Life goes on

“Life goes on, let’s live on”

-BTS

My mental health was in shambles right before BTS’s last release “Dynamite” on August 21st this year. I remember having listened to the song on loop for hours on end during my bus travel to and fro from office as it was one of the very few things that gave me comfort during that time. The song felt like a tight hug and helped pick the broken pieces of my soul together to heal it. Exactly 3 months later, I’m not feeling my best self again. I had vowed last time when I felt disoriented to keep finding happiness in the small things that make up life and focus on keeping myself sane. Currently, I’m struggling to consistently do it yet fighting hard against the demons of my mind to not give up.

Right when I need it, BTS have dropped their new album “BE” today. I’m in office again, away from social media as I wait to get back home and watch the music video with my sister. I don’t have to go through an excruciatingly long bus ride this time, my travel time has eased up. I’m extremely excited to listen to the song, I’m sure it’s exactly what I need at the moment to get back on track. BTS’s existence in my life and listening to their songs have unfailingly been a rock solid source of my happiness. You can imagine from this description how special each one of their album comebacks is. I’m glad BTS have come at the right time as my knights in shining armour to save me from falling into the dark hole of negativity.

Less than 3 hrs to go for me to reach home and I can’t contain my excitement. I’m sure all of us must have that one thing that acts as their constant source of happiness. Hold it tight and keep coming back to it to keep the negative emotions at bay. For all the BTS armies out there, a new era has begun!

The secret to success

#39/100

BTS : First Korean act to top the Billboard chart ever

I literally jumped with joy when I got this news yesterday. My beloved BTS has created history yet again. They are the only Korean act to top the Billboard chart in it’s entire history. This news made me so happy, it felt like my success. I have been closely following BTS’s journey since 2015 and have been their ardent fan ever since. From being disregarded in their country to becoming the global sensations and music legends that they are now, BTS has come a long way.

BTS always make me wonder how they managed to get this successful in life. They are small time boys from South Korea who were passionate about music and dance and wanted to make a mark in their local music industry. For 3 years since their debut, they were moderately recognized in their country but were subjected to harsh criticisms, mean comments, jealous remarks, derogatory opinions and snubbed by their own industry. However, they continued to work hard each day with the dream to make it big one day. Their hard work knew no bounds, they put their heart and soul into everything they did and managed to enjoy and live in the present. I don’t know what they did exactly to tilt the universe in their favor but their countless hours of hard work paid off eventually. They earned international acclaim in the year 2016 and their popularity has increased by leaps and bounds ever since. In the words of John Green, their life is a roller coaster that only goes up. With each success, they continue to work harder, be happy, live in the present, be humble and just love themselves and their life.

BTS has been a big source of inspiration for me ever since I’ve had the privilege of knowing them. Their journey gives me hope and great strength to deal with every situation in my life. I remember during my weight loss journey, I was constantly inspired by BTS to work a little harder, do a little better each day. I still remember my first 10 km marathon run. The last 2 kms with extremely tough and I wanted to give up. At that moment I closed my eyes and thought about BTS and their undying spirit, it instantly energized me to finish my marathon strong.

From BTS’s journey, I’ve realized that the cheat code to crack life is very simple but somehow extremely hard to implement by many people. We need to live in the present, give more than our best in everything that we do, be kind and humble, be grateful for our blessings and find happiness in everything that we do. So simple right, this is what BTS do as per my observation. These are very simple steps but somehow we fall prey to the challenges that life throws at us and bow out of the success race mid way. I’m trying to follow these ‘cheat codes’ to the best of my ability and have never felt happier in my life.

Let’s try to un-complicate life and be happy no matter what. I’ve been grinning from ear to ear throughout the day today because of this incredible news of BTS. Cheers to many more amazing accolades in future. Thank you BTS for keeping me sane and being my number 1 source of comfort and happiness whenever I am down and out. Thank you for inspiring me to do better and celebrate all the small wins in life. Life is extremely beautiful, let’s keep it that way and make it brighter and happier.

Light it up like Dynamite!

#28/100

It’s 12 pm right now, I’m typing this post quivering with excitement. BTS has dropped their new single “Dynamite” at 9.30 am today. I’ve logged off from my social media as I’m yet to watch it and don’t want to bump into any spoilers. I’m in office today and definitely don’t wish to watch the MV (music video) hushed up inside the office on my phone. BTS MV’s deserves to be reveled on the big screen (my home TV in this case).

It was year 2012, when I first got introduced to the magical world of K-pop. I call it magical for a very definite reason. I was neck deep in studying for my C.A. Final exams. This involves studying for 8 different subjects with vast curriculum and year long preparations consisting of long hours each day. Calling this time of my life stressful would be an understatement. After attempting the first paper, I got extremely panicky after reaching home. My heart was racing and I had to lie down to control my breathing. I was never scared of giving an exam in my entire life, but the pressure and absolute necessity to clear this exam freaked me out to another level.

