Turning 31; Still No Clue

Akash Nair M S
4 min readMay 18, 2023
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Well, ever since I turned 27, I have tried to share my learnings from the past year on my birthday. Below are my learnings from the last year:

  1. Easiest way to excite your inner child is a ball pit. For a couple of months in 2022 I had worked at an afterschool setup over the weekends, and I would witness the joy every kid displayed when they played in the ball pit; I sensed the excitement and sheer joy to jump into the pit amongst the parents too.
  2. We are all united by our paranoia for checking if we’re on mute in a meeting.
  3. If you’ve decision fatigue when it comes to deciding on a gift, order an Amazon gift card
  4. Travel pillows actually go front.
  5. There is no other source of confidence other than a positive feedback cycle. I feel this is much more a sustainable option than fake it till you make it.
  6. Shampoos that don’t lather are like people who work in silence.
  7. If you’re a man that helps around, don’t make a big deal out of it.
  8. You’ll always be toxic for someone.
  9. The YouTube influencer who asks you not to watch his videos after a certain point is like the doctor who doesn’t want you to visit them.
  10. Be polarizing — don’t tiptoe. In our attempts to impress people, we tend to be diplomatic and don’t speak out in support of a particular side. When you are your genuine self, either people hate you or adore you; there is no moderation.
  11. When you threaten to make a move till you count to three, always strike before 3. Always nice to catch someone off guard. This is the lesson I picked up from the tv series Reacher.
  12. Sleeping butt naked is freedom at another level.
  13. Men and women aren’t the same. It is a simpleton’s way of enforcing equality. Men and women should be entitled to the same rights and same opportunities. That’s the message to push forward.
  14. If you’ve a long beard, and you decide to wear a mask and a fedora, dogs will bark at you.
  15. Few months ago, I stumbled on a video about a Hindu priest who does wildlife photography, and my biggest takeaway — a true wildlife photographer is the one who captures without disturbing the scene and…

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