When was the last time you did something for yourself?

Ask yourself this question, 'when was the last time I did something for myself?' Not for friends or family, not for the society, not for your future, but for yourself. For your unselfish, impetuous self.


Living in this dynamic world, humans are becoming accustomed to expecting the unexpected, adapting ourselves in accordance with the ever-changing times. The focus is on being the best, doing the best, maximizing the productivity. The world seeks to come up with solutions to new problems, fighting global hurdles like poverty, inequality, climate change. And it's commendable if your values and goals are aligned with such important causes and you are taking steps for it. It's amazing how you are constantly working hard for the goals you want to achieve, and the change you wish to see in the world.


However, when was the last time you did something, simply because you felt good doing it? No, I'm not talking about the workout session you just had, I'm not referring to the courses you took to enhance your skills, and I'm most definitely not hinting at the Instagram reels you scrolled through just a few minutes ago. I'm talking about the little activities doing which, you found unexpected joy. The actions you did not undertake to achieve a goal, or realize a target.


Like looking at the sunset sky, relishing the feel of sunrays on your skin, humming along to a song, being attentive to the sound of crickets chirping at night, tapping away your feet to musical beat, or just getting lost in a conversation with yourself, or even your pet.


The moments when you felt pure bliss but you detached yourself from that moment, that feeling because you apparently had more productive things to do. What could be more important, more worthwhile than your mental health? In this fast-paced life, we tend to lose sight of what something crucial, and that's us. Living in the moment, letting loose and enjoying the irrelevant but joyful details of our day a little longer. These are the miniature things that make you fall in love with yourself and recognize your own importance.

 

Falak Kathpalia

Student - Grade 12

Blue Bells Model School, Gurugram

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