First impressions

First impressions generally tend to sway towards extremes of good or bad. You either feel “Wow, he is so awesome!”, or “OMG! She is so beautiful” or “This place is so boring”.

I may be wrong, but this is what I generally experience. And sometimes it is better left at that. Because there is a dark side to everyone, which is better left unexplored.

I also usually have very strong first impressions about people/places/things. And more often than not, it takes a lot of effort to change that.

For eg, if I have a bad first impression about XYZ, it takes my mind a lot of convincing and suppression to accept later on that he is actually quite amicable.

Call me judgemental, but unfortunately (or fortunately), that’s how I work. My emotions are impulsive and rigid. It is hard to change.

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10,000!

Today I’m 10,000 days old on my favourite planet, the Earth.

What kind of weirdo keeps track of such a milestone (if I can call it that), you say? Well I thought that too.

Many months ago, when I was utterly jobless and surfing the net, I chanced upon a site which gave weird stats like this one. I had subconsciously kept a reminder for this day and conveniently forgot about it.

Until today. When my phone beeped to wish me ‘Happy 10,000th day’.

I was like “Huh?”. It took a few seconds for me to completely comprehend what I was reading.

It brought a smile to my face when I thought about my stupid self setting a reminder for this day. Being 10,000 days old is probably not a great achievement. Nothing to celebrate either.

But I already crossed 18. And then 25. Probably the next milestone would be the half-century. Until then I might as well contend myself with an intermediate one. :p

10,000 days on Planet Earth. And what have I achieved thus far? Though not a complete failure, I’m still skeptical about myself. Have I done enough? Have I seen enough? Have I touched enough hearts? Have I actually achieved something?

Maybe yes. Maybe not so much. Either way, I probably have another 10,000 at least (I hope). And I may as well use this day to remind myself to do more, see more, be a better person. After all, what else is life?

Humanity

I work at a teaching hospital in a small district in India. Treating the sick is not only my job, but the kind of humanity that I believe in.

For this week’s photo challenge, I have attempted to put together few photographs of patients that we treated at our hospital. The quality of the photographs may not be all that great, but the satisfaction and happiness that those pictures give is unimaginable.

So here are a few snaps…

1. A 22 year old mother who couldn’t hold back her tears when she saw her child for the first time. Both of them were admitted in different ICUs following a operative misadventure. I was lucky to capture this pic at the right moment.

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2. This young man came with a bad lung infection which was eventually corrected by surgery. This ‘before’ and ‘after’ pic is the fuel that keeps us going. 🙂

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3. This picture shows an 83 year old with his grandson in the background. Neglected at home, this gentleman was brought to us in a very bad state. He had to undergo an amputation of his leg. And this pic was when he was being rehabilitated.

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I could probably go on and on. But each of these people have a story to tell, which is beyond the scope of this post! So, here is a collection of few other favourite patients…

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In response to Weekly Photo Challenge – Humanity

DON(‘t upd)ATE.

The dictionary defines ‘donate’ as ‘to give (money or goods) for a good cause, for example to a charity’.

I wish for all the people to actually understand what that means. Because in the wake of the recent Ice Bucket Challenge, the word seems to have lost its meaning.

Donating for a good cause is a noble deed. Any kind of donation – monetary, social support and even just your time – is valuable.

But, I bet all of you saw (and continue to see) the challenge supporting the ALS group. Donate 100 bucks or save 90, take the challenge and nominate 3 others. The idea in itself, I must say, was quite interesting in that the nomination chain kept continuing ensuring more donations.

Where it got irritating was when facebookers started trolling it and started using it as a joke. It just poked fun on the diseased adding insult to injury.

I am not implying that one disease is more serious and the other is trivial. A disease is a suffering, however less people it may inflict. No arguments there.

But there should certainly be a line, right? I don’t know if it’s just me, but my earnest advice is that if you really want to donate, donate. Not to update your FB status, but for the cause.

Donate. Don’t update.