It's the ultimate number. It comes before everyone else. It is the leader and is vested the powers of leading the group.
When your holidays were just One day away, the thoughts of a long drawn summer vacation would have excited you. And when you just have One more hour of work to go prior to heading home on a Friday evening, the promise of an upcoming weekend must have fired you to do that extra bit at work.
When an upcoming trip to home is just One day away, you would feel exhilarated. And When you are One day from a big day in your life, be it your graduation or your marriage, the experience of feeling a different mix of emotions would be held close to your heart forever.
I wonder what goes through a lady's mind One day before she gives birth to her child. The pride in her mind for nurturing a soul in her body for a long nine months, and the happiness and change the child would bring in her life would fulfill her.
Don't you desire to be number One in everything that you do? As a child, be it sports or studies or extra curricular activities, it was the desire to be number One that motivated the children.
You were told to run a race hard, or build that extra bit of stamina - so that it could take you past the winning post, before anyone else. Digging into the books for a couple of extra hours, or investing some more time in understanding the text would make you excel in studies. It could propel you to be the topper of your class.
When it came to work, we did the same. We put in our best. We put in extra hours, and what not. Doing all this, we were told, would help us be Number One.
Or so you were told. And wondering why to take a risk with so much at stake, we did what was told to us. And to look at ourselves today in the mirror, do we really think we are Number One?
If I could sample a 100 people and put the above mentioned circumstances, and ask them to reflect on their current life, what would be their answer? I can say it with confidence - 100 on 100 people would say they are not Number One.
However, there are a few things where we are Numero Uno's - always. For our parents, we are Number One. Come what may, no one can push us down that pedestal. And for the love of our life, we are more than Number One. They hold us aloft, and hold us in high esteem - forever.
So what makes someone Number One? Nothing. No One can be Number One.
But don't be disheartened. Because being Number One is not a destination. It's a journey. A journey to be cherished for the pleasure if offers on the way.
And there is life beyond One. A happy vacation, an upcoming weekend, a wonderful forthcoming trip, sharing your life with your love, and bringing up the child all epitomize this point.
When we have convinced ourselves that this is a fulfilling journey, we will stop looking for the target and instead focus on the hazy milestones that need to be be won on the way.
Being Number One is a passe. Instead, start on a journey towards being Number One - forever.
|Being Number One is a Journey|