ABC Challenge #16: P for Priorities

As unique as we all are, our priorities are all different.It’s as simple as that. Still some people fail to understand this simple logic.

When I was young I always imagined myself working in a very hectic atmosphere, running around here and there for getting things done. I did not particularly wish for it, but somehow God answered my prayers even before I could tell him and that dream came true. For the past few months, I had to put up with a very tough time at work. Meeting deadlines, facing eleventh-hour challenges. Though it demanded my nerve and soul, I kind of enjoyed working in that hectic pace. I had to make a lot of sacrifices. I had to skip meals, I had to talk less over the phone with my family, I spent less time at home, I had to work during the weekends.I spent less time sleeping and I hardly spent time doing anything that I usually would have done. 

So, when one is subjected to such a routine for almost 4 months, priorities do change.

Earlier if you’d asked me, I would have said my priority was to spend time with mom and dad, take them out for dinner and spend some time either taking a long drive with them or watching a movie. Then I would probably have wanted to spend some time on myself, like reading books with just a glass of juice in my favorite chair in my hall without any disturbance.

But now, my priorities are different. Whenever I find time, or rather make time for something other than work, all I want to do is to sleep. And eat, ‘hog’ would be a better word ,to compensate for all those sleepless working nights, spent wondering why on earth the JSP processing error keeps occurring despite me having tried every other way. If I’m not sleepy, I just want to sit there, watch a movie or some stupid series that comes in my TV, just to be there laughing, without having to use my brain, which is already over worked and over used and abused.

If you ask me about my movies, books, and long drives, I would end up giving you a oh-excuse-me-do-I-look-like-I-have-all-the-time-in-the-world look.

But some people, oblivious to all these that is happening in my life, have an opinion. Like how I mentioned in my previous post, O for Opinion. They seem to think that they are the best judge of what exactly is happening in my life and are shocked to know that I cannot accompany them to an outing. They simply fail to understand the reason for my so called indifference and tell themselves that I’ve become a person with a horrible attitude.

I wouldn’t want to contradict myself on what I have written earlier. I know where my priorities lie. If that’s their opinion, so be it. I am not here to prove them all that I’m right or they’re wrong. It’s just not my job. I’m here to make my life enjoyable and worthwhile. I’m not here just to please others.

If I were them, I wouldn’t spend/waste my time on thinking about some random stranger and focus on making my life better because I know what my priorities are.


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22 thoughts on “ABC Challenge #16: P for Priorities

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  1. I guess you used this post to throw out the nausea . But , going by the last sentence in your post, it may be rather a frivolous and waste of time to explain our point to such people who audaciously take it as their birth right to pontificate and make sententious statements on others lives.
    To hell with them.


  2. Sometimes our priorities are directed by others. We sort of feel indebted to them and want to accommodate everyone as much as possible. But in spite of that, people will find some reason or the other to blame us for anything and everything. That's one reason why I generally don't bother about what such people think/say.

    BTW, please eat on time, irrespective of how much work you need to complete. Not eating on time will result in health issues on the long-term. Me, I will always eat on time. Work can wait 🙂

    Destination Infinity


  3. Of course they change. It's a blessing to be busy. I love that. I am kinda loving my life from few months for it is super busy. Now I find time for everything. Earlier I sat and procrastinated.


  4. Very true indeed. I guess we all go through the phase when there's all work and no time to play. I had one such phase in 2006-07 when work become my only priority and I used to go back home only to sleep, freshen up and return to office. I enjoyed that phase though. But now its different. Primarily because of my daughter 🙂 As far as others' opinion is concerned, its best when we ignore and move on. Ignorance is, after all, bliss 🙂


  5. Hi Madame!
    I am aware that you had sent an article to Open Page of “The Hindu”.
    Could you please provide me the mail id to which the articles are to be sent? And the article was added as an attachment, right?


  6. It is always good to have different priority. But certain people will stick to same priority at any instance. So we cant quarrel with them upon this. Keep going.


  7. Thanks for the reply.
    So, do you mean I copy and paste the article as email?
    Which email id do I mail it to?
    Please send a speedy reply, as the relevance of the article will later be less.

    Thanksing You
    Prateek Kammar


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