IN SCHOOL

A little change can save the day

I was always a tennis fan and now tennis has more of a wow factor because of the way players intuitively apply physics and maths for that winning serve.

I was always a tennis fan and now tennis has more of a wow factor because of the way players intuitively apply physics and maths for that winning serve.  

Do you have to feel guilty to listen to music or indulge in any other activity you enjoy most when you are gearing up for the Board exams? Perhaps no, going by this tale

It was a winter evening and like any other day, I ventured out for a stroll. I was revising all the physics concepts in my head, whispering the occasional theorem, completely oblivious to the world when someone tapped my shoulder. I looked around with a start, expecting to be robbed for money. The joke would be on him: my mother would never allow me to carry any change. Instead, I saw a boy my age, his uniform declared him to be from another school. He had headphones around his neck blaring some rock beat so loud that I could hear it. He had a very calm air about him, it seemed as though he hadn’t a worry in the world. His bag, too, seemed very light, compared to mine.

I asked him if he had started applying to colleges and how he was prepping for his board exams. He told me that he had applied to all his dream colleges and that he knew he was studying enough. I could only wonder what it was that made him so relaxed. Was it because he didn’t care about his future? Did he think life was a piece of cake and would require no hard work? How could he be so relaxed?

I asked him how he was able to waste this precious time and not feel guilty. He said that he was not wasting his time because he was listening to music. I was appalled by this answer and asked him how listening to music was in any way a more useful thing to do than studying for physics. He told me that we need to strike a balance in life — between work and pleasure to a point where the work itself becomes a pleasure and one takes pleasure in work. He told me how he was practising a Pythagorean theorem related to harmony in this song he really liked. He told me how when he painted at home, he incorporated the golden ratio in all his paintings and how he genuinely enjoyed revising his work, and how he wanted to become a theoretical physicist.

I was awed by his outlook on life. While I was busy slogging through tuitions and spending countless sleepless nights rereading and mugging up the periodic table wishing for school to get over so I could finally live my life, this boy had in fact, been living his life all this while and also been doing all that he was required to.

This event inspired me to finally take a chill pill and invest more in the creative side of me. I started drawing, singing and signed up for guitar classes. I feel much more relaxed now, it is a different lifestyle, one that I will never regret having.



Was it because he didn’t care about his future? Did he think life was a piece of cake and would require no hard work? How could he be so relaxed?



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