Moments to Arm you for the New Decade

by Mariam Vadria on 22nd March, 2013 at 12:03 PM CEST

I have a theory. A theory which may change the way you think. Leap into the text ahead and take a chance at equipping yourself with wonders to be with you in the next decade. These wonders are neither degrees nor experiences – they are just short and simple moments. 

I was born in an age past antique telephones and black and white televisions. Pentium 1 was the freshest technology. Family sat together for meals and Sweet Valley High series were the epitome of literature for seventy percent of young teens. Women couldn’t work without having a taboo attached to it. And MS DOS was yet to become history.

A quarter-crisis later, I am in a time where I haven’t sat at a desktop since 2 years. Zombies, vampires and wizards have already been admired and abandoned. 9/11’s now a minute example of planned catastrophes. Information sharing is so rapid that people post honeymoon pictures on Facebook even before they’re married.

What will life be like in another quarter years or even a decade?

Will flying cars help reduce traffic on our roads? Will children be given iPads on their 0th birthdays? Will we be able to turn back in time and live with the dinosaurs for real?

No one knows. I don’t even know if the country I am writing this from will survive tomorrow. 2025 is too far away. But then how do we prepare for our futures when we can’t even imagine how life will change? Will Facebook evolve into BrainClone? How will professions be like? And what can we do to make sure we are employed and successful?

And here is where MAND enters - Moments to Arm for the New Decade – my latest brainwork on how we can ensure our performance in the present and future? The preceding paragraphs set the stage for my latest tip wave. But the following are only teasers into what this theory will be and will culminate into. And to add disappointment to your already building anticipation, allow me to honestly accept that I am no fortune-teller. Or even an expert trend analytic. I am only a silent observer with grit to make a difference – a young adult who’s thankful for being in the technology era but scared of what’s going to happen in the future. I am a 25 year old who aspires to keep pace with the fast moving world but acknowledges that all degrees and preparation will if not in 2020, fall short fifty years later.


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And to face this bitter reality with pride, confidence and composure – I present the importance of MAND. This theory states the importance of ‘moments’ in our life – brief, fleeting periods of time, precisely minutes or seconds, where we live through the ‘aha’ moment in any experience. These moments though brief and maybe unnoticeable, teach us intense lessons. And these lessons if realized have the power to shape our personalities, direct our minds and therefore, change our destinies.

Following is a list of 5 incredible but everyday moments which helped me. These moments gave me lessons which I remember sharp and clear. They have become a guiding aid for my actions. They gave me the power to face and move ahead in life. From the lens I wear in 2012, I remember them as:

1. Holding a newborn baby – in the next few minutes of when he is born. The moment taught me that life goes on and hope and life are weapons of mass construction.

2. Seeing a sun rise from the first crack of dawn till when the cars rushed by to work. It taught me the value of time and activity. The value of motion and embracing the day.

3. Playing on a see-saw, especially when I was the heavier one. I could stay up for as long as I wanted, only hitting the ground when I was tired. But was being up while others were below me a moment of happiness? This game during days when I knew nothing about life’s problems entrenched in my memory the lesson of caring, balance and compassion.

4. Being around a 60-year old grandma writing her first status update on Facebook. It is an everyday moment maybe, but have we thought of the thirst for learning it entails?

5. Doing rope gymnastics where the most important ingredient for high performance is jumping at the right nanosecond. That moment teaches the importance of both foresight and taking a leap. 

These were just 5. The proposition of MANDS is to keep expanding this list until it becomes an adequate syllabus to have all our new generation go through. This will be one of the greatest preparations for their future. My question then is not what you think of MANDS, but what your moment is. 

Mariam Vadria - Writers Action Team #9

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Kevin Holder

Kevin Holder

Think each cf member should have a read and pattern there life along this part.

23rd March, 2013 @ 7:15 AM CEST

Mariam Vadria

Mariam Vadria | Action team

Aww Kevin, that's great encouragement :)

23rd March, 2013 @ 8:15 AM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

Awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 very inspiring......

Very Well Done!!

25th March, 2013 @ 12:37 PM CEST

Hitesh Thakkar

Hitesh Thakkar

Cool one ..

26th March, 2013 @ 9:07 PM CEST

Ana Mihajloska

Ana Mihajloska | Action team

Well done, Mariam. We should appreciate all this moments and not take life for granted. Even though sometimes we think we cannot keep up with the fast pace of technology, these things written here will be of great help to remember the real values in life.

31st March, 2013 @ 2:10 PM CEST

Stefan Alievikj

Stefan Alievikj | C:F staff

Outstanding piece of writing Mariam! Hats off!
Each day brings to us little memorable moments. And quite often we lack to observe them with our inner eye.
For me lately, it's always this quiet moment in the mornings before the city awakes (especially now when spring is coming). The light, the sky, the emerging sounds of the first cars in the street. There is a nice quite from Virginia Woolf which catches this moment I am talking about: "It was splendid morning, too. Like the pulse of a perfect heart, life struck straight through the streets." :) It teaches me that life can always start up anew.

4th April, 2013 @ 8:35 PM CEST

Mariam Vadria

Mariam Vadria | Action team

Hitesh and Ana, thank you!
Stefan, your MAND is a superb example - the satisfaction you get and the feeling of 'I Can Influence my Life' during the early morning minutes is unparallel to any other minute of the day. It's also proven scientifically to be the time when your brain works fastest, and memory aid is sharpest too :)

10th April, 2013 @ 10:59 PM CEST

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