13 Things I Learnt About Life As I Turned 13

Officially becoming a teenager is one of the greatest things in a child’s life. It feels as though you are cool. But alongside this coolness, also comes a sense of responsibility and a maturity in one’s nature. So today, I would like to share the 13 things that I learnt about life as I turned 13:

1. Don’t let others define you               

☆ I have seen many people in my life that will put labels on you and try to change you for their own needs, but always listen to yourself and act wisely.

2. Be Positive

☆ Because it’s always better to look on the sunny side of everything.

3. It’s ok to take a break                       

☆ When you are feeling stressed by work or studies or anything for that matter, just take a short break and chill for sometime. This will help you get your focus back as well as put your mind at peace.

4. Always think with a calm mind       

☆ Whenever you are feeling agitated or irritated, just take a chill pill. It is very important to be calm if you want to grow in life.

5. Don’t take decisions in a haste         

☆ Decisions taken in haste and panic usually result in regretful situations. This is because when you are making them, you are not actually thinking but just trying to find a fast solution to your problem just to finish it, and not thinking about its consequences. Therefore, always remember to take decisions with a calm and composed mind.

6. Don’t try to always please others

☆ When you go out of your way just to make other people happy, you unknowingly get mentally exhausted and tired over a period of time. In the process, you also start losing your original self.

7. Everything has a limit

☆ Excess of anything is bad. Everything has a limit and capacity. Remember yours and stay within it.

8. Take out time for yourself

☆ Every day, try to take out at least half an hour for yourself when you can do whatever you like. This will provide you happiness and peace from the every day work and hustle.

9. Appreciate the little things in life

☆ Remember to always appreciate the small things in life, like catching your favorite show on time or eating a very good meal, that bring you happiness. It will help you realize how fortunate you are as well as teach you the importance of the little things in life.

10. Never give up

☆ Never ever give up. Whatever it is, you can make through it. And there are always people on the way to help you reach your goal, so don’t think that you are alone.

11. Live in the present

☆ Always remember to live in the present; don’t think too much about the future or about the past. The present is the only time when you have the power to actually do or change something. It is a gift.

12. Face your weaknesses

☆ Don’t run away from your weaknesses and failures, instead face them. The more you run away from them, the more they will keep on coming behind you and troubling you. So, face them and try to improve upon them.

And the most important of them all :

13. ENJOY LIFE

The Joy Of Finishing Exams

So, recently, I finished my mid-terms and I remembered the joy I used to feel when Lockdown wasn’t there. Hearing the bell that indicates that the last exam is over, was like music to any students’ ears. The feeling of joy, relief and freedom during that time was felt by each student in their own way.

Although I don’t mind online classes that much, I still missed hearing the sound of those joyous screams from mine as well as other classes that came just as soon as the bell rang. And even though some of our invigilators would give us half-hour lectures about the consequences of our screaming, there was nothing that could stop us. Seeing the happiness on our faces, I think the teachers also let us be a bit wildly happy for one day.

I remember, after the last exam was over, the corridors outside our classrooms would be no less than a railway station platform packed with students. And at the canteen, the situation would be even worse. The canteen was flooded with children as if that place was the only one that could provide them food. And for me, at home, it would be heaven. I would watch watch my favorite shows and eat my favorite foods half the day and spend time with my friends in the other half.

All of this sounds like once upon a time….. Ah! Those were the days..

Stranger Things

Stranger Things! A show that literally changed my whole perception of horror shows. For me, horror shows weren’t even half as good as the movies because I felt that in a series of this genre, either the stuff will be too scary or the story will be stretched. But ‘Stranger Things’ is nothing like that. Not only does this show has an awesome story line that keeps you literally on the edge, it also finally made a group of kids famous that weren’t from Disney. Just kidding 😁.

The first season is mainly centered on the disappearance of Will Byers due to a creature from another world, and how his friends and family go to great lengths to find him with the help of a very unique girl, Eleven, with superpowers. The great lengths that Will’s mother Joyce goes to find him and saves him from the deadly monster (the Demogorgan) with the help of police chief Jim Hopper shows how a mother can do literally anything for her child. Also, the way that Will’s friends (Mike, Lucas and Dustin) search for him risking their own safety tells us what is the meaning of true friendship.

The second season was even better ! The way that they showed how Eleven is hidden by Hopper and how she rebels and reaches out to her family and a sister that she never knew about is just amazing. Meanwhile, Will is literally possessed by another thing from the Upside Down (a totally different dimension from where all the evil comes) and therefore becomes a threat to his family and friends. How will they get this demon out of Will ? How will they save themselves from all the danger coming towards them? Watch the series on Netflix to find out.

