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“Passion” has become a buzz word these days. So many books I’ve read give this advice: “find your passion or be passionate about what you do, and only then true happiness and success will follow.”

But I sincerely fail to understand what exactly is passion? Literally, it means an unending or boundless energy or a driving force for something.

So, what’s my passion? Honestly, I don’t know. I am yet to find that one thing to which I can devote my entire life. Until then, I am going to try and explore everything possible. As Paul Beaver has said –

Life is short. The world is big. It awaits your exploration. If you’re not living on the edge, you’re just taking up way too much space.

That is why, I am committing myself to this blog – Life Beyond Usual. So, what’s this all about? Read on!

Hike to Mt. Bromo, an active volcano in Java, Indonesia
Hike to Mt. Bromo, an active volcano in Java, Indonesia – Finding adventure everywhere I go!
What is Life Beyond Usual?

I lived a typical normal life – school, college, office, work, marriage. As I was approaching 30, I introspected my life (probably my “mid-life crises”) and realized that life indeed is very short and I didn’t want to wait – to settle, to have enough money, to have some free time – to do all the lovely things I have ever dreamt of. The best time is NOW!!

In this blog, I intend to document my experiences while exploring my life and trying to find ways of living life beyond usual. The objective is not only to share the knowledge which I acquire in the process but, hopefully, to find my “passion;” and even if I don’t find it, the journey would still be full of surprises and a life well lived.

Brisbane, Australia - Layover is a great way to explore a new city.
Brisbane, Australia – Layover is a great way to explore a new city
Why going public?

You may think, “she can do whatever she wants; what’s the point of blabbering it to public in social media.” I get it. I used to be the last person to post updates on any social media platform as I always gave preference to my privacy. However, seeing the struggles of my peers and friends, I felt compelled to share the little things I did, which made me immensely happy and satisfied with my life.

So, the main reason for going public about my journey is two-fold – one, to be held accountable, and two, to show different facets of life. By sharing my journey, I intend to give some courage to people to look beyond the usual life and live every moment fully.

The Gibbon Experience, Laos
The Gibbon Experience, Laos – Can’t imagine my life without the taste of some adventure !!
What to expect in Life Beyond Usual?

What to expect in this blog? Well, typically it is said to have a niche; but, I simply love doing so many things that I cannot choose just one among them. So, instead, I am going to cover all the stuff I do while exploring my life. Still, you can expect about –

Travel

I have been travelling solo full time since 2017. In fact, I was crazy enough to leave my well-paying secured full-time job as a legal advisor to pursue my dream of solo backpacking out of India for months together. So, I will be sharing my travel experiences about places, people and cultures. I am a slow-paced traveler who generally explores off-beaten places (though not always) with lots of adventure activities.

Hoi An, Vietnam - Being a local at the vibrant night market.
Hoi An, Vietnam – Being a local at the vibrant night market
Fitness and Sports

Since I have keen interest in outdoor activities and you could find me monkeying around more often, I will also share my experience with general fitness. Being an Ironman 70.3 finisher (triathlon comprising of 1.9km swim, 90km cycling and 21km running) and an aspiring full Ironman triathlete, I would also be documenting my Ironman journey. But trust me, I have a mouth full of sweet tooth, so the struggle is real !!

Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship
Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship at Bahrain – One of the things that changed me as a person, for good !
Sarees and beyond

Okay, this one is quite different from the other two topics. The only reason why I chose to write about it is that – I simply LOVE sarees. Although for today’s generation a saree is reserved for special family occasions, I am a monkey who grew up admiring her mother draped in sarees 24×7, which made me fall in love with those six yards of sheer elegance.

So, I have a soft corner for handloom, saree draping styles, anything handmade and sustainable fashion. In fact, I have undertaken #100sareepact to be more faithful towards my love for sarees and increase my knowledge about them.

Apart from the above broad topics, I might cover anything under the sun – anything I may find interesting – like lifestyle, food, books, relationships, fashion, handicraft, etc; after all it’s my blog and this is my take on things and life – he he he 🙂

Life Beyond Usual - Travel and Saree
All set to embark on my backpacking trip to offbeat areas of North-West Kashmir, India
Come and be part of my journey!

In the end, I would like to quote one of my favourite passages from Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl that totally resonated with me and forced me to introspect my life –

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a world, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.

Life is so much more beyond studying, getting good grades, securing a job, getting married, having kids, and then taking care of your family; of course, all this is part of life, but not the only part.

So here I am, trying to find my “Life Beyond Usual” and to paint my life with as many colors as possible; whatever might be the result, it is still going to be a colorful art!!

If you are interested in knowing more about my journey, do check out featured section of the blog.

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