It so happens sometimes, that you come across a simple truth that hits you right in the feels, that suddenly makes you realize the meaning of those phrases that you keep hearing all through your life. Statements like “Your happiness is in your hands” that sound right, seem simple enough, yet suck the life out of you when you try to implement them. That’s when you come across those simple truths that manage to put everything into perspective and you begin to see it in a new light. I think everybody would agree with me when I say that the Cad-bury Diary milk ad is one that has been able to capture the true meaning of the phrase “Happiness is truly in your own hands”. What could be more satisfying and content than coming back home, settling down on your bed, tearing the wrapper of a half melted chocolate bar, eating it whole without sharing with anyone, licking the sticky chocolate off your fingers, and then licking the remaining bits of melted chocolate stuck to the wrapper as well (we all do that whether you admit it or not!). You are literally holding a bar of happiness in your own hands and eating it too! I am not much of a chocolate person (except for belgian liqueur chocolates) nor do I have much of a sweet-tooth. But I do have my occasional sugar craving and nothing gives me more satisfaction than a half melted chocolate, my favorite tv show, late at night with no one around to talk to. Another favorite combo of mine is my favorite book and a bag of chips. Munching along, reading page after page, completely ignoring work and telling myself to not even think about it because right now I am in seventh heaven. Simple pleasures, immense satisfaction.
Off-late I’ve been extremely conscious and cautious about who I give authority over my feelings and emotions. Each time things get messed up or out of control, either with work or relationships, I keep telling myself to just take a deep breath, step away from the situation and focus on the fact that everything is my control – how I feel, how I react, and how I choose to let it affect me (or not). It helps because then I am happy, and because I am happy, I am able to make the other person happy. Again, simple truth. That’s probably one of the main reasons why I took up blogging and why I love working in the creative field. The creative satisfaction of visualizing an idea, building upon it, and then seeing it come to life is a feeling that is unparalleled. Also one of the reasons why I love working for myself. I get to push my limits, push my creative boundaries, experiment and I also get to fail, make mistakes, face the consequences, learn and become stronger from that. It’s all in my hands. There’s something about colors that harmonize with each other, paintings that turn out better than you expected, outfits and backdrops that fall into place, and casual looks that end up being so much more that is so comforting. Craving for that very comfort, peace and happiness, I have slowly started to add all the things that I always wanted to do back into my routine one by one. Be it sketching or getting back to books again or designing again, its all falling into place, slowly. And once I find that balance between being a workaholic and dedicating time for everything and everyone that’s important to me, I’ll be having my bar of chocolate and eating it too!
Photography by: Arpita Patel