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Can change your past?

I went from Odia Medium School to one of the best colleges for my 11th and 12th grade. But those two years at BJB College in Bhubaneswar were probably the toughest in my entire education.

I found it particularly difficult to understand the topics as the medium of communication was English. I was shy which meant I had very few friends to ask for help to gain momentum in the studies. I really struggled with Physics, but I couldn’t find a teacher for extra coaching classes. It went on for more than 6 months and with each passing day, my confidence was heading south.

Finally, I found a teacher who I thought would bring my struggle to a standstill.

There were only two students including me in the coaching class. Sajan Moharana was the other guy who was on the same boat as mine. The teacher would come to teach the subject for 10-15 min and soon, he would leave for his personal work. He would expect us to finish some tasks by the time he returned after an hour or more. Our job was to write/copy the exact information from the engineering physics book into our own notebook. Probably he thought that was a fantastic way to teach physics to someone who was seriously struggling with the subject.

This went on for several months. By the time I decided to put an end to my misery, I had serious doubts about my ability to even score passing marks in the final exam.

After that episode, whenever I recollected about physics, it only gave me pain and regret.

In Oct 2019, I started writing as a hobby. Soon I started enjoying the process and focused mostly on penning down my running experiences. I was still not comfortable looking back at those agonizing two years of college.

Few months into the writing and I found more opportunities to look back on my life. Slowly and steadily, writing improved. What came up as a big revelation to me was that although I wrote in a plain notebook, the spacing between the lines and the font size were perfect as if I was writing in a ruled notebook.

It reminded me of my physics class where I used to spend hours each day just copying the text into my notebook. And for the first time, I didn’t feel any regret about my physics class. Probably the time I spent writing had helped to improve my handwriting.

Writing gave a whole next context to my past and freed me from the agony of 20 years. In fact, the most difficult experience helped to improve my writing and I couldn’t be happier.

So, pick up a pen my friends.

“You can’t change your past, but you can use the past to write a whole new future.” – Sambit Kumar Routray

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Find your Rhythm

We all get lost in the race of life. There are so many priorities, dreams, responsibilities that we chase day in and day out and in the process lose connect with ourselves.

Running is no different. As we gather before the starting line, there are thousands of participants. Some are athletic, many are well build, few are lean and remaining are overweight . We like it or not, but we start comparing our abilities with those well build people and think whether we need to have similar body to run better.

As the opening flag waves to mark start of the run, faster runners march ahead rapidly. Some people fall behind. It’s easy to lose your rhythm in this race. It may impact the outcome of your run adversely.

Those initial moments of the run are crucial. Hold your nerve and go easy. You will find your rhythm even before you realize.

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Act of Random Kindness

Can you leave a lasting impression in just 5 seconds?

Let me share a story with you.

It was the year 2014.

I was on my way to buy some groceries when someone standing by the roadside asked for a lift. I slowed down my bike and asked the person where he wanted to go. He wanted to be dropped at the nearby bus stop which was approximately 1.5 km from that place.

As I was going in the same direction, I told him to sit on the back seat. Within few minutes, we reached the bus stop. He got down and thanked for the help. I wished him a good day.

Then I took a U-turn as the grocery shop where I wanted to go was on the way back.

The person was surprised to realize that I came 100 m ahead of my destination to drop him at the bus stop. But for me, it was just a matter of few seconds on the bike. He asked me to stop the bike and thanked me enough for the help. For me, it wasn’t a big deal, but for him, it was really special.

That experience made me realize that we can leave a lasting impression in a matter of few seconds.

This Act of Random Kindness (ARK) can also be applied to the field of running.

When you participate in any running event, you will find some runners towards the finish line struggling to finish the run. They are usually exhausted both physically and mentally. You may choose to slow down, motivate them to stay strong and finish the run. Believe me, your few encouraging words have the power to fill those tired souls with fresh energy and enthusiasm.

Consider, someone is running in an event for the first time. He or she has already given up as the remaining distance looks back-breaking. That person is clear in his or her mind that in no way that distance can be covered. But you choose to encourage him or her to keep trying. When that person finishes the run, what is that he or she is going to experience?

The person will be transformed. His or her perception of self would change forever.

Only you can make that difference by adding the wind (of inspiring words) beneath the wings of that person when he or she has abandoned hope.

It’s lovely, isn’t it?

If you have experienced ARK anytime in your life, share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Small is beautiful

2019 was a fantastic year for me in terms of running. Eleven half marathons, two full marathons and one Ultra marathon gave lot of high throughout the year.

In the beginning of 2020, I was looking forward to more action-packed year. But Covid19 ensured that 2020 became one of the forgettable years for all.

Running outside was largely restricted for most part of the year. So long runs were largely out of question. So, I focused on smaller distances to keep up the fitness level both physically as well as mentally.

The below picture shows the number of runs that I did in 2019 and 2020. If you look at the pyramid, the smaller runs hold the base of the structure. I haven’t even included many 1km, 2km, 3km and 4km runs that I did. These short runs provide the foundation for longer runs. Key is the consistency in effort.

If you want to start running this year, go slow but steady.

Start your fitness journey from today. Share you experience with you family, friends and colleagues as you start to feel better every day.

So, what are you waiting for! Pick up yourself out of bed and enjoy a glorious run in the morning.

Remember – If you want to run Marathon, take one step at a time.

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Think about experience, not just timing

In this cutthroat competitive world, we are always pushed to complete things before deadline. We’re competing with colleagues to get that promotion, racing against fellow drivers on road to reach the destination faster. This pressure has impacted our peace of mind adversely and we often don’t realize that.

Many people take up running and the pressure to finish the run faster creeps into their mind. They go to practice run and they try to outrun their partner.

You ask few runners, “How was your run today?”. They would most likely to respond saying they finished in certain amount of time. Now it’s not wrong to express it in such a way, but it limits the experience.

Remember that if you want to treat running as your hobby, make it enjoyable and not a pressure game.


You are more Powerful than you think

If you are a book lover, you must read “Connected”. The authors of this book beautifully describe the influence of individuals on their social network. 

When you share a positive news, it spreads through three levels of relationship. E.g. when you tell good news to your friend, he/she shares it with his/her friends and those friends’ share it with their friends. So, the information spreads through three levels at ease. Beyond that level, the impact fades away rapidly making no further impact. 

Same holds true for negative news as well. That’s the reason you may feel happy or sad, when your social network goes through similar emotions. 

When you wake up in the morning and take a glance at the newspaper, there are more chances that you would experience sadness or helplessness (although temporarily) than happiness.

You are more powerful in your social circle than any well known celebrity. 

So, the world where negativity spreads quickly, have faith on yourself. Believe that you can make a difference and impact lot more people than you can ever imagine. 


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