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Its time for the next version!

 

She: “Gosh, why is my computer making me update my flash player again? I don’t have time for this”

Me: “Yeah that updates quite  frequently “

She: “Its annoying!  I feel like I have to install a new one every week,  I wish they’d just come out with the last version first so I could skip all of this”

Me: flabbergasted and rolling with laughter.

 

I had this conversation just recently with a friend   and that’s indeed very interesting, especially her suggestion, “They should come out with last version first”  🙂

 

Wish it was really possible?

Technically, there’re so many reasons that exist about why these applications updates so often, but I’m not going to do that as this isn’t a tech blog after all and I’ve got no plans to bore your  ass off.

 

Being a tech entrepreneur though, I’ve been wondering: When internet explore first came out, it was nothing but a piece of crap and see what it has become now (though many believe that its still a piece of crap) 🙂

The first version of iOS (then called as iPhone OS), did not even have MMS, included in even the dumbest phones out there.

First version of Microsoft word was worst than current notepad in terms of features.

Google’s search algorithms from the first version and now have radically transformed.

 

Almost all software programs that we’re using today have gone through this process and what we see them now (both in terms of user interface as well as functionalities) is the result  of  continuous and recurrent updates, only then they’ve become what they’re now.

Imagine if they haven’t updated, would they really have been what they’re right now?

I’m sure not.

 

In life, however, we do get stagnant many a times, doing just the same things and not daring to try anything new.

We wake up  in the same room, follow the same routine, work the same tasks, carry the same complains, hold the same desires, and the hours, days, months, years, decades keep on passing by.

We keep on running marathon while standing on the treadmill. Ridiculously,  , we do the same things and still expect different results.

 

I was attending this college alumni  party that happened recently.  one of the popular themes other than sex life and virginity was the round up of who’s looking how and doing what in life comparing to how she/he had been at the time of college days.

Some of the people have become wildly successful, some excessively fat, some have accumulated piles of  wealth, some have lost the glory that their parents provided, some turned more beautiful and some of the then sex boms had  become stinking ugly.

 

The point is this. Nature by character is transformational. You are growing bit by bit every single moment from head to toe including your hair, nails and even those nasty pimples. Whether or not you do something, achieve something, learn something, go somewhere,  meet someone, its continuing without the intermission  of a single moment.

However, in life, many a times, we’re just passing time, doing same things in same way and still desiring, complaining and expecting the same, lofty results day after day, months after months and years after years.

 

Its about the end of 2016 when I’m writing this post, which is a perfect time to reflect, assess and analyse how have the last 12 months been.

How many of your goals, dreams, desires and expectations are exactly at the same state as they  were around the same time last year? What actions have you taken over these months to change and accomplish them?

Whether its about a job that you don’t love, difficult financial situation, complicated relationship, bad health, love proposal you’re holding back, project you wanted to start/scale, places you wanted to go or things you wanted to experience.

If you find that there are items in any area what so ever where needles have not moved, this is the time to see why are they  same still? What actions you took and why they haven’t produced results? What actions did you actually hold back that you know could transform this situation?

Many of us stay in situations long past their expiration dates or settle into experiences that don’t soothe our souls because we are reluctant to experience discomfort. In those moments, we’re thinking with our heads instead of our hearts. We fear that the choice we make could set us back or send our life off course. When it comes to taking an action, many of us are so focused on the worst-case scenario that we get stuck and paralyzed.

Think of a pond that is stagnant.

What does it attract? What do un-refreshed, dead-still bodies of water look like?

They collect what some call “pond scum.” Dead-men’s bones. Algae that turns brown. It cakes and decays, rats scurry; ants build hills; and mice have colonies. At night, bats wing over them. There are no fruits: nothing healing.

 

Now, think of the waters that move. Think of the power of Niagara! Think of Heaven and the “living waters.” Think of crystal-clear springs fed by deep caverns. Think of the ocean and its waves: constantly in motion and generating life,  energy and exhilaration.

 

You get the point?

 

“I just wish I had more time.”  Get over it.  Today, tomorrow and July 20, 2023 will all have only 24 hours.  I have time for what I prioritize.  So whatever I am doing instead of investing in my growth is obviously a bigger priority for me.

All of us have the access to living water, but it takes efforts to keep it flowing.

If you swim in the dead pond, , it’ll take you nowhere. You’ll end up being sick, you’ll catch the stink. It’s the living pool, where real, enjoyable swimming happens.

No matter how small or lofty your goals are, no matter how much of difficulties you have in front of you, if you’re not taking action to change, you’re not growing, and if you’re not growing, you’re dieing.

As there was this famous poem of Pablo naruda…

 

you start dying slowly

if you do not travel,

if you do not read,

If you do not listen to the sounds of life,

If you do not appreciate yourself.

 

You start dying slowly

When you kill your self-esteem;

When you do not let others help you.

 

You start dying slowly

If you become a slave of your habits,

Walking everyday on the same paths…

If you do not change your routine,

If you do not wear different colours

Or you do not speak to those you don’t know.

 

You start dying slowly

If you avoid to feel passion

And their turbulent emotions;

Those which make your eyes glisten

And your heart beat fast.

 

You start dying slowly

If you do not change your life when you are not satisfied with your job, or with your love,

If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain,

If you do not go after a dream,

If you do not allow yourself,

At least once in your lifetime,

To run away from sensible advice,

you start dying slowly…

 

Don’t let your living water stagnate.  Keep your interests alive. Let there be difficulties but don’t stop  marching towards your goals.   Find areas of new fascination. Expand spiritually. Never settle into “retirement.”.  Don’t be dead in the pond,  Go with the flow instead!

 

Here’s wishing you all the best for the year 2017. Come, let’s make this year the best year ever. May you become the vbest version of yourself this year.  May all your goals get accomplished, all your desires gets fulfilled, may you get enormous love and affection from your relationships and may you enjoy every moment of the coming year growingly and joyously.  Amen!

 

P.S.: This website as well has a new version now. Notice there’s a completely new layout that you are reading this post on. Thoughts about post as well as site will be appreciated!

 

  • saurabh saxena

    Great post Prateek, I see one of the reason why we don’t update our self with time is because we somewhere lost our ability to sit back, Reflect and being retrospective. We are always moving. Another reason I see is we constantly play a blame game. If we blame situations and persons around us instead of take responsibility on ourselves to change the situation, Chances are very slim we can improve our life for better and upgrade our version. It may sound cliche but It’s true for most of us 🙂

    • I’m glad that you liked the post, saurabh. Indeed I agree that a lot of things in our lives are stagnent because we do not choose to make self-analysis and self-evaluation. Taking 100% responsibility of life (good/bad whatever), is the only way to make it happen. Complains, blaims and revenge never helped and will nevver be helping ever. 🙂

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