And lastly, the third season of Stranger Things is epic. The story line, the base, the new characters, the plot, everything is amazing. I really have to give it to the Duffer Brothers on this one. And fortunately, nothing happens to Will in this season 😜. This season not only tells us the horror story, but also shows sides of the gangs’ friendships, relationships and normal teenage problems. But in the end, the whole thing is amazing. In this season, the Russians are trying to open the portal to the Upside Down (are they literally mad !) right here in Hawkins, Indiana. Also, the Mind Flayer has now almost taken over the full town andis coming for Eleven and her friends. How will Eleven save herself and her friends from this deadly monster. Watch the show only on Netflix to find out.

I think by now you must have got the idea of how awesome Stranger Things really is. So best of luck in watching it and remember, stay safe from the Upside Down. 😉

Harry Potter- A Special Part Of My Childhood

Harry Potter- the magical wizard who took our hearts with him while flying on his ‘Firebolt’ broomstick. Almost every child who likes reading books knows and has read about the adventures of this skinny wizard and his 2 best friends’ adventures. From finding the Philosopher’s stone to winning the Triwizard Tournament and defeating the powerful dark wizard Voldemort, Harry Potter has gone on many many adventures alongside his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, two people who stood with him and believed him no matter what.

As many of you readers know, the Harry Potter series taught us to imagine, taught us to believe, made us realize that anything can happen and the most important of all, taught us friendship. Being an orphan, all Harry Potter had for a family was his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and his cousin Dudley, all of whom treated him like a servant and an outcast. But when Harry came to Hogwarts, he found his real family- the smart Hermione Granger, the brave Ron Weasley, the wise Professor Albus Dumbledore and his extended family of the sweet and welcoming family of the Weasleys. Molly Weasley was like a mother to Harry that he never had; she cared for him as if he were his own son, so much so that her boggart was of that of her family AS WELL AS Harry dead. The Wealseys, despite of their weak financial conditions, took care of Harry as if he were if their own.

For me, reading Harry Potters adventures was like going on them with him and his whole gang. I felt bad when Fred Weasley, the Murauders and many other people died, and I felt overjoyed when Harry won the Battle of Hogwarts.

I feel that we all owe a BIG THANKS to J.K Rowling for making mine along with many other children’s childhood so very special. And finally, A VERY VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR BELOVED WIZARD, HARRY POTTER.

Harry’s ‘Lightening Scar’ shaped brownies made by me

The Fault In Our Stars

Ah! The ‘Fault In Our Stars’, a book that explained Love in all the right ways. For those who don’t know, ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ is a book and also a movie that tells about the life of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year old cancer patient who falls in love with Augustus Waters (a.k.a Gus), a cancer survivor.

Hazel, having lung cancer couldn’t exert a lot and was very sick. She sat at home all day binge-watching TV shows and didn’t even have any friends. Upon her Mom’s advice Hazel forcibly goes to a Support Group for child cancer patients. There, she meets the ever-charming, ever-sweet Augustus Waters, an 18-year old Cancer survivor (Augustus had osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer due to which he had to get one of his legs amputated). Although Hazel did fall for Gus, she still wanted to be ‘just friends’ with him as she referred to herself as a ‘grenade’, and believed that when she died, she would hurt the people she loved and the people who loved her, therefore making everyone sad and miserable. Although Gus agrees to being just friends, he knows deep down that both he and Hazel love each other.

When Hazel and Gus go to Amsterdam to meet their favorite author, Gus tells Hazel some news that shocks her to the core. Read the book or watch the movie to find out what happens in Hazels’s life.

All throughout the book, the same lessons and facts about life are shown again and again-“Pain demands to be felt”. This fact about life is something that we can’t ignore. To quote Jim Hopper from Stranger Things (A Netflix Series), “Make mistakes, learn from ’em, and when life hurts you – because it will – remember the hurt. The hurt is good. It means you’re out of that cave.”. The message that the author is trying to convey in this book is that ‘Pain is inevitable, but misery is optional’. It shows that if you have pain inside you, it isn’t wrong. But it is very important to acknowledge this pain and to move on and start from a fresh page. Also, to quote Augustus Waters, “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you.”.

Lastly, I would really like to thank John Green for writing such an amazing book and for teaching us these important truths about life.

Gratitude

With everyone sitting at home quarantined due to the ongoing pandemic, I’m sure many people would have got time to sit and reflect on their lives. I did so too. Many a times I would thank God that I had a roof over my head,  food on my plate and that I still lived a happy and comfortable life in these challenging times. We all think that we don’t have this or we don’t have that, but be grateful that you at least have that much. So many people had to depend on Government shelters for food and stay during this lockdown. Think about the people who live on sidewalks and who depend on leftover food from trashcans. Give gratitude every time you see someone living on the sidewalk or begging for food. In fact, why only give gratitude on such things, thank God every time something good happens to you.

