Sunday, September 23, 2007

On my pin up board

Yeah I’ve got a pin up board. Who doesn’t have one? Well I didn’t have one till a few months back. I was lucky to find this one day. It’s a nice medium sized one & hangs in my room. Once I got it, it took a few days to fix it up & then a few more days for something to get up on it. Initially I had put up a few snaps of the numerous treks I had involved myself in. Then over a period of time it began to change. This is what I have today on the pin up board. These are things that I have once again accidentally come across & those that I looked for particularly here & there & found.

To me these are some of the things I have started to believe in, I want to follow & to a certain extent a reflection of what I am as well.

The first thing that one can see on the pin up board is the two pictures of me with my friends. These two snaps taken on two different occasions include all my friends from my college days. Nice snaps, creates a feeling of nostalgia.

The other prominent thing one will find there are a collection of words that each go on to make so much sense in its own way. I call this collection of words because I don’t know what else to call them. Some of them are quotes, I suppose there is a proverb or two as well, but others are words & then sentences. They are so beautifully written that I had to put it up there. The first set of words reads as follows:
“I shed my inhibitions, my fears, I traveled light. I traded my stock options for a lonely planet, my cell phone for a compass. My briefcase for a backpack. I took off. I wandered in the company of tourists, revelers & a guitar as old as me. I learned that people are good. Strangers are fascinating. And that every journey reveals another. I’ve lost track of time. And perhaps my job, my apartment & my fiancé. But I have my compass & I know its pointing me in the right direction”

The above set of words is from the Femina magazine’s ad. I so loved the words. To me it describes what I want to do. I really wish I could do something like that. It’s scary & at the same time so exhilarating & will be so much fun. Recently I watched the movie “Wildhogs’” with my friends & this movie again is on similar lines. It has so driven my to do something like this. But I know it is not going to happen for a while now.

The second set of words is basically a color Xerox of the back of a GK Vale album. I found these words also so beautifully written & communicated so much. I like this also because of the way it explains what it tries to explain. It to me makes a very complex thing like dreams very simple. It goes like this…”As someone once aptly put it, ‘Dream Hard’. That’s the best way to achieve what you want in life. Remember the days, as a child, you dreamt of owning a watch. And dreamt of splurging on bubble gums! As you were growing, these dreams began taking a different shape; a car, vacations, profession, fame…priorities change, but not the process of dreaming. Because dreams keeps hopes alive. Dream on. Make things happen.”

Apart from these big set of words there is the small set of words. Once again all these are some things I liked largely because what it communicates. Some of it here I believe in & follow while there are few I would like to start doing or start feeling.

“A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter is not a nice person”

“Map out your future but do it in pencil”

“No matter how big or soft or warm your bed is you still have to get out of it”

“If your mind goes blank, don’t forget to turn off the sound.”

“Some people travel. I explore”

“To the mediocre, mediocrity appears great”

“The biggest enemy of future success is past success”

“Why should I follow anyone’s footsteps?”

And the latest thing I added is, “It’s lonely at the top, but the view is breathtaking”. This again is so full of meaning. It means so much especially now, keeping in mind what I am doing & so on. This is part of the Samsung ad that appeared in the papers recently so it is basically a cutting of it.

That’s pretty much it, on my pin up board.

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