My sister was already into K-pop at that time and kept pestering me to listen to their songs or watch their shows. I never paid heed to her suggestions as I was too closed minded (call dumb) to listen to music in a language that was completely unheard of (to me, as I said, I was DUMB). That day I decided to sit with her in front of the computer when she was watching a Korean variety show just to divert my anxious mind from all the stressful thoughts. It felt like I was teleported to a parallel universe where there are no worries. The variety show was extremely funny and made me laugh till I dropped. That was the exact stress buster my mind was seeking, I realized that day laughter is the best medicine after all. I was hooked to K-pop after then. The band I followed first was known as SS501, I moved on to Super Junior who were my bias and source of strength and happiness for a long time. I remember coming back from each exam and watching Super Junior shows just to blow off some steam before I sat down to study for the next exam. Super Junior kept me sane during that time, they are the reason I could give my exams in peace and eventually ended up clearing it.

BTS came into my life when I had no interest in it anymore. It was the year 2015 and all I did those days was work for a job that left me exhausted to live my life. I had insanely long working hours and didn’t practically enjoy any part of it. It was my sister again who re-introduced me to K-pop through BTS. I was closed minded yet again because I didn’t really feel like investing my energy in anything at that time. I realized much later that I didn’t have to “invest” my energy into BTS, they became the biggest source of it. The process of falling in love with BTS was slow and organic. They were the biggest underdogs in the K-pop industry, it was through sheer determination, hard work and sincerity that they became the “legends” that they are now. I and my sister have followed their entire journey and it’s nothing short of spectacular. They have shattered all barriers imposed on them and emerged victorious time and again. They teach me to never give up on my dreams, love myself unconditionally and find happiness in the smallest things. Their songs have the power to instantly uplift my mood and bring a smile on my face. My love for them knows no limits.

It’s 1.44 pm now. I just can’t wait to get back home. Before that I have 3 hrs of office work and 6 excruciatingly painful hours of travelling ahead but I don’t mind any of it at all, no, NOT TODAY!

P.S. If you don’t know who BTS are, they are the biggest boy band on the planet right now!

My Super List

“Research says that people who write their goals down are 42% more likely to achieve them.”

I first stumbled upon the idea of creating my “Super List” after visiting the blog of Josef Wigren. He has posted an incredible list of things he wishes to accomplish in his life and it motivated me to create my own. I call it the “Super List” as I’m obsessed with the word “Super” and want my life to be defined by this word.

I first created this list on August 28th 2016. This list is not finite and will definitely change over the course of my life.

Wish me luck. I’ll update this list as soon as I accomplish each goal and also share the details associated with it.!

Life goals

  • Be extremely fit : Perfect and strong body
  • Be extremely fearless : Never be scared of challenges
  • Be extremely secure : External forces shouldn’t affect me

Health goals

  • Become vegan
  • Lose 5 Kgs (Goal weight : 58 Kgs)
  • Get visible abs and muscle definition
  • Run a 10K marathon
16th December 2018 | Pinkathon | My first 10 km run
  • Run a 21K half marathon
22nd December 2019 | Kisna Diamond Marathon | My first 21 km run
  • Run a full marathon : 42K
  • Exercise for 30-45 minutes in a day
Have been regular with my HIIT / body weight workouts since September 2018, highest single day session time of 1 hr
  • Run for 45 minutes in a day
Maximum long running distance of 26 kms covered with an approximate timing of 3.20 hrs on 26th January 2020
  • Perfect my push ups : 10/15/20/25 at a time
  • Pull ups : 3/5
  • Hold a plank for 5 minutes
  • Complete a 10 km run under 55 mins
  • Complete a 21 km run under 2 hrs

Knowledge goals

  • Learn to read, write and speak Korean
  • Know about :
    Indian constitution
    World history
  • Read 50 books in a year
  • Clear CFA, all 3 levels in first attempt
  • Complete 10 online courses in a year

Travel goals

Visit :

  • South Korea*Dream place*
  • Japan
  • Canada
  • USA
  • London
  • Thailand
  • Dubai
  • Mauritius
  • Australia
  • China
  • Egypt
  • Rome
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Italy
  • New Zealand
  • Malta
  • Turkey
  • Greenland
  • Kolkata
First trip to Kolkata (28th October to 1st November 2017)

Community contributions

  • Clean India : Contribute towards India’s cleanliness
  • Create an animal shelter in India
  • Never leave an animal in distress

Career goals

  • Get a job that I love
  • Give a TED talk on”Confidence
  • Feature on Forbes magazine
  • Motivate and inspire people
  • Have a mentor who would truly help me achieve my professional goals

Adrenaline pumping goals

  • Sky Diving
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Ride a plane
  • Scuba diving
  • Surfing
  • Whitewater kayaking
  • Rock climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Ice-skating

People to meet

  • BTS
  • Shah Rukh Khan
  • Anushka Sharma

Life experiences

  • Attend a BTS live stadium concert
  • See a shooting star
  • See the northern lights
  • Hug a panda
  • Lie on a beach and look at the stars
  • Get a national accolade
  • Get a PR package
  • Be a speaker on a podcast
  • Own a huge library at my home
  • Visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida
  • Visit Disneyland