Combating various insecurities

Quite often, we find our brain being blitzed by a barrage of baleful insecurities. It could be the physical, financial, mental, social insecurities, and not to discount, the intellectual insecurities, too. Interestingly, we humans are immensely adept at inventing incredible ways of insulating ourselves against the assault of these innumerable insecurities.

To begin with, let us consider the physical insecurities. Here, the insecurity happens to be two-pronged – one related with physical appearance and the other with our physical health. To tackle the former insecurity, we are ever busy titivating our looks by togging up in trendy apparels/ accessories, thereby spending a fortune on beauty products/ treatments. Incidentally, this looks-related insecurity is seen more pronounced among film glitterati, catwalk models and other celebs of the glitz and glam world. Now, to deal with physical health-related insecurity, we turn into fitness fiends, frittering away big bucks on gymming, medical checkups, etc, besides sticking to stringent diet regimes by stoking ourselves up with all health foods, fortified by high nutrients. And, to battle the mental health-linked insecurities, we painstakingly try practising stress-busting yogic techniques, dovetailed with relaxing and meditation sessions.

Next, to tackle financial insecurity, well, we Indians are simply the veterans when it comes to scrimping, saving and squirreling wealth that would last for generations! We squander surplus money in stockpiling several goods and chattels, lands and such other properties, feeling it’d pre-empt the possibility of plunging into pathetic financial crunch in future. To counter the social insecurity, with singular efforts, we try sealing bonds with several friends/ relatives, throwing sporadic parties, just to remain socially connected, thus keeping the fears of solitary existence at bay. And, with family, we keep embarking on frequent fun-outings, to fend off those emotional insecurities of family bonds going fragile due to scarce interaction. Finally, it’s about countering the intellectual insecurities.

Sadly, bracketing exceptions, this is the place where we, at times, fail to battle successfully! For instance, let us consider the intellectual insecurity felt by some folks at their workplaces. To vanquish this insecurity, instead of equipping themselves with more work-related knowledge/ skills, they either try resorting to taking short-cut routes to success-destination by devious means, or, to hitch themselves up the success ladder, they just try thwarting others’ success by indulging in smear campaigns, tarnishing the professional image of their possible contenders. Well, instead of descending down to these despicable means to attain success, if only we develop that indefatigable zest to learn and work diligently, with undiluted passion, focus and sincerity, maybe we’d witness all the intellectual insecurities in us getting fully obliterated within a jiffy.

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