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It is 2021. The second year in the Covid-pandemic and working from home has become the norm for most of us.

We are spending more hours hidden in the comfort of our home’s transformed office suites.

A lot of lessons and discoveries come along with this alternative lifestyle, or rather, I believe so.

I am sitting on the balcony of my second-floor apartment after a one our Zoom calls with a client that has somehow left me with a severe headache. I pick my glass of water on the table beside me and gulp down the entire contents, expecting the headache to subside.

Nothing happens.

What a waste!

Headed Down

Meds are not my cup of coffee because I dislike them. Actually, they are my last option after trying all home-made remedies my mind can come up with.

My grandmother always said that pharmaceuticals have lots of chemicals which are harmful to our longevity. She repeatedly said this regarding the downward spiralling of the human life expectancy over the years.

Holding my headphones, I try to figure out if they could cause my headache.


Faulty or low-quality headphones can cause harm to the human body and mind. “But I just bought these headphones a week ago.”I mutter to myself. Unfortunately, I put little attention to specifications in the packaging because all I wanted was a pair of headphones for my Zoom call. That’s all.

My son inquisitively asks, “Mum, do your headphones have noise reduction and noise cancellation properties? How is the sound quality? Are they even durable?”

Give me a break, son!

How on earth am I supposed to know all this? Am not a techie,

I pick the headphones box to check if I could find the specifications my son is talking about.  Inspecting I find-Multimedia Headset Stereo Headphones with a microphone. End of description.

Enough with this headphones saga! I drop the headphones on the table walking away.

Lesson learned

Image by Robin

One of the biggest lessons life has taught me this far is to take nothing for granted. Every passing second of our lives matter. Bumper Sticker said,


“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”


I have also learned that cheap is expensive. The headphones I bought were simply cheap but costly to my health and well-being. You, just like me, need to value the skill of research. If I had taken the time out of my comfort zone to research on good quality headphones that were fairly priced, then I would never have lost my money buying cheap headphones.

Given a choice, choose to be smart, intelligent and honest. These are qualities that will go a long way into improving your life and helping you live a better life.

The key takeaway from this article is that,

Ignorance is an enemy, even to its owner. Knowledge is a friend, even to its hater. Ignorance hates knowledge because it is too pure. Knowledge fears ignorance because it is too sure.-Sri Chinmoy.

P.S-For you to make it achievable, the secret is to know your why and never eat alone.


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