After a decade long sleeplessness (sleeping less than 6 hours and sometimes even 4 hours) - I had incapicitated my mind and body so much that my memory weakened and dark circles emerged and I don't know what all internal damage that might have occurred - all of that in a hope that I could beat the system, work long hours and achieve greatness. But not sleeping well was degrading my body - my eyes were perpetually fatigued and although I knew about the harmful effects of not sleeping for 8 hours, I just ignored it all.
Now, I am forcing myself to sleep for 7 hours atleast ( going to bed without my mobile phone at 10 PM and waking up at 5 AM while only carrying an analog watch ). Waking up at 1 PM / 2 PM to work for a while stresses your mind and eyes so well that for the rest of the day you will feel the pain in both of them.
Chances are there that you are not facing much of it right now, possibly because you are 18-27 when even I didn't feel any of them but as you age further - your body will start rusting down, not sleeping wellacts like a catalyst and destroys you prematurely.
“Insufficient sleep in youth raises multiple public health concerns, including mental health, substance abuse, and motor vehicle crashes,” said senior author Elizabeth Klerman, MD, PhD, director of the Analytic Modeling Unit, Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Source.
So much sleep is optimal?
Adolescents require 8-10 hours of sleep at night for optimal health, according to sleep experts, yet more than 70 percent of high school students get less than that. Source.
Not sleeping for 8 hours leads to numerous problems: learning difficulties, impaired judgement, and risk of adverse health behaviors. Moreover as stated by NeuroScienceNews, people who slept six hours or less were twice as likely to self-report using alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other drugs, and driving after drinking alcohol as that of the ones who slept eight hours.
Therefore, it is must to sleep for not less than 8 hours at any given day.
Practicing becoming a mentally strong person.
When you have mighty goals, you got to be a mentally strong person, which basically means that you won’t give up after failures which you will encounter along the way.
You will plan ahead, carefully, will have paths set in the form of dots leading to your big goal and along the way you will keep on connecting the dots. Whenever there are failures encountered, new lessons will improve your path ahead which will improve your progress.
Thoughts and emotions are to be regulated and despite any hardships, positivity has to be kept round the clock.
Maintaining a inner dialogue while meditating on the progress works like charm. It helps you know yourself better, treat yourself better and all the positive message you can speak to yourself will have a healing effect on thyself.
A (wo)man is nothing without the people around. No one is truly self-made as there re contributions of so many. Regularly express gratitude to the people who supported you in your good and bad times. They are the ones who will help you grow further.
Everyone is vulnerable for one reason or another. The art is to get stronger in the strong areas and lesser vulnerable in other things. Your support group can fix those vulnerabilities as they may have strengths in the areas where you are weak and thus making you stronger than ever.
Knowing your strengths helps you in making crucial decisions. Mastering your strengths and getting stronger in them helps you in getting ready for all the opportunities around and you will be all ready to embrace them.
Having a belief system that you are worthy of all the goodness will ensure that you are all set to conquer whatever you want to. Having even slightest doubt leads to negative results.
Well, that’s something I have been trying to work upon and it’s more of a journey.
Are you with me in this journey?
An illiterate majority might/will always elect an illiterate leader. An educated one, however, will probably vote for an educated one. Getting out of clutches of poverty requires hardship and love for their country but when the countrymen are deprived of it, and are self-indulged, self-engrossed to make oneself richer, more affuluent than the fellow countrymen, the nation won't rise.
Not only the Industrial revolution in the USA but also deep love for their country along the countrymen's dream to become a global power made the USA one of the greatest countries in the world which was the case with UK, Singapore, Japan and all major developed economies. Countrymen respects their army, the leaders will give up their lives for their country but the case with developing countries is quite opposite as most of them are engrossed in corruption in different levels and just wants to stay lazy and make themselves rich.
Singapore had a great leader who took out his country from the clutches of poverty. Being such a small country - yet in a few decades they rose to prominence, to become one of the affuluent countries is indeed a big deal.
So why's that our India isn't rising to the top?
Possibly because most of the leaders have become a road blocker/bottleneck for any possible development. There is a major red tape in all levels of government operations and all the departments works in silos and their pecular ways of functioning and indulging in different types of corruption.
Perhaps the digitisation is the way out or perhaps the selfless love for the country or maybe the education. Nailing the right trigger which will cause a positive change is so much needed.
So I think that I am a chilled out person who rarely gets angry. But something recently made me extremely angry and disappointed. DrupalEurope was the event I was looking forward to attending and it would have been my first ever International Conference. So totally excited, I submitted my session about how someone can be a community leader and can organise a DrupalCamp in their city/ town/ state or country. The session was based on my experience and learnings from the DrupalCamp Goa which I led along with my team early this year.
Voila, after a few weeks I received an email stating that my session got selected for DrupalEurope. It was a big deal for me as that was my first session submission and session acceptance.
But sadly I had to step back and inform the organisers about my inability to attend the conference.
So here is the thing. I rarely depend on anyone whether it is the organisation I work with or people around me to help me out as seeking favours is just not me - but this was personal, a big learning in disguise. Due to my sheer inability to sponsor myself to attend the DrupalEurope and deliver my session opened my eyes wide open.
I introspected, retrospected and concluded that I am doing my finances wrongly and I am not putting too much thoughts (i am but still) in allocating the budget for activities which will lay different levels of impact on my life either personally or professionally.
So, here I am, having a budget allocated specifically for *unexpected activities* which will have profound impact on me either personally or professionally. A fixed percentage of 20% of my earnings will go directly into it.
Academia holds another 20% as I believe that in your 20s you should invest significant amount of money in educating yourself.
So yeah, as a reader - besides my rant, I urge you all readers to have this kind of budget for yourself as well.
That one thing can prevent situations like that.