A book that taught me what is love

The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.

– The Notebook

Love..

Whenever i hear this word, the first name that comes to my mind is Noah-Allie.

I will be honest with you guys.. i didn’t really know what love truly is or how it really feels like to be in love until i read The Notebook.

I didn’t plan on falling in love with you and i doubt if you planned on falling in love with me. But once we met, it was clear that neither of us could control what was happening to us.

– The Notebook

From start till end.. it holds your attention and you can’t help but feel a small part of love that Noah and Allie feel for each other.

The story starts with an old man in a hospital who shares thoughts about his life and his beloved. It all starts with a notebook.. a notebook which has captured their memories, their pure, eternal love.

You are the answer to every prayer I’ve offered. You are a song, a dream, a whisper and i dont know how i could have lived without you for as long as i have. I love you Allie, more than you can ever imagine. I always have and i always will.

– The Notebook

Reading that book really made me feel that perhaps there’s nothing better in this world than loving someone with all your heart and soul. There’s nothing as beautiful and as satisfying as loving someone and be loved in return. It taught me what it means to love someone unconditionally with all your heart.

There are so many books written about love, there are also some books that maybe misguide you or plant a wrong idea of love in your mind. For me, reading this book felt like understanding true love.

So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be really hard! We’re gonna have to work at this every day, but i want to do that because i want you. I want all of you. Forever. You and me… Everyday

– The Notebook

I have cried many times while reading the book.. the letters they wrote for each other, the love they have for each other, the way they struggle to be together, all that makes my heart melt.

When you read the book, it just feels right. The way Nicholas Sparks has written it is outstanding!

While reading that i could actually connect to the characters and understand their emotions. That’s the thing about Nicholas Sparks’s books – he tells you everything about the character, you know why he is the way he is and you could really feel him.

You are every reason, every hope and every dream I’ve ever had and no matter what happens to us in future, every day we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours.

– The Notebook

For me, Notebook is the best book on love and romance I’ve read till date. And it will always be special 💖

I haven’t really written a book review before and I don’t know how to articulate a book perfectly but i had to write about this one, because Notebook is ♥️.

I hope you read it at least once in your lifetime and more than that, I hope all of us get to experience love so pure and true.


Have you read The Notebook? Or any other book of Nicholas Sparks?

What’s your favourite quote from the book?

I’d ♥️ to know! 🙂

Is talent all that it takes?

Yesterday i met an old friend of mine. She is an amazing dancer. She has won lots of competitions and performed at many events. Watching her dance is actually a treat. The way her body moves to the rhythm, the way her face expresses the lyrics and the enegry she radiates.. it’s  a beautiful experience.
She is so busy with her shoots these days, i couldn’t help but admire her.

“You are sooo talented! I love to watch you on stage, you just rule the stage girl!”

“Hehe.. thanks! And i am not really sure about the talent thing though”

“What do you mean?” I was surprised. I thought she was too humble to take the credit

“I have practiced a lot you know. I love dance. That’s true. But it didn’t happen overnight. There were times when i had to practice for 6-7 hours a day. I did that for months. That actually got me to where i am today”

Then she told me about her sleepless nights, her struggle to keep up with practice, the frustration and disappointment she experienced in her early days and how she kept going despite of all that.

How easy it is to label someone as talented or gifted and stop wondering how they did it. Instead of actually taking time to understand about their struggle and hardships and sacrifice.

We don’t want to hear about it now, do we?
We like to think of great people as somehow born with greatness and others as not.

Talent is a real thing, true. But many a times effort counts twice.

Angela Duckworth a psychologist, found a very important factor that high achievers have in common, grit.
“Grit is the perseverance and passion towards long term goals. It is about working on something you really care about so much that you’re willing to stay loyal to it. It’s doing what you love, but not just falling in love – staying in love”
– Angela Duckworth

Her studies found that our potential is one thing. What we do with it is another.
She states a very interesting theory which says –
Skill = Talent × effort
Achievement = skill × effort

Here, as we can see, effort literally counts twice.

When asked Will Smith, he put it this way –

“The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is: I am not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be outworked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might even be sexier than me. You might be all of those things. You got me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: you’re getting off first or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple.”
– Will Smith

“The seperation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel, who have dreams, who want to do things. Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft”.
– Will Smith

So maybe what success really needs is effort. Lots of effort.

How can we apply this in our life?
Here are a few suggestions –

1. Stop thinking you’re not talented enough to do a particular task. Maybe if you put in enough effort, you will end up mastering it.

2. Spend more time working on your craft, your skill. Something you want to excel at. Try to get better with each stroke.

3. Stay focused, period. Select one important career goal in your life and stay focused. No switching sides when it gets hard. No changing the lanes when you fail. Stay loyal to your end goal. You might want to find different ways to get there, but stay persistent to achieve your goals.

To be honest, I’m working on the same. Trying to stay focused and devote more time to my work. Let’s get together in this and make it happen.

Cheers to our success! 🙂

Present

Sometimes when i think about future and get scared,

I think about present and thank God

I try not to miss today’s sunshine,

While worrying whether I’ll see it again in future

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