I choose to write such philosophical pep talks so as to be able to read my own thoughts lucidly, subsequently fulfilling my prime goal, of gazing at life-and-living, most closely. So get ready to dive deep into the depths of your mind.
Robert Frost once said “In three words I can sum up everything I have learned about life: “It Goes On“. In my humble opinion it is obligatory to extend this definition (in 21st century). Life is apparently a pristine jugglery of these three acts viz.
“Improvise, Adapt and Overcome”.
Ones failing to abide by this indispensable dictum are somehow swayed by the rogue ripples of life sooner or later.
Apart from being a precept, this philosophy of living is an adage of fighters. This is a maxim meant for men of steel, folks! Its implementation would call for extreme prudence, self discipline and grit. Let’s deliberate, or rather, elucidate upon this approach towards life.
Improvisation is the basic essence of life. Improvisation is the INHERENT nature of the universe. On a more objective and personal ground, I WOULD choose to call it a sustained, conscious effort to better your own self and your surroundings.
Look around..!! Every single sight that your vision beholds is a result of improvisation. Right from the human species itself to the tangible advancements of our civilisation; the whole spectrum is a result of multiple improvisations. Human society exists on a pedestal which has been remodelled, ever since its inception and IS still continuously evolving. Surprisingly enough, every phenomenon in the nature tries to improvise. All living organisms are a result of a chronological array of improvisations included into a monolithic fudge factor called “evolution and natural selection”. Even financial markets try to improvise. Why do electrons come down to the most stable state? Why is a cone or a cylinder more likely to stay in its stable equilibrium? Why does stock market stabilize? Why is there a fall of dynasty or a government? Answer doesn’t just lie in the realm of physics, chemistry, macroeconomics or history. The Crux of these answers stays etched in the philosophy of “Improvisation”.
The moot point here being, every individual must always strive towards improvising one’s OWN self, decisions, actions and above all- humanity.
Instead of listing a wide range of citations for establishing how crucial adaptation is; let me ruminate over its applicability and efficacy towards a successful lifestyle.
Life is a game of accepting and avoiding certain adaptations. There are basically innate and acquired tendencies, according to me. It is this specific set of acquired adaptations, which lends an individual, The winning edge.
Today we are accustomed to following the “rules”. Break the rules (not the law). We have so many conventions in life about everything. I say avoid THIS adaptation and carve your own path. It is difficult to be a maverick or a true genius if you’re highly Entwined in the traditional fabric of society. Build your own niche and Adapt to it. Accept the failures and then improvise. Never fear them.
Adapt to being knocked out by life. Let me tell you something you might already know. The world isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Always remember; tough times never last but tough people do. It’s all about how much you can get adapted take and still move forward. That’s how winning is done. You’ve got to be prepared mentally that life is going to knock YOU out, so you better be willing to take it (instead of looking at it as a failure or some sad demise). You must go out there and get what you’re worth. That’s the fighters’ call.
Overcoming is the most crucial part of this axiom like a prestige (which is the final revelation) of any magic trick. It is conquering the difficulties after adapting and improvising. Overcoming is winning; which is done best, by an optimistic outlook. Muhammad Ali before entering the ring told himself “I’m the greatest, I’m the champion”. So before he became a champion inside the ring, he became a champion outside.
Equally important is perseverance. Unless you’re willing to sincerely work hard towards overcoming the crisis, you cannot TIDE OVER it.
My favourite and the best pole vaulter of the world Yelena Isinbayeva was once asked “How do you manage to break your own world record or for that matter even cross such a high bar”… her terse reply encompasses the entire philosophy of overcoming. She said “I throw my heart over the bar… and my body follows!”
Success is never final and failure is never fatal. SOAR AND ROAR.