On December 31st, 2019, right before stepping into the new year I got a tattoo of this saying on my arm. I wanted this saying to be a constant reminder to keep going no matter the hardships.
2020 tested us all, for me it was life changing. The world slowed down, and every day was filled with uncertainty. The first few weeks of the lockdown, I would practically live in the same clothes for days and spend my time attending lectures on zoom or watching Netflix.
Learning remotely was no fun and neither was sitting in the same spot for hours, watching the Friends series. I finally took a break to reflect, practice mindfulness and attend to my needs. Instead of waiting till the world opened back up, I reminded myself that this is an opportunity to spend time doing things I love to do but didn’t find time for. I got back into photography again, began going for long walks and got into journaling.
I am glad I gave myself time to deal with the uncertainty around me. For a couple weeks, I let myself go and did my situational best. Honestly, I believe that this was truly needed because once I came back, I came back stronger and more energized.
I utilized my time to attend to myself and become a better version of myself. I came up with a business idea, pitched it and got accepted into an accelerator program. This new venture fueled me up with passion. As I focused on this new project, the uncertainty didn’t bother me as much anymore.
I find deep meaning in this because my business was related to lotus. Well, it’s more about water lilies (not the same as lotus, but very similar!). I want to introduce Canadians to a healthy snack made with water lily seeds and diversify their palates.
The no mud, no lotus saying is my life philosophy. I recently joined Dhyana Cleaning as a marketing lead, and though I loved what Katie was doing with the company...when I saw the same quote on her website and manifesto, I instantly felt aligned with what Dhyana stands for.
The meaning of these four words has allowed me to live more peacefully, and be okay with uncertainty, errors and negativity around me. Though in the moment it feels like the end of the world, I am learning to take a step back and view chaos as an indication that something good will come from this.
What is your life philosophy? How do you use adversity to grow stronger?
Sucheta Khurana is the Co-founder of Arise N' Go, a healthy snack startup and also part of Dhyana's Marketing team. She can be found on LinkedIn .
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