5 Quotes I Live By

If you are anything like me, you have had days where you feel like doing nothing, you feel physically and emotionally drained, and end up procrastinating on everything that needs to get done. To change this, nothing is better than reading a good quote, to make you think, muse on and feel every day, so you are empowered to work in the direction of your dreams.
Therefore, I came up with a set of quotes that I choose to live by to incentivize and put myself back on track, hoping that they would also challenge you on your ability to live life as you want it.
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There are people out there doing things they don’t like, thinking they will have enough time to do what they love once they get a job, get married, have a kid, get the kid married and then are finally, “settled”. Oh, Honey, you don’t even know if you will live to get a job. It’s now, or never.
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Be passionate enough to fight for the life you dream to live.
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It’s always better to let your work speak for you.
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The ability to face your tenth failure like it’s your first is what makes you special.
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The Best one.

Which ones are your favorite? I would love to hear them out! Comment them down below!!

(All the photos are clicked by me. I have just printed the quotes on them)

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Things That Make Me Happy

I wish someone could give me at least a month’s notice of an oncoming problem before I have to actually deal with it.

Of course life isn’t easy, and of course, I have to tackle everything at once. It’s difficult to look past the negative things in life, and I have been trying to do this for a long time now. Giving up hope in life when everything is spiraling down is the easy thing to do. No matter how big or small the problem is, being happy does not need a perfect situation, time or place. It comes from within and from the will to make the right choice.

So I spent some time trying to figure myself out and looking for things that I love doing. Here is a list of 10 things that truly make me happy:

  1. Beach: It’s about the simple things in life, like the sound of waves at a beach with a shady spot in the sand to sit and listen to them. It’s like meditation. It calms me down.
  2. The Smell Of Freshly Baked Goods: When I first visited Indonesia, I remember going to this mall with my parents and as soon as we entered, the smell from a nearby bakery filled my nose and holy moly I wanted to just sit there and eat whatever was being baked. It was really that good.
  3. Road Trips: Good old music, food, and great company. That’s all you need.
  4. Puppies: I have never met a person who thinks puppies don’t make them happy. I refuse to associate myself with people like these.
  5. Kitkats: Oh come on! Everybody loves them!!
  6. Long Hot Showers: That is code for heaven at the end of a really tiring day.
  7. Camping: Setting up a campfire, roasting marshmallows, talking to new people and sleeping under the stars. Tell me anything that does not radiate happiness from this.
  8. Trying A New Recipe: I do believe the best job in the world is the one of a chef. You get to do what you love and you can make people happy too.Also, I think doing this makes my mom happy the most(She gets a day off).
  9. A Good Hair Day: Do not underestimate the power of this.
  10. Bubbles: Its all about the pop. I love doing that.

That’s it! That’s my list and I would love to hear your’s! Comment them down below and let me know about things that make you happy!

Tackling The Sublime: Mt. Bromo

As soon as my feet touched the ground, I retracted. It was two in the morning when we decided to get up and get ready, but the task seemed ridiculously difficult at the moment. Snuggling back in the blanket, I gathered as much warmth as I could to make this less dreadful. The floor was too-too cold to walk on.

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One cup of hot ginger tea and four layers of clothing later, we were finally in the jeep, going our way up. It was chilly outside, yet the amount of jeeps and bikes were plenty. People were all over the place, sipping coffee and getting ready for the trip ahead. Everything seemed oddly satisfying, maybe because I had no idea of how high up we were, or how deep the valley was to my left. Nevertheless, I was enjoying every bit of it and something told me I was in for a big surprise.

Mt. Bromo is situated in the midst of a  plateau, surrounded completely with mountains, which offer spectacular views of the sunrise and the ridge itself.  Even so, this was where the real struggle began. By now it was almost three, and the air was so chilling, making me shiver to an extent where I had no other option than to rent a jacket. So now, five layers of clothing later, we finally made it to the sunrise point.  The reason we decided to reach so early was in the hope to view the Mt. Bromo Milky Way. When the sky is absolutely clear, you can see the stars arranged in such a pattern, it looks more like a replica of the Milky Way. Professional photographers set camp for days to capture this moment. But heres the trick. The weather on top keeps changing every moment, it could be clear once and cloudy the other. So basically, everything here depends on your luck. Unfortunately for us, Clouds filled every spot around us, that is why we also missed the sunrise. But we stayed a little longer, which means we waited long enough for the clouds to clear and were able to get a sunshiny view of the mountain.

