The last thing that the Indians were expecting amid this global pandemic was the death of the young and talented actor- Sushant Singh Rajput. Almost all the hashtags trending on twitter were talking about this awful news. Reports claim that he was in depression for the last six months. Another gem lost! The announcement was disheartening, but what more shocking was that he committed suicide! Perhaps anyone who has ever seen him on any television show or award functions would have noticed how positive and vibrant he was. There wasn’t even a trace of stress on his face. What further ironic was that he starred in movies like “Chhichhore” and “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story” which were all about never losing hope, never giving up, and dealing with failures and yet…
Some people say things like- ‘Only cowards commit suicide’ or ‘People who commit suicide are selfish; they didn’t think about their families and loved ones.’ I mean, seriously? Try to think it in this way- if there is a certain weight in the gym. You have to lift it. The whole world is also saying that you have to lift it. You also know the perfect technique to lift that weight. But that weight is way more than your maximum weight lifting capacity. You tried, and you failed to lift it. What will you call that person? A coward? Selfish? Did he do wrong? Well, there is no right and wrong in it. He couldn’t lift it simply because he lacked the strength to lift it. He was not capable, and hence he had no other choice.
Today for most of us, it’s shocking news perhaps because we are still on the highs (or not so lows) of the roller coaster that life is. And that’s why we are putting WhatsApp and Instagram statuses, telling us why we should never give up, and if anyone experiences any such feeling, they can speak to us, etc. But, Sushant must be knowing all this, isn’t it? The movie ‘Chhichhore’ depicted the story of a child who attempted suicide in which Sushant himself delivers these lines-
(“Everybody has plans on what to do after success, but nobody wants to talk about what to do if by chance failure comes in the way”)
Then why? Every one of us is desperate to find the reason for his taking such a big step. We don’t understand the cause yet, or a better word would be ‘stimulus.’ We don’t know the stimulus yet, but with a little thinking, we can see that we know the reason that was triggered by that unknown stimulus.
If I had to cut it short and say one word, I would say- power. Not physical, but emotional power or soul power whatever we name it. I think it’s time that we start taking emotional well being as responsibly as we take physical well being and mental well being. We saw how a particular physical strength is required to lift the physical weights. With the same analogy, we can easily see that there is an emotional weight, too, and to deal with that, we need a certain amount of emotional strength. The healthier you are, the more comfortable you play with the emotional weights in life. But easier said than done, right? Maybe or maybe not. It’s not about how easy it is; it’s more about how important it is.
One more thing that we may confuse is that we have to be more reliable when the situation already comes in. But, you won’t be suddenly stronger through any miracle. It’s how you took care of your body and the height of strength to which you raised your body to for all those years, which determines the maximum weight that you could lift when the pressure comes. Now, let us ask ourselves this- how many of us are doing something on regular days (when life is going smooth) for increasing our emotional strength?
(“We have entangled ourselves so much in winning and losing, success and failure that we have forgotten to live life. If there is anything most important in life, it’s life itself in the first place”)
I hope we all learn from what happened and what has been happening. Let us all promise to work on our emotional strength from now onward. Watch motivational videos, gain pure and divine knowledge, read positive books, be happy, and spread happiness. Let us try to be in a better state of mind than we were in yesterday. Let us help everyone around who are maybe not so strong and are struggling with their weights. Let’s make it easier for them by empowering them. If even one person after reading this feels uplifted, a little more positive, and a bit more hopeful, then I believe this long post was worth it.
Rest in peace, Sushant!
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