Challenge Accepted!

I was never a lets-take-up-a-challenge-just-for-fun person. I used to be content with what I do, and unless I see the need to take up something and unless it is essential I never venture into anything new for the sake of it. It so happened that even without my realizing it, I was stuck in a routine. Weekdays – work. Weekends – Shopping, Movies, Eating out, Hanging out with friends or I occupy myself with something to do at home. I can never remain idle, so I ensure I am occupied some way or the other. And one day, all of a sudden, I wanted to do something new.

I did myself a favor by challenging myself and not competing with anyone. I was surprised to see how I could push myself and how the initial excitement did not fade as the days passed. There was a thrill, of trying something new and staying dedicated to the action plan without anyone having to tell me so. Normally I try and relax (read waste time) during the weekends because of the amount of travel involved during the weekdays (60kms during peak traffic hours). Now I have an action packed weekend which is organized in a particular way and the best part is, it still gives me the me-time that I would never compromise. If there was anyone who was surprised the most, it definitely should be me. I never thought I would be taking up any of this and managing them and here I am.

I still have miles to go to, but the experience is thrilling. Currently, I’m focusing on the journey and not the destination and perhaps for the first time I’ve realized how beautiful the journey is, and how it has taught me more about myself, so much so that my eyes are not focused only on the finishing line, but at the immediate future as well. It’s almost like redefining the person you thought you were. It has been such a boost for my morale, considering the hectic activities going around me.

They say we never stop learning. Yes. It holds true even for our own self. We never stop learning what we are capable of. Better now than never.

Coming soon: More about the Challenges. Stay tuned! 🙂

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  1. I am pleased with the way you see things and set challenges for yourself.It is not the outcome but the very journey as put it in dong different and challenging things is itself the reward.You come out a better person.


  2. That was very heartening to read Ashwini 🙂 I can imagine how much fun it should have been to try new things especially amidst a hectic schedule and the the feeling of happiness that comes out of accomplishing it too!
    This stage of life is one of the best .. Single and working with no domestic responsibilities 🙂 I had the same feelings that you have expressed here when I started blogging as a new activity 2 years back. It was always like a breadth of fresh air in between all the hum drum.
    I really like the heartfelt tone of your posts. Keep it up!


  3. Lovely message, lovely post. Trying out something new is always so exciting and when coupled with learning, we add a whole new dimension of meaning to the frame. Look forward to read more about your challenges, Ash! 🙂


  4. All the best and GO FOR ITttttttttttt…

    and let me tell you something that in todays world we cant afford to sit and let things be .. one has to take up some sort of challenge and .. this also helps in inventing ourselves all the time ..

    and This is a true thing, after reading this post I have suddenly made up my mind to do something.. your post did it .. I am planning to change completely something that I have been working for the last over a decade 🙂 yesssss time for a change .. what it is , maybe tell later if i succeed.. so thank you for helping me make that decision



  5. What are those challenges? Share some insights as in most of the cases, the excitement dies. And you said, yours didn't. I want to know how and why…

    Waste time, heheheee…


  6. When you accept a challenge…that is half the work done right there!!
    Best of luck with everything that you are upto! 🙂
    What is life anyway without the challenges! Waiting for the next!


  7. Thank you so much Aarthy 🙂

    It feels so good to be able to spend some time away from the hectic schedules and deadlines, specially on something challenging 🙂

    Thanks again 🙂


  8. Thank you so much Bikram 🙂

    Yes, it's always nice to be busy than to be idle. I'm really happy that this post helped you in some small way. Good luck and Go for it 🙂


  9. That's awesome. Stepping out of comfort zones every now and then is a must for all of us. In fact we must keep asking this question to ourselves, very 15-30 days, “When was the last time I did something for the first time!” Glad you did just that. Keen to know more about your challenges 🙂


  10. how true- one indeed never stop learning… 🙂
    It's a good thing that you are focusing on yourself. one should keep doing that..
    waiting for the next part to read about the challenges ..(the jerk that I am I might copy you and take them up as well 😛 (winks)
    Good luck Ash,..:)


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