There’s no better time to do what you love doing than now!
Removing someone’s name from your contacts database because the person has passed on is a difficult thing to do. I had to do it today.
My dear friend S.Sriram, formerly the Executive Director of Great Lakes Institute of Management (GLIM) and the co-founder of customer delight measurement firm Cloudcherry, passed away last evening. I have known Sriram only in the last five years but we have been very good friends since. When he heard my story (‘Fall Like A Rose Petal’, Westland), he invited me and Vaani to share our Life lessons with his students at GLIM. A few months after he set up Cloudcherry we met for coffee and he told me why he chose to take the plunge as an entrepreneur: “I realize I am not going to be around forever. I always wanted to be an entrepreneur. And when the Cloudcherry idea and opportunity came up, I said that I had to go ahead and do it. It was either now or never.” Those words came to my mind this morning when I heard of his passing from another good friend, Kiruba Shankar’s Facebook post.
I am sure there will be several people who will have their own anecdotes to share on how Sriram touched their lives. But Sriram’s reasoning for joining the entrepreneur bandwagon offers a teachable point of view. I think Sriram’s Life’s message invites all of us to pause and ask ourselves some serious questions: Am I enjoying what I am doing? Must I postpone what I love doing? Since I know I cannot live forever, must I not make an earnest attempt to live the Life that I want to live – now? Following your bliss basically means making an informed choice based on your answers to these questions. I am happy for Sriram that he did follow his bliss even if it was for just around two+ years. And that’s what all of us must do.
Your lifespan is continuously shrinking. It is oozing away every moment. So, seize what you have left of it. Now! Go follow your bliss – and live the Life you want to!