I think the best way to show your gratitude is by keeping a small notebook on your bedside table, in which you can write at least 5 things that you were grateful for each day. This can be done in the night before sleeping. I hope this article inspires you to start your own little ‘Gratitude Notebook”.😊

Don’t Loose Tears

Why cry upon the death of someone
Who was so very dear,
Their time has come and they have gone  
But their soul will always be near.

Why cry upon a broken heart,
If you were meant to be, he would be here.

Why cry upon a betrayal 
Of an untruthful soul, 
Fight back strongly with no fear.

Why cry upon failure,
Take it as a stepping stone
To make your vision clear. 

Why cry upon hard work,
Remember,
In the end a sweet fruit will it bear.

Why cry upon destiny,
Slowly you will see  
Spring has come, making the Winter disappear.


                  ~Aahana Jain 

#BLACK LIVES MATTER

#Black Lives Matter. This was something that could be found in every corner of the internet after 25th May. It is good that even white people come together alongside black people to fight such matters, but it is also sad at the same time that discrimination and racism is still happening in this world. Do you know that George Floyd didn’t even do anything illegal. He was only SUSPECTED by a white officer, Derek Chauvin, of passing a counterfeit $20 bill. The officer didn’t even have any proof to arrest George. And even if George Floyd did pass a counterfeit bill, the officer didn’t have any right to kill him. Maybe arrest, but not kill him so brutally.

It is good that Officer Chauvin was charged and is currently in jail; still, he took the life on an innocent black man. Did he even think for a minute about George’s family and friends? No, he did not. And that is the hard truth of the world. But we can change this truth.

We can change it by not doing racism. By treating people equally no matter what they look like or where they come from. In fact, why should we be labeled as ‘black’, ‘white, ‘brown’ or ‘oriental’ people? Why can’t we be just ‘people’ without all those labels. After all we all are humans, just with different colors, facial features, languages etc.

For people who like to read books on such realistic matters and those people who think that racism is okay, please read the book “The Hate You Give”. It is a novel written by Angie Thomas and now a movie also. It tells the life of Starr Carter, a seventeen-year old Black girl who sees her teenage black best friend being shot by a White police officer for no reason. You can read about Starr’s struggle to get her best friend justice against the white people. The book has many positive reviews from John Green, Teen Vogue, Entertainment Weekly and many others and is also a No.1 New York Times Bestseller.

Lets Fight Corona Together

The whole world has been jolted to a stop due to the Corona virus. The way the world is going on right now, with all the lockdowns and quarantines, one can say that this virus has in a way started controlling our lives. Now nobody can watch movies in theaters, eat good food in restaurants, go for relaxing vacations etc. Why ? Because of the fear COVID-19 . Now, it is our choice to let it go this way or to improve the situation and get everything back to normal. If we want our normal lives back, we need to stand up.

Right now, anyone who is reading this might not be a doctor or a scientist who is working towards defeating Corona, but being a normal person does not mean that we can’t help fight this pandemic. We can help fight this by staying in our homes, wearing masks while going out, going out only when necessary and taking all the precautions. Think about the people out there who are risking their lives for us. Think about their families and their children. Don’t you think that we at least owe this much to them. Is staying in your home for a few weeks really that hard? Doctors are again and again uploading videos saying that please stay at home so that they can also live a more peaceful life. Please think before stepping out of the house.

My request to everyone is that please stay safe, stay at home and pray for all the people who are fighting for their lives and for the people who are working towards defeating this virus.

Thank You.

Why “Five Feet Apart” is one of the best movies ever made.

This movie is actually based on a novel written by Rachael Lippincott, Mickey Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis published by “Simon and Schuster” ; but the movie is just as good and heartwarming as the book is. If you have seen the 2019 film “Five Feet Apart”, I am sure you will agree with me that this IS one of the best movies ever made. For those who haven’t had a chance to see the film, I am telling you it’s a MUST watch. The film focuses around the lives of 2 cystic fibrosis patients-Will Newman and Stella Grant- who despite of their very different lifestyles and attitudes, fall in love with each other. This film is the kind of movie that will make you cry and laugh at the same time. The thing that is so special about this movie is that both Will and Stella have the same disease that prevents them to be within six feet apart of each other at all times. This means they can’t even touch each other. Imagine loving someone who you can’t touch let alone get closer to than 6 feet. How they make their love work is very heartwarming and beautifully depicted in the film. I am not going to give any more spoilers, but I am telling you, if you don’t watch it, you are going miss out on one of the best movies made in this decade. This movie has Cole Sprouse playing the easy going Will Newman and Haley Lu Richardson playing the good girl Stella Grant. This movie is also available on Netflix.