Learning Life Skills during Lockdown

Folks,

Positivity and Negativity related to the recent Lockdown : a different perspective……

Raised as a single child, I was brought up in the suburbs without a neighborhood. That means, I had no friends beyond school.

All these happened for 19 years until the late nineties.

I was made to focus on creative activities, book reading, gardening and learning other life skills (though I never could learn stitching..forget knitting!). Sometimes even during normal weekends, 24 hours was not enough for me to finish exploring. Those were the days when one could afford to sleep beneath the sky and watch the cosmos whole night. I am glad Russian ‘Sputniks’, small comets, changing positions of the stars and faces on the Moon are also a part of those beautiful memories.

Further, I was blessed to be in a joint family. So I had my grandparents to narrate real-life stories of their era, and some of mythology and philosophy. Sitting beside them during ‘Mantra Paath’ was made mandatory for me. I couldn’t pick all the ‘Slokaas’..but yes, it did sooth my mind and inspired my soul to a great extent!! The mornings and evenings were very blissful.

So I suggest let’s focus only on positivity and creativity for now. Counselling, Medications, etc. – yes of course, if it’s required. There should be NO stigma attached to it. The brain is after all, an organ!!! But primarily, let’s first try out things on a positive note!

So pls STOP watching sessions of how to deal with depression, anxiety, loneliness, etc. UNLESS you are “really” in need of it❗A person who has practically gone through these phases knows it is no joke or timepass.

Let’s not tell kids that we are grateful to them for their sitting quietly in the living room now. What big deal is that? Let’s gradually teach them LIFE SKILLS and how to pick up varied HOBBIES /ARTS. Space is limited in a flat to play physically. But there’s no limit for positive imaginations. Tell them how a Soldier survives in a bunker for months. Tell them how a Doctor keeps operating for hours continuously during emergencies. Tell them about our Farmers working in fields bearing heat, rain & cold. There are many such examples from history as well as daily lives of the common man. Inspire the kids to be up and doing, instead of pampering them. Affection is a completely different thing.

I have seen 8-YO urban kids making bread-toast and omlette at breakfast, serving themselves and the whole family of four. Whereas in the same period, I see 20-YO youngsters idling in the living-room with smartphones, and seeking a glass of water until it reaches them!! Last year, there was also an instance where a 14-YO teenage at a relative’s place, was managing himself and his studies in a strictly disciplined way (as taught in his hostel), though he knew he was losing his father to cancer and his mother had to be beside in the hospital!!!!

Therefore, it basically depends on what and how we TRAIN kids.

Let’s use the Lockdown phase(s) to correct or initiate ourselves vis-a-vis this special training chapter for kids and youngsters. That was the exact message conveyed by a premier institute in the country to all its students, when the Lockdown-21 began.

Despite the physical restrictions now, let’s stretch our minds like our forefathers did. Virtual connectivity is just another blessing in today’s age. Let not our answer to boredom end there. It’s only a medium to channelize our thoughts and zeal. So we need to do more, and definitely can do more.

Regards..🙏🏼

Old Habits Die Hard – et in hoc !

Unless one writes short and crisp, nowadays it is quite uncommon that someone will read it- be it on Facebook or a blog or a book.

Always not because people don’t have time !

We have quite lost our Reading culture as a hobby mostly because we have taken to easier and glittery channels of entertainment, whether or not it is constructive. Trapped in various rat-races, we are more than happy to simply please our worldly senses; we rarely brood on the ‘food for thought’, whether it a write-up, music, dance, painting, theatre or any other form of art.

To add further, you too shall observe and agree that nowadays, an article or a post-on-Facebook which has embedded in it an attractive picture or a short video-clip or catchy phrase-liners, has more chances of being read than one without it. The same tactics is commonly followed in routine journalism and children’s books too.

The concerns run similar to this- when you get a ‘Like’ on such an article in your blog-site or a post-in-Facebook, you don’t really know whether the message in it was appreciated or merely the accompanying colourful picture or video-clip or decorative phrase-liners !! 😦 Sometimes, you can make it out from the comments that follow. Your reply in turn may bother some viewers (I shall not address them as readers ! 🙂 ) who attempt to justify their own jerky opinions since they have not read a single line of your write-up, or it shall leave others unmoved or unembarrassed. The latter group of people seem not to care for anything on Earth, not even in saving their own faces !! 🙂

Such negative trends are not only demotivating factors for a write-up to be well-thought and neatly composed but also aches the heart that values literature and art in all its forms, even if it were not to ever pen down a single composition… Thoughts then appear to quite lose their ‘food’ ! 😦

Very briefly going back to our school days, one definitely remembers this- there used to be a ‘picture composition’. Nowadays, we are more a fan of the reverse of it; that is, where the picture says it all ! Not sure what we call it- a ‘composed picture’ ? 🙂

Well, nothing wrong in that- that is also an all-time great expression of art. But a picture or a video-clip can never convey discrete information or detailed analysis pertaining to the core sections of a subject or topic ! More so, if the subject is a debatable one. Therein comes the necessity for one to be at least a good reader, if not an avid one.

All I mean to highlight is that it would do all of us good if we could go back to our old Reading hobby (at least to some extent), mainly based on the significance of the topics or substance or relevancy therein; and not merely based on pictures or video-clips or colourful, bold phrase-liners. Pictographic representation does not help every time and it may even convey the wrong message at times !!!

Irrespective of age, like writing is a great art, having correct information and gathering vast, good knowledge is a great wealth ! It cannot be accumulated overnight; it has to be done bit by bit. Moreover, only a gradual process of accumulation of such immeasurable wealth is gratifying as we learn about the evolution of the human mind and art over thousands of years. Certain texts that we read may not be at all linked with our profession or even our lifestyle. But we must still learn about it in order to understand mankind or the various facets of the society. And writing is undoubtedly one of the best methods to record our emotional space, spirits and times.

And to keep the process of evolving psyche and the arts in good continuation and truly educate our next-generations, we must inculcate in them this Reading habit or hobby, right in their formative years. As obvious- the earlier it is, the better .

On a lighter note… Look, our fore-fathers started written communication with cave-drawings, the very first pictographic script; and that is still followed in some form in few modern languages and quite preserved across many tribes of the world. Perhaps, this very basic psychological inclination is somehow inherent and therefore, one of the reasons why even a modern day write-up accompanied by “an attractive picture or a short video-clip or colourful, bold phrase-liners” becomes a quick hit affair than one totally devoid of these !!!

Hmmmn, guess…… Old habits die hard – et in hoc !?! 😉 🙂

Aamjunta– what do you say?

 

 

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