Welcome to yet another edition of warikoo Wanderings where I give you a sneak peek into my life.
In today's edition I talk about an age old habit that I got rid of, a book I would highly recommend, tips on meditation, a twitter thread from my last birthday and I leave you all with a question.
So let's get started.
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AN OLD (BAD) HABIT THAT I GOT RID OF
People who know me well consider me very calm, composed and rarely nervous (seriously warikoo - whosoever you are taking humility training from - fire them!)
So they do not understand how is it that I bite my nails.
There, I said it.
I bite my nails.
Which frankly is funny, because I personally do not remember myself being a nervous or anxious kid. I do not remember how it even started.
No, I do remember.
It was because of my cousin (who incidentally became a proud father to twins this Monday!). He used to bite his nails and I thought that was cool.
Or, this story absolves me of my responsibility.
What I do know is I find myself biting my nails when I am thinking hard.
Which kinda explains it, doesn't it?
I am nervous that while I want to think, my brain will constantly keep shouting, "bhai tumse naa ho payega!"
And hence the nail biting.
So when I started reading about this certain virus spreading in the world right now, because of which we were in a lockdown, and realized that is spreads mostly when our infected hands touch our eyes, nose or mouth, I was like HOLY SHIT! You are getting infected my man.
And the only thing I could do think of was, "stop biting your nails".
That meant my brain was finally jumping with joy, "yay, he will stop thinking".
And that I will have to change the longest surviving bad habit of mine.
Initially it was hard. Reminding yourself not to bite your nails. Slowly though, you became more and more aware of it. And this time, there was a "threat" attached to it, as against a desire.
All these years, it was my desire to quit this habit. Never a threat.
And, that worked!
Cut to today, I now use a nail cutter.
Let me repeat.
I now use a nail cutter.
To cut my nails.
My finger nails.
That shit has never happened before. I have never used a nail cutter as far back as I can remember. It was always my teeth.
But I am proud to not be a savage anymore.
And like a gentleman, I clip my nails, then file them to give them a nice curved shape and then apply red nail...
The lockdown got rid of one bad habit of mine! Yay! :))
MY TWITTER THREAD FROM MY BIRTHDAY LAST YEAR
This thread that I wrote last year was a compilation of my life lessons, having lived 39 years thus far.
I loved going back to my life and capturing it in small digestible format. It remains one of my best performing acts on Twitter and I am genuinely proud of myself.
At times I can't believe how I fool people to believing I am so smart! Sach mein!
A BOOK THAT IS NOT A SELF-HELP BOOK BUT WILL HELP YOU IMMENSELY
Atomic Habits, by James Clear.
It is hands down one of the most exceptional books I have read. I used to follow James much before this book, was always moved by his thoughts, and through this book he outdid himself.
I have been meditating for the past 5 years and used to skip 10-20 days every year, not feeling great about it.
After I read Atomic Habits, I promised myself not to miss a single day ever again.
And guess what?
I completed 366 straight days yesterday!
Which brings me to...
QUICK TIPS ON MEDITATION
- I started with the Headspace app - Andy (founder) is an exceptional guide.
- Used to meditate for 10 mins every day, in the morning. It was guided meditation by Andy
- After 2 years, moved to the Calm app. Increased to 20 mins, but still guided.
- After a year, started 30 mins everyday, not guided. Just a simple bell ring every 10 mins. That's what I do everyday now. First thing in the morning once I get up.
A QUESTION FOR ALL OF YOU
Which is a healthy habit you have developed during the lockdown? Something you are proud of and you know you will continue with, for the rest of your life.
Let me know.
Until next Friday, stay safe and god bless
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