success and failure

Success and Failure

The need to be constantly visible, on an hourly basis, somehow is beginning to identify with triumph.

The fame that a paid award or media representation brings is, somehow drilled into being popular.

The need to look for aesthetically beautiful pictures of food, hotels, clothes, accessories and even people, is putting out a false sense of appreciation out there, wouldn’t you think?

For the real world consists of normal people who have bad hair days, who may have freckles or acne. Not everything is perfect and it was never intended to be that way. It is a strange world that we are living in. A world where real life issues and concerns like geo-political news or climatic crisis tend to have a few seconds of fame as opposed to trivial social media antics. Every little achievement gets highlighted and broadcasted. There is no question of putting up failure! For failure even today is seen as a sign of weakness, of not being good enough!

Our former President APJ Abdul Kalam said it best – ‘Don’t read success stories, for you will only get a message. Read about their failures so you will get some ideas about success.’

It is in a person’s ability to bounce back that shapes them on the path of success and that is the story of grit that I would want to know about. I would want to know what their fears were and how they overcame it. It isn’t about a mere number that follows you across the band, but about you as an individual. What is it that makes you, you? What is the fear you have? How did you reach where you did?

The truth is that we need more stories about failure than we do about success that rides on paid gratifications. We need more reels about the importance of #nofilters than about layering up and projecting versions of ourself that aren’t even true. We need a certain sense of truthfulness and honesty that the youth, most specially teenagers are privy to across the various social media platforms.

Am I being paranoid or is it a concern that you may have too?

What happens if one day – social media, with all its followers, likes, comments etc disappears? What happens to the ‘influencers’ who have a huge fan base based on their gift of the gab? What happens if there is nothing for us to aimlessly scroll down to? In a world where being seen defines us, what if we disappear? What do you think the silence will do to us or for us?

There is a quote that I read that incited this blog. “In a world that entices us to browse through the lives of others to help us better determine how we feel about ourselves. And to, in turn, feel the need to be constantly visible, because visibility these days somehow equate to success.

Do not be afraid to disappear.. and see what comes to you in the silence!” (Michaela Coel on her Emmy acceptance speech)

Cheers!

Pooja

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