How to live your Best Life : lockdown perspective
Riya Yadav, INN/Gwalior, @infodeaofficial
Chance the Rapper’s introduction to Cardi B’s 2018 track, Best Life goes like this: I am living my best life/made a couple of Ms with my best friends/ Turned all my Ls into lessons.
And while chance may be aces at spitting rhymes, we are still not sure if the tune captures the essence of what it truly means to live your best life. However, in the face of a pandemic, and with Mental health emerging as a crisis in these times.
You would think “living your best life” is a no – brainer. You start by talking about the unique difficulties life has sent your way, you throw in some detail about how you were defeated by them for a long time, and then you proclaim how, despite all odds, you managed to triumph over said difficulties with a swift kick in you know what” and live the sort of happy, carefree life most people can only dream of.
You would think it is a no brainer, but turns out, it is not. If Instagram is to be believed, living your best life involves a lot of expensive travel, walking barefoot in the sand at sunset, and copious amounts of avocado toast.
But, if you were to strip away those unrealistic, airbrushed filters, what does living your best life actually mean?
Written by Shaheen Bhatt – I have lived with depression since I was a teenager and my life did follow a similar pattern to the one I previously illustrated. The adversity that life threw at me was a chronic mental illness that started at a young age.
And for a long time, that very illness defeated and consumed me. It colored every occurrence in my life, prevented me from seizing many wonderful opportunities, and having some essential experiences.
The fact is that there is no one size fits all definition for living your best life. That’s because of how incredibly persona