Yes, you the 20 something like me. You, the proud member of the self-proclaimed millennial club. I know you’re new to adulting like I am, and I also know it’s not all roses out there because you’re judged for every move you make, every chance you take, every statement you state.
If you’re working your hardest in a 10-8 job, you’re an unambitious boring human who chose to be someone’s pet and not craft his/her ladder to success. If you’re a start-up owner, you’re way too young for business. “Get some experience, learn to make money before you burn it,” they will tell you. If you decide to walk the path less traveled and give in to your wanderlust, you’re that spoilt brat who didn’t even explore the avenues of work life but instead threw yourself in a vacation, there’s nothing like travel, you vacation they would think.
For once, you decide to switch off the buttons of the world that lost objectivity long ago, until you realise that the bigger problem lies within, because for every step you take is the result of your defence mechanism.
Every time you find yourself at a social event, you put your best foot forward; using your sense humour to be charismatic so they don’t notice how fat you really look or how old those baggy eyes make you look. Every time you find yourself sharing too much information with a friend, you find a reason to distance yourself from him/her because eventually they’ll walk away and you’ll find yourself in a spot. Every time someone bestows you with a compliment, you start looking for the catch because why else would they? There has to be an ulterior motive you would think.
You don’t even want to start thinking about the relationships you’ve had because no friend nor partner can ever tell you why it didn’t work out.
Dear you, zindagi is better than you picture. Instead of holding on to your demons of the past or the worry of the future that lives in a land far away, take one day at a time and learn to smell the roses; the closer you walk towards it, the bigger the petals blossom.
And if you’ve decided that now is the time to start celebrating life with positivity, or if you wish to work towards it watch the world television premiere of Dear Zindagi on 23rd April at 12 noon on Zee Cinema. The film has a lot to offer for a soul like you and me, we can pick a leaf or two and start loving instead of simply living Zindagi.
P.S: Dear Zindagi has been one of the path-breaking films in Bollywood, which has managed to address the issue of mental health when it’s the most relevant. At some levels, we all are fighting mental health issues, the key is to pick ourselves up and walk carefree. Until next time, #StayCurious 🙂