A Not-so-Equal & Opposite Reaction – Part 2: A Letter to the Person who was Taught by “People who Didn’t Want to do Anything”

Readers, in case you don’t enjoy this as much as the other posts, I apologize. This is exactly what I wanted to tell the concerned person. I couldn’t have said it any different if I truly wanted to empty my mind.


Dear Person,

Well, I might not have enjoyed the time I worked at your company but I did find you a wonderful boss to work with. It’s a pity you had to ruin it all right now, right when I was about to leave with a good picture of you. Of course, I’m sure my dislike won’t affect you or your business. I’m just telling you what I have in mind, what I want to tell you.. The effect it may or may not have is irrelevant to me.

Getting to the point, so you tell me, “People who don’t want to do anything, teach.” And you couldn’t really give an explanation for that. Were you just trying to discourage me and make me see how I should be in your company if “I want to do something?” Or were you genuinely voicing your thoughts? Either way, I’m sorry to tell you, it was very stupid of you to say something like that, especially being someone so intelligent  and understanding. I’ve lost all the admiration and respect I had for you, which probably won’t matter to you.

Anyway, I’ve noticed that you speak very good English. I suppose some poor soul who didn’t want to do anything must have taught you the ABCDs…and then, grammar and how to string words into sentences correctly & coherently. Oh, and surely, there must have been so many other people in your life who didn’t want to do anything…People who wanted to do nothing but the worthless job of teaching you subjects like Maths, Science, History and many more. And, yeah, none of that is probably of use to you right now. I mean, who cares how to multiply when you have accountants to do it for you; why would you care to know if the Earth is round or if it revolves around the Sun; why bother knowing what/who made your country what it is now… Why would you care about the lot of other stuff that these people taught you?

I think I totally see your point. Who would take up a job like teaching except people who don’t want to do anything? Who else would be jobless enough to sit and teach kids just so they can be something in life, like you became?

Oh, and your children are probably being taught by a bunch of people who don’t want to do anything. Don’t you think that would be horrible – being taught by people who are aimless, who find joy in doing something so worthless? I’m sure your children probably want to be something in life…and they should definitely be taught by someone like you, who is something. But then, how could you teach? You aren’t one of those people who don’t want to do anything. Ah, well, who needs teaching anyway, right? Your children probably won’t.

I could go on like this, trying to (sarcastically) put across how some teacher(s) must have contributed to what you are today…how you could have ended up being nothing, how your children are also dependent on a bunch of teachers to become something in life. Someday, you’re going to realize it and I hope time helps you to correct your thought. Not just because I’m going to be one of those people, but because when you say something like that, you are insulting and degrading the teachers who took the effort to teach you just so that you could be something in life while they remain the same. And yes, you’re insulting yourself. Teachers might seem weird (who else would spend their lives helping others to be successful and stay in the same position themselves). But that definitely does not make them people who don’t want to do anything.

Best of luck for the life ahead. Hope it brings you more success and better realizations.


Yours sincerely,


Never Plan Too Much!

Never plan too much about anything. I think that’s something I should have learnt long back. But seems like I’m still in the process of accepting it as a valuable lesson for life. Guess what? I’m at Merlin’s place right now. I didn’t want to go home, so came over to her place. On the way, she mentioned about how this must be like a second home to me, considering the many times I’ve been here. 🙂 And yes, it is so much like a second home to me. Even though her relatives may not be very familiar with me, I’m more than comfortable with her family; I feel so much at home over here. So, it’s no wonder that I seem to have words pouring out of my ‘fingers’…

Well, so…I have this super-bad headache. Don’t know why. But to add to it, there are a couple of issues that have come up. Like some plans being ruined, guess I mentioned that yesterday. I’m all muddled up right now because of the issues running around in my head. It bugs me like hell when things go wrong, like way too wrong. I can accept some deviations, some unexpected surprises/shocks…but not too much of it. I just hope I find some way out of this mess. There’s so many places I need to go to/be at, which includes my exams, vacating from the hostel,  a cousin’s marriage and an important interview!! And I’m trying hard to squeeze in everything as best as I can. It just gets to my nerves when dates get rescheduled and I have to change the whole plan…especially when I don’t have enough time for anything to be postponed.

By the way, I’ll be going home soon…and when I say home, I mean ‘home’…like home home! That’s Ras-Al-Khaimah (an Emirate in UAE, not very fast-paced like Dubai but beautiful and awesome enough for my taste). That is the place I call home, in the true sense of the word. And I’ll be flying off to RAK soon, probably by the end of this month. 😀 I think that is the only thing I’m happy about, right now. Like, really happy…like, my only spot of sunshine! 🙂 Looking forward to it! I can’t wait to get there…I can already feel the familiar heat of April, the smell of the desert all around, see the barren trees everywhere… (inspite of seeing so many lush green trees out here, I still miss the sight of those bare, dry trees for some reason…probably because they symbolize home, for me). So, the thought of being back there, with my family, in a place where I belong, is what drives me on right now. 🙂

So, I guess I’ll just pull myself together and go on, trusting that whatever happens will be for good! Good day to you all! 🙂

P.S: These are a couple of photos I loved, from the day out with friends.

LOVE this pic! 🙂


We were laughing at some random stupid comment...and this was clicked unexpectedly...Yet this happens to be my top fav, because of the wide smiles on everyone's face! 🙂


Lucky Seven Meme

This week, I was ‘chosen’ (couldn’t think of another word :)) for the Lucky Seven Meme by mywithershins – a great blog with such a lot of creative thoughts and writings. The rules of the Lucky Seven Meme are:

1. Go to page 77 of your current manuscript or work in progress

2. Go to line 7

3. Copy down the next 7 lines – sentences or paragraphs as they are written.  No cheating!

4. Tag 7 authors and let them know.

Since I don’t have any Works-In-Progress at the moment, I thought I would write out one of my poems. 🙂 It’s not exactly the best of my work or anything, just the 7th poem in my diary (trying to keep with the rules as much as possible :D). So, here goes.

Enlightening Lessons

I was always searching

for that soul who would complete me,

that soul who would add meaning

to my very existence.

I have come a long way.

And now, I realize

you never find love;

love finds you.

There is no perfect person

who can fill in every void in life.

All you find in life

is love that can

make the void seem trivial.

You learn to love,

and then understand that

you cannot find anyone perfect;

love makes them perfect for you.

Just close your eyes,

open your heart, and

let love happen.

And now, for the tags…I don’t think I can manage to find 7 fellow bloggers who write…like, write write. So, here are a few.




Joanna K Neilson