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To say it looked beautiful would be an understatement. It was more than just beautiful. It was magical. The sun was almost up and you could see the rays hitting the surface of the mountain making it absolutely picturesque. You could hear photographers at work, cameras clicking everywhere around us and for some unknown reason, all of this made me feel on top of the world. Its at a moment like this when I feel happy to realise that travel isn’t just an obsession to me, infact, these are the kind of moments I want to live for. It made me realise that my choice to travel will never be a wrong one no matter what situation I am in. That I shall always have a reason to live. And that everything will turn out just (bearably) fine.

So now it was around six thirty when we started our journey down the mountain, to get to the actual crater. And let me tell you, the ride itself made me go WOAH! The path was extremely steep but the view it offered was like a mixed blessing. Jeeps are parked at the base of the mountain, which means two kilometres of sand walk and one kilo meter of the climb. You could opt to climb a horse and ride up, but then whats the point in that? Its always better to earn what you get, so obviously we decided to go on foot. Mt. Bromo is an active volcano, last erupted in 2016. But unlike other volcanos, this one erupts very less amount of lava and more of sulphur powder. Since its active, it continuously gives out sulphur in the air making it difficult to breathe, so its best to not visit this place in the summer. Luckily for us, the rain settled the dust around, making the climb comparatively easy. There are exactly 250 steps up till the crater, and the thought of you standing right above hot lava could give anyone the heebie-jeebies.

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Until you reach the top, you cannot hear a single sound from the volcano, except for people chattering around. But as soon as you arrive, its as if the volcano is roaring that its active and is ready for any sacrifice you are willing to provide. Your first reaction will definitely be a WOW up till the time you get so absorbed in watching the view that it makes your hair curl. All of a sudden you realise that you are actually standing very near to the mouth of an active volcano as if you din’t already know that. With nearly no protective barricades and two-feet of a width for a pathway, I refused to move at all, just wanted to simply stand there and watch the smoke coming out. I was so engrossed in it, losing all sense of any kind of movement around me or to actually calculate how high up I was. This was definitely something I wanted to remember so a huge shedload of pictures later, we were finally making our way down.

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Obviously once you are done with everything, all you want to do is go back there and relive it. Have you had any experiences like this? If yes, comment it down below and share your story!! I would love to hear it out!!!!

The ‘Notorious’ Fever: Wanderlust

Have you ‘researched’ all the new places to visit around the world? Or do you get restless, like me, when you stay home for holidays?

Or worst, do you have this insatiable desire to travel?

If yes, then my friend, you have this fever. And, its possibly the best thing that can happen to you.

 

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Once you are bitten, you realise life is more than the materialistic gubbins you buy and are rewarded with this untamed passion and desire to travel. All you want from life now is to either stand in front of some majestic piece of art in Rome or to dive in the Caribbean. Travel impacts your life in a very strong manner. You never happen to talk in a ‘if’ but rather its always ‘when’. A four-day vacation no longer satisfies you, and you have convinced yourself that you deserve more. Travel for you, will no longer be just a luxury, quite the contrary, it would be a necessity. Your success is measured in terms of the number of places you have seen. Your experiences become more important than worldly ownership.

But sometimes, this can act as a curse as well. Staying at a place too long simply makes you restive. For me, it initially turned out to be a curse. I was in high school and I could not risk travelling at that point. High school in India is an exceptionally huge deal, which is why I was sustained in the confinement of my room for quite a few months. And that, made me horrible. I have had an emotional breakdown so many times, just because of this. It may seem quite absurd, but I am pretty sure my travel buddies could relate to this.  The only thing that gave me hope, at that point, was the promise of being free. My mother used to get scared seeing me like this and she kept telling me to not let this dream die, to always have faith in yourself and believe in your dream. And I (for a change) listened to her. She was the one to encourage me to start this blog, to keep talking to some one so that my dream is always alive. I cannot even begin to thank all my high school friends who listened to me while I rambled upon this topic, literally, day and night. They were probably the ones who had to bear with me the most. Yet all in all, travel did change my life and it definitely turned out the best thing to happen to me.

Have you been bitten by the travel bug as well? If yes, I would love to hear how that turned out for you! Leave a comment below sharing one of your experiences and tell us how you feel about it.

If no, then don’t worry. It is going to happen very soon. Be prepared.

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Until next time!

SAYONARA!