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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 ❤

 

 

 

Season’s Greetings :)

diwali

Hello there Reader! 🙂

If you’re from where I am, then today was Diwali for you. If you aren’t or don’t know what Diwali is – well, in very brief – it is the festival of lights, celebrated to commemorate the triumph of ‘Good’ over ‘Evil’, in Hindu mythology. Not dwelling too much on the supernatural aspects often found in connotation with the festival, here are my thoughts about what Diwali is.

(Do note – this being my little corner of the vast, vast world wide web, I do not wish to impose any of my thoughts or opinions on anyone, in any form. The following are my perspectives and being mere opinions, they are not open to debate 🙂 )

As the age-old lore goes, the wolf that we feed within each of us, is the wolf that wins. However, by dedicating a festival to the triumph of the ‘Right’ over the ‘Wrong’, or more correctly, the ‘Good’ over ‘Evil’, what is it that our ancestors wanted to tell us? Well, in what little I have been able to gather in the two decades I have been around for, what I have understood is simple – reminding ourselves of our immense potential to do good. Didn’t get me? Let me explain.

You see, each of us has unfathomable undiscovered potential to do good in this world. This could be as doing good to ourselves, doing to those around us or maybe even doing something for the greater good of humanity. But, wait a minute… WHAT, is “Good”? Not dwelling too much on the relativity of the literal meaning of the word, the generic understanding here is a deed favourable to all parties concerned, with the most minimal negative consequences. However, this “good” is easier spoken about than done. That is why, having a day to remember that there was once someone in our legends, who could do this kind of “good”.

By remembering and remiscing this act of bravery to stand up against the erstwhile representation of sins and injustice in the world, if one of our ancestors could lead supposedly insignificant individuals to victory, we as evolved beings must find the insipiration to do all the good we can, to all those we can, in all the ways we can, at all times when we can!

Another important symbolism in the festival of lights, is of course, the literal lighting of lamps. But what is the parallel we draw, with regard to the ‘good and evil’ theory, from lamps? Well, that is an easy answer. You see, when a lamp burns, it consumes itself (or its minimally available resources) to provide heat and light to its surroundings. That way, the lamp is doing all the good it can. As humans, if we can do the same thing or attempt to do the same, indeed, the world Will be a much nicer place to live in.

Last but not the least, even scientifically, Diwali is celebrated at a time when the seasons are in metamorphosis from autumn to winter. In a situation that is likely to cause humans to curl up and become low in productivity, starting off the season by joyous interactions with loved ones, is an unintended motivation to keep individual spirits up. This way, such celebrations are a great way our ancestors found to keep us cheery in the harsh months that loom ahead.

Thus, as we can see – each element of our festivities has a reason, a rationale behind it. Sure, aeons of interpretations and misinterprations may have made things seem a little askew, but there are reasons why things are the way they are. And though times and lifestyles have changed – these traditional practices still hold a lot of value and can have tremendous positive impacts to all our lives, if we let them. After all, to the eye of reason and logic, there are a hundred reasons why. 🙂

This was just some food for thought – let me know of what you think.You can leave me a comment below or email me at teenxadventurer@gmail.com. You can also find me on Instagram – @youreverydayfashionblog

All that said and done, here is wishing all my readers a wonderful Diwali. May you have a prosperous, positive and productive year.

Love,

YourEverydayFashionBlog ❤