“My dad always used to say, ‘Be competent in whatever you do, don’t worry about the result, be it marks, money or whatever’. I sincerely believe that curiosity is maybe the best thing which can happen to a person. I used to be a very inquisitive kid from 5 to 15. I regret losing that kind of curiosity in life now. I have come so deep in my comfort zone that I lost that ability of mine.
“My dad came to Japan last month. While leaving, he said to me, ‘You were so energetic when you were new here; you used to love photography’ and so on. Now every Saturday, he asks me has there been any update – any new thing I’m trying, am I being proactive enough to meet people outside my circle, is there something new I learnt at work, etcetera.
“Now I have been making conscious efforts to go out and meet new people, I am crashing at random people’s parties, chilling out with friends and most importantly have resumed taking more and more photos around Tokyo.
“As cliche as it may sound, but there is a line from the movie The Intern which really resonates with me: ‘You are never wrong to do the right thing.'”
By Arpit Jain