Play Through Life Like It’s A Super Over

The world cup fever is finally lifting. As we made peace with our loss, little did we know then, that the finals would still grab our attention, despite us not being a part of it. The morning after, the question on everyone’s lips was, ‘Final dekha kya?’ (Did you watch the finals?)

Both the countries gave their best which was enough to keep someone like me, who is so not into cricket, glued to the couch. As usual, I being what I am, it kept rolling in my mind long after it was over. I ain’t capable of judging the fairness of the outcome. I’d rather tell you what I was left thinking about.

When the tie opened the way for super over, both the teams did exceedingly well. Making 15 runs in over isn’t a mean task. Both knew this was their last and only chance and they gave their best. The outcome was there for all to witness.

This made me wonder, why we don’t play through our lives like a super over. Imagine, going all out for something that we love, running on all cylinders. Without fearing or worrying about the consequences.

So often in life, we have stopped ourselves short in taking that plunge, making a dash, reach out for the forbidden fruit. Fear, hesitation, inertia, the coziness of our comfort zone, any or all have been our reasons to not take that step. We trade it with guilt and disappointment unable to live up to our full potential.

We so often hear live life like it’s your last day, but how often are we able to do that? Someone who knows me well enough, recently told me that I am a focused person. Of all the adjectives, this wasn’t something I was expecting from him. And I wondered what made him say that. Maybe it was the fact that he saw me come out of my comfort zone to try my hand at something that I had always dreamt of doing.

I am often riddled with doubts but now that my passion is reignited, it has energized me. I may pause momentarily, but I don’t want to stop. The high that I have experienced is not something I am prepared to part with. As Steve Jobs said ‘The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything’. This is exactly how I feel.

I don’t want to sound preachy on this morning, but spend some time on this thought. What is it that you really want to do? What is it that your heart always desired? What is it that’s stopping you from getting it? Are you doing enough to get it? Make a bucket list of stuff that you have let go off, in life’s journey and try reclaiming a few of them. Get that spring back in your step, the confidence that comes from the knowledge of a life well-led. Live life like it’s your super over… No holds barred…

Dr. Shivani Salil

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