From A Person To An Individual

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We all learned what History and Science taught us that man is a social animal
but why it was called one… we got to know this year. This year when the
lockdown was imposed on us, and we all were confined in our home. We were
unable to travel and move around as we usually did, at the start, everything
seemed to be fine, but as the time passed and lockdown got extended the

theory of man being a social animal kicked in, as everyone had an urge to get
out, move around, meet friends and relatives, go to restaurants and return to
the normal routine which we previously found monotonous and boring. Isn’t it
ironic, it only took a few days to make us fall in love with the daily routine
which we previously used to hate? Students missed schools and colleges,
employees missed travelling to their offices, people complaining about trains
and traffics missed going out.


Lockdown indeed changed a lot from our routine and about the way we see
things. Employees working from offices are now working from home whereas
students are attending schools and colleges from home, people realized the
real value of trains and public transport, lives of Doctor and Policemen turned
upside down. Despite the world being on hold all the changes occurred which
makes it clear that life moves on, regardless of whatever happens humans
move on by adapting to situations and continue to progress.


Lockdown indeed changed a lot from our routine and about the way we see
things. Employees working from offices are now working from home whereas
students are attending schools and colleges from home, people realized the
real value of trains and public transport, lives of Doctor and Policemen turned
upside down. Despite the world being on hold all the changes occurred which
makes it clear that life moves on, regardless of whatever happens humans
move on by adapting to situations and continue to progress.

In this very race of adapting, connecting, and progressing we tend to forget the
most important connection we ought to make…. a connection with Ourselves.
We forget that we are individuals first and then a person. From the whole
lifespan it is only twice that a person is an individual- (1) when it is born and
second is at the time of death. Just after birth the baby’s transformation from
an individual to a person begins as it falls in the web of relations. From
someone’s child to a friend to an adult to a lover to a parent till becoming a
grandparent we connect and make relations with a lot of people and in the
midst of all the connection we tend to lose our own self. It is only on the
deathbed that a person becomes an individual again as at that time it has
nothing to do with the people in the world or with the people, he made
relations with.

The main difference between an individual and a person is that a person is
identified by the relations he has made with other people or things. The
moment we start identifying ourselves with somebody or something our
journey of becoming a person from an individual begins, the identification is
not one or two but many. As one gets stuck in the complex web of
identifications, he loses the sense of individuality and becomes a person. A
person is a mess which lacks clarity, as a personality is made up of several traits
it’s never clear and can be broken down and analysed but beneath the
complex layers of personality lies an individual which is crystal clear as it is not
identified with any being or thing and thus it cannot be broken down. Thus, a
baby is born an individual but later it is primed to be a person. As it grows, the
environment around the child enforces it to become a more complex person.
Once an individual becomes a person there is no looking back, due to the
society and the fast life there is no time to even think about the fundamental
self beneath ourselves.
In my opinion, 2020 is not a bad year, after all the facts say that this year
halted the whole world’s development but it is also a fact that this year also
gave us an opportunity to disconnect with the outside world and connect to
ourselves, reboot our whole system, discover our own self and start the things
which were not done due to the stressful life. Moreover, break the crutches of
being a person and start the journey of becoming an Individual again.

Now the question arises- “Why is it important to be an individual?”

The answer to this question lies with everyone. We just need to have a stable
mind to acknowledge it. Think about your problems, imagine your experiences

of your failure, recollect what people around you said when you failed and
think how you felt that time. It is an experience any person would like to
forget. But now think why did you feel bad when they spoke bad things about
you or discouraged you? Aren’t you aware of your capabilities? If yes, then
why did you experience such feelings? This is because you are a person who
identifies your success according to people around you. If you were an
individual who is connected to self, you would not need anyone else’s opinion
be it good or bad to measure your own success.

It is said in the Bhagavad Gita that “He who keeps his mind stable be it in
happiness or in sorrows is called an Ideal man.” and for anyone who wishes to
reach this level, it is very much important to become an individual. In order to
reach this point one must start meditation, one can also start by reading holy
books and gain knowledge given in them, if not this then the least one could
do is to inculcate discipline and get control over their senses either by fasting
or giving up unnecessary materialistic things. The path is tough and may seem
unrealistic, but remember back in 1950 going to the moon was also seen as
tough and unrealistic but the man with its mind achieved it, Whereas, for this
one, we only have to take a peek inside ourselves.
So, let us make this Lockdown a Countdown to our development towards our
self and begin our journey from being a person to an individual.

Author-

Krutik Shah is a passionate writer who is a Mental health advocate, NLP practitioner, Life Coach, Handwriting, and Signature analyst.

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