Team Super60 insists us to learn as well as share things with others to create a ripple effect. The week 1 sessions were like a kick start to our long journey in the Super’60. With the learnings and experiences from the week 1 sessions, we moved on to the week 2 sessions with the thirst for more knowledge. Even though the sessions are conducted in online mode, we managed to establish a friendly bond amongst ourselves.
Day 5: Poem Naan
The session was handled by Ms. Shobana Kumar – Poet, Author, S60 Mentor, Founder of Small Differences. The very first topic that we learned there was ‘Socratic Dialogue’. We shared our thought on the topic, then we moved on to the main activity of the day. Ms. Shobana presented us a poem named ‘Naan – I’ written by the famous Tamil poetBharathiyar. In that poem Bharathiyar gave various definition for the word ‘Naan – I’. We were given the task to find out what the poet is meaning in each lines and stanzas.
The poet defined ‘Naan – I’ as,
• Birds, Animals, Trees, Wind, Water, and Oceans.
• Stars, Vastness, Worms, and Living beings in the Sea.
• Kamban’s (A poet) verses, Painting by every artist, Places, Temple tower, and Beautiful towns.
• Music, Happiness, Cunningness, and Courage.
• Origin of prayers, Movement in all moving things, creator of knowledge, Shastras, and Vedas.
• Creator of Worlds, the reason for their movement, Powerful moments, cause of all the things monitored.
In the end, the poet says that ‘Naan – I’ is the illusion of ‘Naan – I’. Then he proceeds that ‘Naan – I’ is the one that travels in the path of wisdom and all the creations on earth. He concludes that ‘Naan – I’ is the unifying light of knowledge.
Everyone shared distinct meaning for each line of the poem. That made us to open up and lead us to think out of the box. Everyone had different perspective on the word ‘Naan – I’. At the end of the day, this activity changed the way we look thing in around us in the world.
Wisdom begins in wonder.
Day 6: Coping with Situation
The Session started with Ms. Seema – S60 Mentor, a positive woman who spreads positive vibes everywhere she goes. She taught us about the techniques and effectiveness of coping with situation. She listed the five major components of coping with situation which drives our life. They are physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual. It will take a lot of effort to acquire these components in our life. We should have a holistic approach to attain them. Coping is a continuous effort to meet the demands of life, to solve the problems on our own, to keep ourselves motivated in a daily basis.
Physical and coping:
Physical coping mainly focuses on physical health, abilities, balanced diet, and appearance. We mostly face physical issues like tiredness, laziness, completion, obesity etc., All we need to have is self-awareness to overcome this problem. We must create a new habits and hobbies. We must involve ourselves in regular exercises and diet. Most importantly sometimes it is worth to wake up early. Nothing comes in a single day; yes, great things take time. But the important thing is we have start working on it, not to complete the checklist for our day but for our life and health
Emotional and Coping:
Understanding our emotions is very important as it plays a stronger role in our life. The five emotions we usually have are happy, sad, anger, disgust, and fear. We must talk about our mental health to cope with it. Opening up about our mental illness will allow us to express how we truly feel, and it gives others a chance to help us by guiding us through the difficult times. Having empty mind is dangerous engage yourself with a new habit, practice emotional mapping and journal your emotions. Have a regular check with your emotions. The goal is not to rid of all our negative thoughts and feelings, that is impossible. The goal is to change our response to them.
Social and coping:
Social coping deals with community, family, social responsibilities, and social relationships. Social problems which are commonly observed are lack of interest to contribute society, interpersonal relationship, intrapersonal relationship, and lack of interest in addressing social issues. Having positive perspective on society, social awareness, developing interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships are some of the ways to cope with it.
Intellectual and coping:
It focuses on having intellectually sound perspective, ability to understand facts and ability to seek for intellectual development. Distraction, lack of interest to seek knowledge and blinding through false story are some of the problems we face. We must develop analytical and logical thinking. We must engage ourselves with a healthy habit to cope with it.
Analyze and accept the situation, do not hesitate to seek for help, be a good observer, develop some new skills and keep your goals stronger and work on it regularly.
Coping is not a Quality but a Skill! Build it up!
Day 7: Fitness & Exercises
It is important to maintain our physical health to lead a healthy life. Now days the youngsters are very careless about their physical health. The habit of waking up early in the morning has been decreased a lot in them. To help us to maintain a proper physical health Mr. Ravindran – Kraft’s Fitness Instructor, handled us a fitness session at the early morning. We did stretches and some warmup exercises. Then we moved on to basic full body exercise which included leg raise, squats, pushups, lunges, bicycle crunches, plank, jumping jacks, and standing calf raise. Finally, we ended our exercise with few stretches. The exercises we performed gave us a fresh start to begin our day.
All progress takes place outside the comfort zone
Day 8: SWOT
Strength Weakness Opportunities Threats Analysis is generally done by Companies for their business development. As an individual by doing this, we will get a clear idea for our personal development. Dr. Mary Cherian – Head of KCTBS,coordinated this session. We were split into random groups and were given the task to discuss about our strength and weakness. Strength is about what we are good at. It can be our Skills, Talents, Personality, Achievements, and the People that can help us. Weakness is the things that we are not good enough, the things to be improved, Mental blocks, Missing skills, and Personality. With those strengths, what we could do that we are not doing already is called as Opportunities. It can be Future studies, Higher Education, or career. Threats are the things that could stop us from doing the things that we want. It can be obstacles, accidents, peer pressure or drugs. If we could clearly analyze these things, we can develop our future event better. From the discussion we find out more interesting about ourselves. Dr. Mary concluded the session by saying that when others criticize about our weaknesses, we must not take the emotions of the criticism. Rather we should work on the things that we are missing and turn those weakness into strength.
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths.
Syed Masood T S
3rd Year Aeronautical Engineering