That’s exactly how many days I ran a 2K regularly.
This journey changed my life in several ways.
It was not a long-distance, but running it every day? That was difficult for me.
If you haven’t read my previous articles, let me tell you I am not an athlete. I am an IT professional in my early 40s. I started running five years ago out of necessity to keep myself fit. My corporate job had led me to a sedentary lifestyle, and I had to keep myself healthy.
In these past five years, I ran multiple 5Ks, 10Ks…
My confidence improved when I started running.
I have been an introvert all my life. Although I was good at many things, I lacked social skills and confidence.
Six years ago, my running journey started out of necessity. I was 35. My corporate job meant I was sedentary and had to improve. Little did I know running would help me improve my confidence.
It was hard in the beginning. The only time I ran was when I was about to miss a train or bus or when there was some real urgency. So you can imagine. It was difficult.
When was the last time you pushed yourself beyond your comfort zone?
I will tell you my story, one such instance 4 years back. It was on a Thursday evening.
I was standing on the podium in front of a large crowd. I had to speak on a random topic. My blood pressure started rising. My legs were shaking, and I could feel a drop of sweat on my forehead.
The audience was eager to listen to me. There was pin-drop silence. All eyes were on me. I did not know what to speak. …
Isn’t it amazing how life just takes over and we don’t even realize it?
Sometimes we get so busy that we forget what is important in life. And then one day, you get that feeling — perhaps I should have slowed down a bit.
It is easy to get going pursuing dreams, goals, and whatever excites you, day in day out, and burnout. Just like the engine, our body and mind work the best with optimal use. Neither too much use nor too much rest is good.
Deep down, you know, you need to relax. You need to take time…
Every day you see so many people commuting to work. Some will look happy, some look busy, some are so lost in life. What goes on in their life? What do they think? How do they feel?
I am sharing a couple of posts I wrote in my personal blog while traveling to and from the office on two different days.
I was living in the same house in Harrow, working in the same office in central London, working for the same client, same project, same route to travel, same time of October month, a year apart. …
I was serving in a table tennis competition, with all my focus on the game.
The score was 15–20, a match point for the other team. It was 21 points game. I could not make even a single mistake otherwise, the game is lost. It was a doubles match.
I gathered all the focus I could. I gave my best shot in serving. We won the 1st point, then the second, then the third. The crowd started cheering up, clapping, shouting in awe, and it was an atmosphere to watch. It was all happening with so much energy.
Many people feel it is too late to learn to swim as you grow up.
Some think it is late if you are above 25. Some even ask is it too late if you are above 20.
I was no different. This mindset was deeply ingrained in me you need to learn to swim when you are a kid. It becomes more difficult as you grow up.
I was afraid of deep water. I never learned to swim when I was a kid. Whenever I thought of learning it either I was busy or I had some excuse, but the…
Coming from an engineering background, I didn’t have any idea about psychology. I knew some things vaguely. I had seen some people were effective than others but I didn’t know why.
I had never read about it or thought about it properly.
It was the interest in investing in financial markets that led me to read about it. Why? Because I had initial failures. I wanted to figure out what was going wrong and that led me to read about behavioral finance.
I understood that success in financial markets doesn’t depend so much on how intelligent you are, but on…
So much happened in the last year. I have been working in an IT services company since 2002. I had not expected I would experiment and innovate in the ways I work as much as I did in the past year. I am sharing with you one recent innovation I did in this article.
I have been through those days when I used to work on desktops. I would have to travel to the office if I had some urgent work over the weekend because I didn’t have the laptop. Just imagine. So much had changed in recent years.
You might have wondered about your purpose in life at some point in your life. Maybe when you are unhappy after a day’s work, or maybe when you were sad for some reason, or may be when you are alone.
With each birthday, you might feel a year has passed. When you see grey hairs, you might even wonder, the time you have left is less. Do something. You circle around and think:
Curious. Observer. An IT professional in early 40s. Sharing my learning and experiences on self Improvement, personal development and some general thoughts.