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The Invisible Bridge

Author: Shreya Volety

There is a bridge across the river. It’s not a long river. But it’s a very long bridge. There is a man standing on the bridge staring at the water. The water isn’t blue or grey or green or any of the fancy colors generally attributed to water. The water is in the color of water. If you’d like me to be more specific, it’s colorless. There is a man standing on the bridge staring at the water. Beside him there is a woman. Beside the woman stands a teenager. Beside the teenager is an old woman. 

There is a man standing on the bridge.

Actually, there are many people standing on the bridge, all in a single file, beside each other.

They’re all silent.

But it is the man who climbs the railing. 

And the other people watch.

It is a long bridge. It is also a wide bridge. Which means that there are people walking by as the man slowly climbs the railing. 

You are standing in the line. Very far away from the man. You are a good person. You are a decent person. You look at all the people walking by and you think incredulously,

“Don’t they SEE?”

“THERE’S A MAN STANDING ON THE RAILING OF A BRIDGE. CAN THEY NOT SEE?”

Apparently they can’t. But you are a good, decent person. You see.

You do, don’t you?

So you make your mind up to go put some sense into the man. And then you freeze. What do you tell him? Your wordlessness paralyzes you. You’ve written and debated all your life. You have challenged people, called them out and you have won. You have always won. 

There’s a man standing on the railing, and you can’t say anything. Because you don’t have anything to say. Because good people are decent. They do well in life, they treat their family right, they exercise every morning, drink enough water, go to good colleges and universities, get good jobs, get promoted, and pay their taxes. Good people talk to a man who is standing on the railing. But you have no words. 

Because good people NEVER stand in the line on a bridge to climb a spot on the railing.

You’re standing in the line. You realize you’re one of them too.

You’re desperate for the others on the bridge to say something.

They’re all silent.

The people continue to walk by.

WHY. DON’T. THEY. SEE.

The man teeters on the edge. And then he climbs down the railing. He swaps places with the woman. They both continue staring at the river. The silence continues. The man drags himself out of the line and joins the rest of the people walking by. But he’ll be back in the line. You’ll see. He always comes back.

The woman climbs the railing. And then she jumps. The silence continues. 

You slip out of the line. You catch up with the man who just left. He sees you. You hold his hand. You are both good people. And continue walking.

WHY DON’T THEY SEE?

They do. But they are already holding hands with someone. They know that good people don’t jump. Until they do. The people walking by are also watching, hoping the next man climbs down. Because when he leaves the line, someone else will come to hold his hand. As you did. And then neither of you will let go and neither of you will join the line again. Hopefully. You can’t be sure. You can never be sure. Then why try?

Because you’re a good person. So you hold his hand and you walk by.

“They say that a person’s personality is the sum of their experiences. But that isn’t true, at least not entirely, because if our past was all that defined us, we’d never be able to put up with ourselves. We need to be allowed to convince ourselves that we’re more than the mistakes we made yesterday. That we are all of our next choices, too, all of our tomorrows.” -Frederick Backman, Anxious People.

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The Hymn of The Phoenix

Poet: Darsh

The warrior trudged along,

On a distant land where he didn’t belong.

There wasn’t any habitation in sight,

Utterly exhausted, yet there was no respite.

The conqueror now felt vulnerable,

The scars of the war had been insufferable.

He couldn’t bear the pain anymore and collapsed,

Pondered that death could be his oasis perhaps.

And lo, he heard a melodious cry

His bosom filled with hope as he gazed towards the sky.

What he saw was a magnificent sight,

As it washed away the dismay of the night.

With her majestic winds spread wide, the Phoenix soared

The lion in his heart thunderously roared.

He arose and looked down at his gashes

The Phoenix was a symbol, beauty can rise from ashes.

A feather of this splendid creature lingered in the air,

He replaced the helmet’s plume with this emblem of forthcoming flair.

He walked for several miles only to find his city razed by fire,

With this newly found strength being his ally, he rose to become the King of the greatest Empire.

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15 Things To Remember When You Are Feeling Down

Author: Manya Prasad

Do you sometimes feel like you don’t belong, or you have been given a membership to a club you don’t belong in? These 15 things will help you feel more at ease with yourself. Here is something that will help you feel better when you don’t feel good enough.  

Number 15: You not the only one who feels like this

You are not the only one who has felt like a fraud, everyone at times feels like they are not good enough. Moreover, it’s alright to feel this way. Sometimes there are going to be people better than you. It doesn’t mean that you are to be valued less.

Number 14: Your mind is a good deceiver

Sometimes the only person who thinks you are not good enough is you. Be careful of this line of thinking, it can be a very treacherous path to take. When you start thinking like this, remember to re-check the facts your brain is feeding you; it might be all lies.

Number 13: Talk to someone

Find someone to share your feelings with. It can be anyone you trust. It can be a friend, a teacher, a parent or a sibling. Make sure it is someone who will not judge. 

Number 12: Find your unique quality

When you are feeling overwhelmed by your thoughts of insufficiency and being snowballed into your thoughts of despair, remember to find something unique about yourself, and find the one thing you are doing good at.

Number 11: Think about your positive memories

Take out your phone and note down all your positive memories. Even add the times you didn’t feel good enough but did something to improve things. Think about all the times you did feel good enough, and hold down that feeling. Whenever you feel your confidence drop, think about these times.

Number 10: Understand the difference between real and reel

Everybody posts their best lives on Instagram, most of the time everything posted is not even completely true. It is a very twisted and beautified version of real life. Comparing your real life to someone’s reel life is pointless. Their own life is probably not that good.

Number 9: Accept your past 

Before you think about your present or plan for your future, do remember to deal with your past feelings. Sometimes destructive emotions from your past can wreck your present.

Number 8: Make someone else happy

Sometimes making other people happy or feel good can do wonders for your mood. Give a genuine compliment to someone, offer your help, even if it is unasked for. It will definitely make you feel better about yourself.

Number 7:  Pen it down

Sometimes we are unable to vent out our emotions or talk to someone else about it. It is a good thing to write it all down. Get all the swirling thoughts out of your head and onto a paper. Along with venting,  it also helps you untangle all your feelings and problems, and look for their solutions.

Number 6: Don’t be mean to yourself 

Don’t beat yourself up, there are more productive ways to handle feeling unimportant and unwanted. Remember to channel these feelings more productively. Try to use these emotions to do better in your chosen field.

Number 5: Failure is important

Something important to acknowledge is that failure is very important in life. So when things seem to go wrong, remember that maybe all it is doing is teaching you a lesson. So that when bigger things come your way, life becomes easier and you don’t make the same mistakes.

Number 4:  You don’t need everyone’s approval

Most of the time, the opinions of a third person tend to destroy our self-esteem. When this happens remember we cannot please each person we meet. Be careful about whose opinion you give value to.

Number 3: You are still trying

Most important thing is to remember that the only thing that matters is that you are still standing your ground. The fact that you are still trying is impressive. In bad times remember that trying is better than losing and more beautiful than winning.

Number 2: Everybody compares themselves

When you feel like everybody is doing better than you, there is a chance that people are comparing themselves to you and feeling inferior. Nobody is the best and there is always someone better. Healthy competition is good but doesn’t let it make you feel inferior.

Number 1: Nobody is perfect

While you pressurise yourself into feeling perfect, just remember that nobody is perfect. So when you feel like picking at all your flaws, remember that everyone has flaws.