TEDxDharamshala licensee, Srijan Sharma, speaks about what inspired him to bring TEDx to the mountains and what it taught him.
TEDxDharamshala is happening on January 13th, 2019 and as everyone is warming up to the event, we got the licensee, Srijan Sharma, to talk about what made him bring TEDx to this small town and way. He sat down with one of the enablers and here is what he had to say:
Is it ironic that it took me almost 3 weeks to find out the time and the words to create this piece? Maybe. Or maybe it was just a test to see if I was truly ready to bring this piece to life. I’d say I passed. I am here writing it, aren’t I?
I am often asked, “how do you do it?”, with reference to my forbearance in life. I am still not used to the frequency of that question. I frown my eyebrows wondering why do people find wonder in something as mundane as the quality to stay calm. Is it not as common a practice as I think it to be? I guess not. Otherwise, this question wouldn’t always stare me in the face.
Apurva Sheel, a TEDx Dharamshala enabler, walks us through a very typical (at least for her) writer routine.
There is this unsettling feeling inside that is tugging at me–this feeling you get when you know something needs to happen but you don’t know how to make it happen. A feeling of something incomplete. So, I sit there; staring at the blank sheet of paper. What was it that I was going to write?
I am pretty sure my mind was cooking up some things. I know I thought about the experience of commuting to work through public transport in Bangalore (it sucks, btw), and then I wanted to write a poem/prose for my mother on her birthday. There was this peculiar memory the impromptu rain brought into my mind. And there was also this book I wanted to talk about.
Classic: A book that people praise but do not read. –Mark Twain
Readers, non-readers, and average readers have all heard the word classics. We know that in the realm of literature there exists a group of books which have to suffer the adjective classic. They’ll be able to tell you why those books are great, what they talk about, and why they were, and are, significant. They can have discussions about the depth of it and can also criticise it. They know the characters and the turns their lives are going to take.
But let’s admit, majority of the readers will be speaking from an un-informed place where they have not read the books they oh, so fondly talk about. Trust me when I say this, it’s a guilty pleasure for most readers. But why? That is the important question to ask.
Even in the 21st century, not a lot of people will tell you to pay heed to your emotional wound. Scratch that. Not a lot of people will accept the existence of emotional wounds. They will understand that people get hurt, that they want to cry over some things for a while but that would be it.
Majority of us use the phrase losing your mind in our everyday speech but when it comes to embracing the literality of it, most of us fail. And that is where the problems begin.
a strong feeling deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationship with others.
“Make the most of yourself…for that is all there is of you.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are living in a world where each of us, each day, is working to get better at what we do. We want to be better cooks, better drivers, better writers, better engineers, and so on. We’re thinking about improving the ways in which we work so that we can have feats to add to our definition. And that’s good. We are aiming at getting our minds better.
But what about our hearts? How many of us are focusing on getting them better?
Fuelled by the incessant opportunities for self-promotion on social media combined with a culture that promotes high self-esteem more than learning, young people’s personalities are changing to become more self-centered and narcissistic.
Let’s define the scope of this discussion before we go any further. The word millennials is used to refer to the generation born between 1980 and 1994. Narcissism—essentially a personality disorder—is now a personality type accompanied by high regards of oneself and lack of sympathy and/or empathy for others.
In the digital age that we live in, pointing a camera at our loved ones has replaced staring into their eyes. We are more focused on trying to get the light right than we are on breathing in the beautiful sunset. Who cares if we didn’t actually listen to the vows our friends made to each other as long as we have their perfect wedding shot tucked away in our camera?
Our obsession with creating a moment out of everything is endangering our ability to enjoy the million moments that pass us by in a day.
Who are you? What do you believe? What is important to you?
Every human being must ask these questions to herself every once in a while. It’s important because the answers to these questions keep changing. We live in a world full of noise and distractions. We are constantly surrounded by social groups preaching different things. With no time to contemplate or reflect on how something makes us feel, no solitude or privacy, no patience, how do we answer the most important questions in life?
“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.” — Helen Keller
To have a spirit of service in a competitive and opportunistic world is rare. We are continuously taught to build a skill set that is marketable, profitable, sellable, and expendable. In other words, who we are and the skills we hone, are mostly spent on making a living and furthering our best interests.
So, why should we consider volunteering our hard-earned abilities to causes that we can barely leave a dent in to make a difference?