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What I learnt at the country’s biggest youth festival

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I don’t know how often you see someone who is as hyper about things as I am – especially when it comes to attending, organising or being a part of various festivals. Having said that, it should come as no surprise to you therefore, that I was a regular attendee of the Under 25 Summit in Bangalore, held between 05 and 08 January… yup, that’s right of 2017.

If you don’t know about this or have never heard of it, I’d recommend going to their website (I’m not dumb – I’ll link it below) and figuring out how awesome they are. That most of the people involved are well-known in the college I attend, has nothing to do with how unique my experience was. But nonetheless, if you Don’t know about these folks, believe me, it’s high time you did (after reading my article, duh?!?)

People go to events for different reasons – for fun, to network, to meet new people… or even just to bunk college. And as you may guess, I won’t deny that I went for all of the aforementioned reasons.  But little did I know what I was in for when I was Literally there – at the several venues where the programs of the summit were being held. So without further ado, here is what I learnt at the country’s biggest youth festival…. the Under 25 Summit.

  1. Expect the Unexpected

    There are some things in life that you JUST cannot prepare yourself for… and by that, I mean things like sitting four feet away from a stage where some of the BIGGEST achievers in the nation (and by that I mean people who have international recognitions for their expertise) and writing a post-card to your future self {That’s gonna be my next post – don’t worry} in a digital world where the art of writing by itself is on the verge of extinction. Needless to say, you gotta jump in with both feet and having done it myself, I can proudly say “I am Under 25” (which B T W, is the catch-phrase of the event).

  2. NETWORK. Network. Net…you get the point

    Now, don’t get me wrong when I say this, but having moved around quite a bit when I was much younger, I’m someone who usually has no problem making acquaintances with people. I suppose that explains why at the end of this summit, I have a friend who is a professional golf player and YouTuber, a girl whom I made friends with when we screamed profanities (yup – the WORST kind) at a workshop we attended, friends who are at least 5 years elder to me – and of course, numerous others – all of whom I can’t and obviously don’t want to mention here XD

    The point of telling you that? Just to remind you how EPIC it feels to make new friends and get to know the different kinds of amazing people there are on the planet. That’s all!

  3. You’ll NEVER know where or when you find inspiration!

    I’m pretty sure you saw this coming, but I KNOW a lot of people who take H O U R S just deciding what to wear – a k a ME. But the four days I was a part of the U25 for (PS – that’s what we’re calling it henceforth here, ok?), I swear the clothes I was in was the least of my worries. While I wore a range of bizarre apparel (surprise!!! 😛 ) I found SO much of inspiration for trying out different ways to permute and combine the clothing and accessories I already own, that I have enough content to be posting out here for a good two months. There – you’re welcome. 😀

  4. And Last but Not the Least

I know the alignment is all wonky here, but I simply HAD to do it for the emphasis (guilty!)

The biggest lesson I learnt at the U25 – is simply that we are all always so caught up in the process of achieving our goals; goals set for us either by a psyche influenced by others or others themselves… and whether we like it or not, we get into a constant drone of things that make us feel lost over a period of time. That said, what I inferred out of this realisation that there are SOOO many people out there who:

a) Are Just like us

b) Need someone Just like us – in various projects, initiatives and endeavours that could potentially make the world a better place, for ALL of us. And if we can have fun along the way, then there should be no (and by that I mean simply NO) reason why we shouldn’t be doing what we love doing – for the constructive progress of the larger picture.

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Having said a whole bunch of stuff and a great set of four SUPERB days at the U25 this year, I can say with certainty that I had a hella lotta fun and learnt a hella bunch of stuff I didn’t know {Spoken Poetry, anyone?}. There are more subtle things I learnt too, but that’s a chat for another day.

Hope you liked this post folks! If you did, or agree with any of the lessons I learnt at the Under 25 Summit 2017, leave me a like and in the comments let me know what you’ve gotten to learn at the events you have attended. Until next time with a new adventure!

Love,

YourEverydayFashion Blog ❤