Tuesday, July 27, 2021
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The Rules of Living #SoulfulSunday

In the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy, an unconscious Meredith describes how a newborn takes the first breath outside the womb. She describes it as the scariest step a human does.

Breathing on its own for the very first time. 

Thinking about it, it made me accept the enormity of the task. That tiny little being secured inside another human’s body in layers of cushions takes its journey to the outside world for the first time. It’s an unfamiliar route having never done this before. No fully formed humans remember this journey either. It’s a solo trip. It’s something this tiny being has to find out by itself. 

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Isn’t it amazing our very first arrival to this world itself is a solo journey where we could encounter problems that could stop us from getting to our destination alive! There could be a million problems but we are here. Isn’t that just amazing! 

Abandoning the cozy nest that held us for all our lives we are ready to explore the world on our own. That must be exciting and scary. We all did that! 

Once the tiny new human is out of the birth canal then comes the humongous task of breathing on its own. Those little lungs that never had to breathe on their own are tested for the very first time. All the organs have to function in synchronization to bring fruition to this journey. The first breath of air must be terrifying. Getting it right matters. Getting it right sets the tone for this little one’s life ahead. 

I didn’t think of it until Meredith described it. 

We all did that part too. 

Without any guidance, we did two scariest tasks all by ourselves for the very first time on our own with no manual whatsoever. 

The rules of living are to live. To do the scary part as and when it is required. 

All I can say is we know how to do this too.

We got this! 

We just don’t know that we know how to do this. We just don’t know that we got this.

Written for #SoulfulSunday, an exercise to nourish our creative side, formulated by Esha and supported by Shilpa and yours truly

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An IT Professional, an author, an accidental blogger, a lover of words and a recent self-care addict. I love stringing words together, which I lovingly call a poem. You can read my affair with words at Void Thoughts(http://thevoidthoughts.com) and Reflections..(https://www.vinithadileep.com)

5 thoughts on “The Rules of Living #SoulfulSunday

  1. It’s an incredible act of courage, Vinitha to take that first breath, as you said and we all do it, without even realising that we are taking that one crucial step bordering between life and death. That tells us something, right? Our thinking about an act makes it scary, humungous and unnerving. When we do something without thinking about it, we end up surprising ourselves. What seems insurmountable becomes easy!!! Loved this post, Vinitha and it is telling me something that I needed to hear once again, as a reminder of what I’m capable of!!! Thanks for the lovely and the much-needed reminder.
    Wishing you a happy and productive week ahead. Hope the settling in happens faster than you can think of. 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness, Vini…..this was a FANTASTIC post!! So deep, and so full of meaning, and such a precious motivational message at the end! Brilliant, indeed!

    How true! We all know we can, we all know that we got this, and yet, we fear taking that step, especially after we are all grown up. But, if we can do it as a new born, then I don’t know why we need to fear as grownups before we step into an unknown territory!

  3. Just what I needed to read today, Vini. Thank you! I’ve been feeling low all of last week and this week, I want to kickstart myself – it’s pretty simple, but we make it complicated. Thanks for the profound wisdom of your post. Hugs.

  4. “The rules of living are to live. To do the scary part as and when it is required.” <— I needed to hear this today. I’ve been caught in an endless loop, wondering if some of my decisions are right or if I’m just giving up. But deciding to not do something even though other people keep telling you to do it, but it doesn’t feel good to you, is also scary. And for you, it may be completely right. And you can change that decision at any time, because it’s how you’re choosing to live your own life. At the end of the day, this only needs to make sense to us, right?

    Also, I never thought of our first breath like this. Such a beautiful post, Vini!

  5. This is a brilliant post. You have put across a point which is a natural but we never think about it. That first breath we took in this world- who thinks about it. All I have thought about is how the doctors slap the baby’s back to make him/her cry to ensure the baby is alive. The rule of living is to live. This is such a simple sentence and yet deep.

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