Refusing to give up 🙏
We all need a hand to help us from not drowning...
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Refusing to give up
Last week, a friend called me up out of nowhere and asked if I had read “The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse” book
I said no.
She sent me the book on my kindle and it was a short book. Probably a 15mins read.
I started reading and came across some beautiful words.
Here are few 👇
"What do you think is the biggest waste of time?"
"Comparing yourself to others", said the mole."
“This is easily my favourite place,” said the mole
"Why? asked the boy
"Because you are all here”
"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
"Kind", said the boy.
"Do you have any other advice?" asked the boy.
"Don't measure how valuable you are by the way you are treated," said the horse."
"Imagine how we would be if we were less afraid."
"Sometimes I think you believe in me more than I do," said the boy
"You'll catch up," said the horse."
"What is the bravest thing you've ever said? asked the boy.
'Help,' said the horse.
'Asking for help isn't giving up,' said the horse. 'It's refusing to give up"
When I was reading this book, I had a constant thought in my mind. The thought was from a conversation with a friend.
Sugarcube: Before you guys ask me how I’m doing? I’m doing 100x better now. I’m constantly rebuilding myself and in a much better mental space. Thanks to all my friends, family and especially my internet friends like you. Your replies to my newsletters and kind words have helped me a lot. In this together.
Ok, now back to this… I met him and he told me something that was very interesting.
“When you are drowning, you cannot help yourself out by pulling your left hand with your right hand. You need someone’s else hand to reach inside the water and pull you out.”
I couldn’t stop thinking about this line and then I read this in the book - ‘Asking for help isn't giving up,' said the horse. 'It's refusing to give up"
The end goal of this essay is to tell you that we often don’t ask for help.
We think we could figure this out. We think we don’t need anyone’s help. At least that’s what I think.
In a call, I told my friend that what if I’m in the 1200s and I’m a soldier. A soldier stands back up and he replied with something that felt like a slap on my face.
But you are not a soldier Prado. You are you. Taking someone’s help won’t make you less of a man.
I started reaching out for help.
I made a list of people I want to talk with and started getting on calls with them during my evening walks.
I texted my sister who is a therapist herself to suggest me one 👇 and I realised that she has a therapist too.
That was when I understood the power of the entire drowning analogy.
“Asking for help isn't giving up, It's refusing to give up"
If you are struggling with mental battles, I highly suggest talking to a therapist.
This may help you understand where you are 👇
If you don’t know where to start, you can text or call my sister up.
She is the founder of SelfSpace (Here’s her company number - +91 7010915918)
One last thing, I thought travelling and meeting people I love and talking to more friends on-call would help but at the end of the day… I realised that I’m prolonging the problem. I’m escaping it. One day or the other I have to face it.
Even though I feel much better right now, I’m going to therapy this Friday.
Like Atharva said, “You never know, something deep inside you might be the cause of it all”
I came across this amazing website - JustScream.Baby (Thank me later)
You always have a friend in me. DMs open.
IN THIS TOGETHER 🙌
10 Interesting things for you 🙌
1. A lifetime of learning (Amazing Comic)
2. Something from my Twitter👇
3. Product Manager’s guide to Web3 (Blog)
4. Big Ideas 2022: The 14 transformative technologies to watch this year (Interesting read)
5. Laugh a little:
6. Question of the week:-
What are your favourite 4 letter words? (Tweet)
If you were guaranteed to get paid a $100,000 salary a year, no matter your profession, what career would you want to pursue? (Tweet)
7. Picture of the week:- Go to the tweet where YT trolls me. Ugh.
8. Current read: Halfway through Numbers don’t lie. Found lots of interesting perspectives
9. Meme of the week:-
10. Quote of the week:
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” - Robert Louis Stevenson
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“In my opinion, all artwork is stored energy. The art releases its power whenever a viewer becomes a dreamer.” —Larry Bell
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"The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act." --Barbara Sher
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