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Life – The Rear View

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It so happened that due to some official commitments of my colleagues, the car pool which I am a part off (for office commute), got disintegrated for a day. So, I decided to piggyback an official vehicle on my way to home. Since the car was taking senior mgmt officials, I ended up sitting in non-ergonomically designed back seats of the SUV. The reason for me on back seat, and seniors on front was obvious – the protocols. 😦

The above images, taken from my camera-phone reminded me of a fine quote by Warren Buffet–

“The rear (view) mirror is always clearer than the windshield.

And at that moment, this quote seemed pretty much in line with what I have felt all these years. It is easier to remember & analyse the past & question our decisions/motives. When you look back at your life, you realize a lot of things. On nearing my 26th year of existence, I share a few here –

  1. One should never be afraid of doing something good. Just take the plunge. Things will fall into place.
  2. Our choices define our characters.
  3. If I was to ask you about the most memorable events of your life, you would never reply with something like “the-presentation-that-I-gave” or “a-project-which-I-completed-before-deadline” type of a reply. Life is much simpler and non-official. The memories of strange, different and odd things we do, are the only thing we cherish for long times. (My memorable ones are – One, Two, Three & Four).
  4. It is tough to give up something you love. But this actually helps in making you realise its importance. So if you get it back later on, you would know of its importance. Some years back I was ‘devilish’ non-vegetarian. My severed liver can testify the same. 😉 Then I gave it up. And after being a vegetarian for more than a year, I again turned into a non-vegetarian. I now know the importance of all the animals 😉 & all I can say is – Hail Tundey!
  5. You should always know exactly what you want from life. By this I don’t mean the long term goals of your life. I mean the small things. Things, which, if not achieved, will make you a sad & unsatisfied person on your deathbed.
  6. Relationships are investments. And vice versa is also true.
  7. No matter what…neither you are… nor you were born to be…a doormat.
  8. There are always alternatives. (This thought was bored deep into me during my induction program in the current job – and I realise it each and every day of my working & personal life)
  9. If everything is under control, there is a serious chance that you are too slow.
  10. Compounding is still the most magical thing in this material world.
  11. Being evil is bad. But not always. 😉
  12. Vulnerability can be rewarding at times 😉
  13. If you are forgetful, then don’t worry. It’s a blessing in disguise.
  14. To get what you never had before, you actually need to do something which you have never done before.
  15. Everyone has a weakness and a stake in darkness.

I guess that the 15th point above, will make me look like a devil. If so, then be it 😉

Though I had planned to write 26 realizations, I couldn’t make it any further. You can read a few older realizations here. A few might have been repeated. The reason might be that the realizations are tough to come by. And when they do, they just keep on repeating themselves. 🙂

I am sorry for so many links in this post (On second thoughts, I am not so sorry) 😉

Btw, I forgot to tell you all. I have started a new blog on equities at –

You all are welcome there.


Written by Dev

February 14, 2011 at 11:41 pm

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  1. Co-incidently, I wrote a similar list of learnings / wisdom on my blog last week (25 things I’d tell my 25-year-old self) and managed to hit 25 things!

    Interesting realizations. “The rear (view) mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” So true!

    By the way, how are investments = relationships?


    February 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm

  2. @Shivya
    Co-incidence has this bad habit of repeating itself. Just like you wrote 25-things-post, I wrote one last year on my 25th year of existence
    As far as the equation of investments = relationships? is concerned, I would say pretty neat! 😉


    February 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm

  3. Enlightening.
    Totally agree with 1,2,3,7 and 13.
    Well, agree with the rest too 😀 Not very sure abt 15, but i dont think i quite got what you meant. 😀


    February 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm

  4. @Scorpria
    No problem if you didn’t get no. 15.
    That means you are not a part of the devil’s brotherhood!!


    February 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm

  5. Happy Twenty Sixth, Dev.

    Five is a good thought. These small things make us who and what we are.

    About being evil. Cant help smiling and think about times when I had designed how I’d end the world or someone… lol

    Len Kamei

    February 17, 2011 at 1:15 am

  6. @Len
    Thanks Len. I am still not there though 😉
    In case you are planning to end the world as we know it, please consider my proposal of joining forces… 😉


    February 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm

  7. Agree with almost all the points..especially #1 and #14 sound so true..

    Avada Kedavra

    February 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm

  8. @Avada Kedavra


    February 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm

  9. #1 is something that i really want to do. Having dreams is no big deal. Acting on them is the real deal.

    Hope i can follow my dreams soon and not when iam with a foot in the grave 😉

    liju philip

    February 22, 2011 at 11:41 am

  10. @Liju Philip
    Best of Luck Liju. Hopefully in future, I might be able to take the plunge too…


    February 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm

  11. #11 – Evil is a point of view. what say ?


    March 31, 2011 at 9:19 am

  12. @Shubhang
    Yes. It is. And as I have already said, being evil (at times) is not bad.


    March 31, 2011 at 9:55 am

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