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Last month, when I visited a pet shop, I met my fifth-grade friend.
He was surprised to know that I gave up on writing. “You were working on a novel, right? Why the hell did you stop it?”
“You know,” I said, “It’s bigger than we can perceive, the world of publishers, readers. And I feel like a sand grain.”

It’s not really easy. Especially to chase your dreams.
The worst thing about Dreaming Big is that they make us feel so small.
But my friend denied, “Bro, you shouldn’t give up.”
“Why don’t you write a book and prove me wrong,” I said.
He didn’t answer. Maybe because I had a point. Or maybe because he felt that I’m out of ‘convincing-band’. “So, what are you up to? I mean in the pet shop.” He asked. The disappointment on his face was clear.
“I’m buying a pet bird.”
“Which one?”
“That black one. It looks cute.”

I always have an affinity for tiny birds for their overloaded cuteness and the sounds they make every morning. I was lately depressed with my writing-renunciation and needed something to cheer me up. Google suggested me to have a pet. Just to make me feel better.
The bird which I bought was the size of my fist. Its feathers are fragile, beak soft and body hollow. I grabbed it in my palms and fed the pet-stuff.




Stepping out of the pet-shop, “The bird looks weak,” I said my friend, caressing on its head.
“But, I never thought you’d give up on writing,” he said—back to the same topic.
I understand it’s difficult to convince someone to believe in what you believe is right. Because they aren’t walking your way.
“I know, giving up hurts. But you need to get this point. Dreams are like clouds hanging up in the sky, they look tiny when we look up. But when we plunge to take a flight, only then, we realize how big they are and how small we are.”
He was about to reply when the bird in my hands slipped.

Before we realized, the tiny pet bird flew away. We raised our heads helplessly staring at the bird flapping wings against the clouds. It looked weak, feathers fragile, beak soft and body hollow. That moment, looking up at the bird, I looked down to myself.

The bird was small, but it didn’t accept its smallness. That’s what it taught me, slapping with its wings. Birds know how big the clouds are but they don’t know how small they are. And even when they know how small they are, they don’t believe in it. True size of someone is the size they think they are.

I’m small, not because I’m small, but because I think I’m small. And when I do think, my big dreams scare me. Everyone has a dream, but how many of them really end up living the life of their dreams? The reason is that we doubt. We doubt What we can do.




I always considered the sand grains on the shore as weakness. But they have survived a million tides of the infinite ocean. Yet, they stick to the ground. What kind of strength does a sand grain have to face the ocean? What kind of strength does a bird have to face the clouds? Their strength isn’t in their bodies. It is in their hearts.

True incapability of a man is that he fails to believe that he’s capable. That’s what makes all the difference.

The world might be big. The dreams might be big. But so should be our belief in ourselves.

“Damn, that escaped,” my friend shouted, “shall we complain about it in the pet shop?”
“Let it fly,” I said.
“But you wanted a pet, to drive your depression. Isn’t it?”
“Not now.”
“Why?”
I said, “I can’t explain. I’ve to go home. I left my novel incomplete.”

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From Author’s Desk:

How often do we notice the little creatures around us doing things which are unimaginably big for them? What we can do is independent of our size, our muscles, our past, our problems and our every-damn-excuse. It only depends on one thing: The belief that we have in ourselves.
If you think you can do it. You can do it!

Next time when you are giving reasons for chasing your big dreams, look at a flying bird.

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Think about it

Share it with those who doubt their potential and needs motivation. Help your self. Help others. 

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Speak your mind !

  1. Shashikala
    Jun 18, 2018

    Superb vinay this is charging for all mind mobiles.I was low energy now fully charged my body and mind.thank you very much

    Reply
    • Vinay Pittampally
      Jun 24, 2018

      Thanks so much. Glad that motivated you. Keep reading 🙂

      Reply
  2. Neha metla
    Jun 18, 2018

    Wow.!

    Reply
    • Vinay Pittampally
      Jun 24, 2018

      Thank you 🙂

      Reply
  3. Sindhura
    Jun 18, 2018

    It’s soo beautiful.. how you write very deep thoughts with the simple examples around us.. your writing makes everything around us so inspiring and beautiful.

    Reply
    • Vinay Pittampally
      Jun 24, 2018

      I love the compliment 😀 Thank you !

      Reply
  4. P.Shashi Teja
    Jun 18, 2018

    Superb Vinay,it was awesome and also a very true lesson for everyone before they say their Damn….. Causes for their dreams.
    Even I realise after reading this.
    Keep going on vinay,come forward with many more works like this.WISH U GOOD LUCK.

    Reply
    • Vinay Pittampally
      Jun 24, 2018

      Glad that you liked it. Thank you Bro 🙂

      Reply
  5. Shivani
    Jun 18, 2018

    Why to live life less ordinary…. “if we are a dreamer and can dream big”…. The most important thing is to remember that it has no termination….. Thank you for reminding that with each article of yours!!!

    Reply
    • Vinay Pittampally
      Jun 24, 2018

      Exactly. Keep dreaming big. Thank you 😀

      Reply
  6. Deepika
    Jun 18, 2018

    Awsum one……

    Reply
    • Vinay Pittampally
      Jun 24, 2018

      Thank you 😀

      Reply
  7. Niha
    Jun 19, 2018

    Such a wonderful comparison…..:)

    Reply
    • Vinay Pittampally
      Jun 24, 2018

      Thanks for that 🙂

      Reply
  8. M. Mahendhar Reddy
    Jun 19, 2018

    Vinay your writing is very good.. keep it up.. believe your thoughts.. believe your strengths.. you can rock it..

    Reply
    • Vinay Pittampally
      Jun 24, 2018

      Yes, I will. Thank you sir 🙂

      Reply
  9. Niha
    Jun 19, 2018

    What a neat comparison…

    Reply
    • Vinay Pittampally
      Jun 24, 2018

      Thank you Niha 🙂

      Reply
  10. Rishita Reddy
    Jul 08, 2018

    Yes Vinay. What you’ve said is true. You address the sensibilities so well. The whole problem lies in our inappropriate belief system.

    Reply
    • Vinay Pittampally
      Jul 08, 2018

      Thank you Rishita. Yes, consequently we forget what we can really do. 🙂

      Reply
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