As easy as you make it
A new friend of mine keeps saying -
Thoughts become things
Problems are all about perception. Big problems are only big because you think they are.
Here are two personal stories from a couple of weeks ago.
I was extremely stressed about the WordCamp Mumbai 2016 being executed brilliantly. I was the lead organiser after all. The stress of the entire event should technically be resting on my shoulders. But something happened. I decided not to be stressed. I reckoned that it will either go well, and future me would be happy. Or it won’t go well, and there’s no point in sacrificing good feelings now for bad feelings in the future. I did not stop caring, but I stopped stressing out. I decided that it wouldn’t be the end of the world if one event I was volunteering at did not go well.
I was able to enjoy myself more — during the preparation towards the event. The event was a success.
My US Visa story is similar.
It was the first time I applied for a US Visa. I’d heard a lot of stories about how single IT industry folks were rejected from getting visas just to attend conferences. Naturally I was a little bit stressed, but a similar moment happened to me where I decided to stop taking the stress.
I decided that it wouldn’t be the end of the world if I did not get a visa. I could either try again or just skip this conference and go for another one later.
The preparedness did not change — but my perception did. And that made a huge difference in my state of mind through till the event.
Oh and I got the visa!
Life is as easy as you want it to be.