s purpose was, and yet, it was not even attempting to meet it.

A thought popped into its head. Even if the worm decided to embrace the pursuit of meaning, how would it do so? I mean, it knew it had to get out of the cocoon to reach its full potential. But nobody had told it how to do so. You couldn’t just get out of the cocoon. It was comfy, safe and secure for a reason. And breaking the cocoon open was just absurd and silly. That couldn’t be the right way to get out…….. Could it?

No. No. Please, no, it pleaded. Not the cocoon. What about all these rules? What about all this that the worm had built? And besides, the worm had stayed in its comfort for so long that it did not even know how to do anything else anymore. Destroying the cocoon was next to impossible.

The worm wasn’t proud, but it was now thoroughly sad. And angry too. Is this what life was all about? Where was the sense of freedom? Where was the control over its own life that the worm had always missed? What was the point of it all?

And then it heard a voice. The worm did not know whose voice it was. Maybe it was God. Maybe it was its inner mind. Maybe it was just wind outside the cocoon. It only said this: you will never know unless you try. Stop trying to find a meaning to your life and start creating one. Stop trying to do what you think you’re meant to do and do what you actually want to.

Break through the cocoon, even though its going to be the hardest thing you will ever have to do, not because it’s the right thing but because it’s the right thing for you.

And the worm obeyed. It still did not understand bits and pieces about Life. But that was the point: it didn’t care anymore. The worm would do whatever it wanted to.

And so it did. It forced itself out of the impossibly hard cocoon. It had finally reached its full potential – that of being a butterfly.

The worm flew away.

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How do you define happiness?

I mean, what is the end goal? To be happy forever, starting RIGHT NOW? But then, will you get bored of happiness? If Thanos made you an offer of a lifetime: let him snap his fingers using the Infinity Gauntlet and he would grant you your dream, no terms and conditions – would that bring you happiness?

Is it the peak of the mountain, with the beautiful scenery, that’s happiness or is it the climb to the peak, with its own hardships and pitfalls that are actually the things that end up making you happy?

If I had my version of happiness, I would probably never truly be happy.

said by Me, 2018 in this blog post

You see yourself in that big, red chair. You are ordering someone around, importantly. You sit in front of a mahogany table that is smooth and polished. It’s an air conditioned room. The person you are ordering around is lucky to be around you. He wants to be you, one day. Or be better than you. Or maybe he simply likes your office. He wants it. He wants the chair. He wants the desk. He wants it all. Soon, he shall have it maybe.

Or maybe not. You don’t care; its yours after all! The chair was built for you, you stitched it’s fine lining not with your own blood and sweat but with the magical snap-wish. You might have had struggled to get it in that room under normal circumstances, in front of that pristine wooden desk. But Thanos gave you happiness, all with that one snap.

And now, you sit in it.

Below you, the eighty storeyed building houses your offices, providing employment to millions. And not just here, but all around the country. You have power. You are in control.

People love you. People love hating you. People want to grow old and have your life. People want to be born into your wealth. They only see the money, the power, the unwanted fame. They see the version of you that’s public – like an Instagram filter. They don’t see the real you.

But it doesn’t matter, right? You have power. It doesn’t matter that you didn’t build your wealth from the ground up. You are forty something years old and already a crorepati. You have a family waiting for you at home. Your wife loves you. The un filtered, non Instagram version of you. Your kids are too innocent to know your worth. They’re young, but they’re smart like you. One day, hopefully, they will be sitting in your chair.

You are in bliss. All it took was a snap of the Gauntlet.

You asked him, “What will it cost?”

He said, “Nothing.”

But in reality, it costed everything.

Because life isn’t about wealth, it isn’t about power, it isn’t about the happily ever after. Life isn’t about snap-wishing yourself into paradise. It isn’t about skipping everything and going ahead in life. Life is about the bumpy bus ride to Paradise, and not the Paradise itself.

You think that’s your happiness. You want that red leather chair. You want that wealth and power. You want success. But, you want it fast, and you want it now. You forget that it isn’t a vada pav. You can’t get it fast, you can’t get it now. And even if you could, even if Thanos could grant you that wish, that dream, it would be empty. Because, then what?

However if you would have faced the challenges, if you would have been pushed and pulled, gotten hurt and mended yourself, if you would’ve been pressured and abused, if you would’ve gone through emotions you never knew you could handle, if you would have seen things you never imagined, if you would’ve lived…

The pain, the suffering and finally the hard work – that wouldn’t ‘give’ you happiness.

That would become your happiness. And that’s how you define it!

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Best way to save yourself from physical abuse [Quora Answer]

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Heya, Bleedsters!
Final year of Engineering really 
is a b*tch! All around me, I see nothing but tests, exams, assignments and projects! And with the D-Day of my student life (for now) finally approaching, it is times like these, times of hectic confusion and exhaustion that I find solace in Quora. During one such time, I found this one answer in particular that fascinated me. It provided a simple solution to a very complex problem: What to do at a moment’s notice when you are being beaten up by thugs, your abusive spouse or corrupt officials…. Share it as much as you can and let it help someone in need!

What do you do when you find yourself on gravel, screaming in pain, your bones probably broken, your lip fat and bloody and your wounds open like a faucet? What if you are being towered by a group of thugs, or rapists or attackers? What if they want to cause you real pain? How do you make the pain stop? How do you escape this tragic situation quickly? Well, here is your answer:

QuestionWhat are the best one-minute life hacks?

by Kandarp Joshi, Counsellor, advisor, motivator (of a different kind)