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Why not..?

March 18, 2009

When we were kids we were not afraid to ask why not. We painted the apple purple and asked why not it looks pretty this way. But then we were told it is not the way. It is to be red as it is always red.

We have always been told not to do something that way as it is not the regular way of doing it, and not because it was not the right way. And we follow blindly. Not for once we think what happens if we don’t do it so, if we do it our own way.

What is the right way? All ways that get you to your goal without being illegal are right ways. We just have to find out what those are for us, in our particular case. We curb our imagination as we grow up, as we find out what is the regular way of doing things. We see everyone mechanically performing their assigned tasks for life, and follow their lead. We are afraid to ask why not..?

Everyone is stuck in life. Everyone faces daily life problems which can have some solutions, but we rarely dare to take those paths and keep asking why me. That is not getting anyone anywhere. Thinking out of the box is the way to get ahead. When everyone is looking west you look in north or south or east and find new ways. Do not ask ‘why ‘or ‘why me’, ask ‘why not’. Create new ways for yourself.

Every new day just pushes your creativity in life. I know.. It might seem weird. If you say a painter, composer, writer or journalist or people in advertising have to deal with creativity in daily life everyone will agree. They do. And so do teachers, lawyers, pediatricians, technicians, homemakers and so on…

Creativity need not mean actually making or doing something new, something no one has done before. It can also mean doing some regular thing which everyone does; which even you do normally in a new way. That also needs creativity.

Everyone has to find new ways of performing the routine to make it interesting. And when we fail to do that life becomes dull, boring, and mundane. So the key to interesting life or atleast keeping it better than routine is asking yourself ‘why not’.

Make some small changes in your life and it will lead to a great difference.

It need not be something big or outrageous. It can be as simple as taking a new road to the office, talking to a colleague you never normally interact with, solving a crossword, trying a new falvour of ice-cream, or wearing the dress you bought thinking it would look good on you and never tried again. Even these small things make a difference in the day. And when there is some little thing new or different everyday, life starts to seem different.

And this newness gives us something positive to look forward to the next day. And when we wake up every morning to ‘do’ something, we actually end up ‘doing’ something good; after all we did wake up on a positive note for that day. And because we did something good we feel great and want to do even better the next day. So you get a good night’s peaceful sleep thinking of the better tomorrow.

This goes on till it becomes a self repeating cycle.

Good mornings… good days… Great nights.

22 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2009 1:13 pm

    Very very true!


  2. March 18, 2009 5:32 pm

    Why not is a great question to ask.

    About trying out something new, I am always game 🙂

    that is really good 🙂

  3. March 18, 2009 6:13 pm

    ”When we were kids we were not afraid to ask why not. We painted the apple purple and asked why not it looks pretty this way. But then we were told it is not the way. It is to be red as it is always red.”

    *sigh*this is something I have to keep reminding parents of my students..

    beautifully said Oorja!
    This is so true!
    Without creativity nothing is possible..

    really we need to teach adults that sometimes ‘wrong’ is also ‘right’.. 🙂

  4. March 19, 2009 3:17 am

    makes sense .. we just stop asking the Whys after a point !! Curiosity never killed the cat ..

    we learm a lot more while asking ‘why not’.. 🙂

  5. Solilo permalink
    March 19, 2009 5:52 am

    One thing I like US education system esp. in smaller grades is because of this. Children are encouraged to ask ‘Why’ and ‘How’ and if I compare my daughter with me at her age then she knows a lot more than my bookish knowledge at that age.

    that is good.. we must encourage that all around the globe..

    kids generally are curious about everything and ask a lot many questions it is the parents who must answer them properly to keep this curious learning spirit alive.

  6. March 19, 2009 7:19 am

    Completely agree with you… and am one who keeps bugging people with my questions.. most of which go unanswered, but that hasnt deterred me!!! 😀

    why not indeed!! 🙂

    keep going.. 😉

  7. March 19, 2009 7:26 am

    Very rightly said…We actually stopped asking why not after being adults coz of fear of giving impression of ignorant..

    yes that’s true..

  8. March 19, 2009 9:21 am

    yeh to hai we tell kids so much that they lose the creativity, ability or the motivation to think for themselves…

    and start thinking like adults..

  9. March 19, 2009 2:59 pm

    Hi Oorja,

    You are tagged here.

  10. March 19, 2009 3:04 pm

    How very true! Life’s fun when the same plain things are done in unique ways. It’s more fun when we come out of the shell and explore things.And as you said anything constructive keeps us occupied and positive:)

    A good post there!

    and i’ll do the tag.. as many as possible. it is too many questions.. 🙂

  11. March 19, 2009 5:07 pm

    very true indeed
    i dont want to lose my creativity because in that case i will lose touch with life and with my inner self and than there will be no difference between me and the machines which have been mechanized to perform certain jobs
    purple apple.ahhhhh… will it taste ????? 😛 😛

    Use your Imagination.. 😉

    hey how are the exams going on.. how many left?

  12. March 19, 2009 8:20 pm

    Your post was inspiring to me in the morning to consider a solution that is off the beaten track 🙂

    One is glad to be of service.. 🙂

  13. March 19, 2009 8:36 pm

    I do a lot of Why nots, but just with myself ! 😀

    why not share them with the world… 😉

  14. March 21, 2009 10:30 am

    they ended today itself 😛
    ah… dont ask how they went
    …..because now i will tell you only the result (if it is worth telling ) 😛

    ah.. now there’s a free bird… 🙂

  15. March 21, 2009 6:02 pm

    So true!!!

    Our lifestyle is such that we stick to routines and get bored so easily and as u have said doing things differently can make a hell lot of difference….

    🙂 a very well written post 🙂

    thanks.. 🙂

  16. March 22, 2009 3:41 am

    Just like what vimal said..i used to do a lot of why not’s but to myself..didn’t bother to share 😛

    your post made me do some introspection..good one 🙂

    we all do that.. due to many different reasons..

  17. March 22, 2009 8:59 am

    yup creativity 😉


  18. March 22, 2009 12:41 pm

    great, uplifting post! 🙂


  19. March 22, 2009 6:03 pm

    yes… correct…
    we are being mechanical and it is taking us nowhere…
    I feel the two key-words to look for are:
    1) Out-of-the-box thinking
    2) Innovation
    Both sound so similar, but there are subtle differences…

    yes and that works in every field of life.

  20. Chirag Chamoli permalink
    March 23, 2009 10:19 am

    Hi came, here from Vishu’s blog.

    Well ya, the creatively is ruthlessly killed in small kids, and we are taught respect the conformance. sadly, and we all grow out of creativity.

    That’s why I always watch the apple add and keep my self out of the conformance 🙂

    Welcome here.. 🙂

    i’ll surely watch it.

  21. May 19, 2009 9:30 pm

    By far, your best post! Inspiring!

    thank you.. 🙂


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