My Story: The Best Life Advice I Ever Received Was From Death Itself – Hira Mehta

The Best Life Advice I Ever Received , Hira Mehta

Each of us has, at some point in time in our lives, received life advice from our personal life coaches – parents, siblings, teachers, mentors, kids, the vegetable vendor or the stranger sitting on the adjacent seat on the flight. Something that moved you, changed you or made a difference to your perspective forever. India Pages brings to you these slices of life, shared by people from all walks of life … Writers, Photographers, Artists, Television Producers, Hands-on mommies, Entrepreneurs, and Engineers …. Meet Hira Mehta

Live Life To Its Fullest Till Death Comes Knocking

It was just an ordinary day at work and I got this fateful call that death had stolen my mom. It was an unfortunate accident that took her away. The untimely death of mom’s unfulfilled dreams changed my outlook on life. It was then that I realized that there was so much I wanted to do because my mom could not do half of what she had actually spoken to us about.

I remember I had gone to visit her just two days before she left us. I always used to do that. I often popped in to have breakfast with mom and then would take a bus to work. At my workplace, we had lost four colleagues in accidents and she was upset hearing this. I can still see her standing on the steps in the light blue dress hugging me goodbye asking me to drive safely always. Two days later, she was no more and then came that bolt out of the blue just a month later. There I was a winner of a free airline ticket to Amsterdam. All alone on a 22 day trip to Europe, when I went up the Alps, I knew in my heart that it was my crazy mom who had engineered this and seeing it all through me. After all, it was she who had wanted to see the Alps, not me!!

I decided that enough was enough and I had to live life with no regrets. After all, I wanted to stand before God at the end of my days and say ‘I used up all the talent that you gave me’ and so at the age of 48, I signed up for a 1-year diploma in event management and that experience made me want to learn more and so I took a course in RJing. Of course, I knew nobody was going to give me a job because sadly age is and always will be an issue and there are not many out there who believe otherwise, despite all the tall claims that are made.

Besides, I believed that not everything we learn needs to get monetized because it does anyways – in our hearts and souls. Today, I have a short stories book published, have acted in few short films, written and directed a three-minute short film on social causes. I make friends wherever I go and keep them too. I trouble friends to get me on the sets of dance reality shows that I adore. I pretty much land up everywhere my heart desires.

These days I am a freelancer in writing, acting, blogging, volunteering and I am doing things I never did before, learning more and more each day. All thanks to death, who took my mom and in turn my mom who taught me to look up at the sky and see the always changing art forms that God creates with clouds to tell us that there is so much more if you just look for it. I am living each day and seizing every crazy opportunity that comes my way- probably living two lives now. Yes, I am also
living the life my mom wanted to live. Much as I hate you for taking my mom away, thank you dear death for teaching me to live life to its fullest till you come knocking!

About Hira Mehta

An effective administrator & communicator with 38 yrs of experience as Manager, Corp.Comm, ICICI Bank. She holds an event management diploma from NIEM and certificate in Voice over & Dubbing from Sugar Mediaz. Her short stories collection book”Twisted Tales and More”is available on Amazon/Flipkart. Her directorial entry at the YES Foundation’s YIAC 101-Hour Social Filmmaking Challenge-Sept 2016 was ranked amongst the top 10 films. Hira Mehta is also Hon. Secretary and founder member of “Arunima” women’s forum, created to interact and actively address and create awareness on various issues concerning women. Hosts events the last big event being UMANG 2017 for Silver Innings.Has been invited as a speaker to various forums to inspire through her experiences on living a fruitful life as a senior. She has mentored the Fellow Designates of YES FOUNDATION Media for Social Change Fellowship on communication skills in 2016 and 2017.Concluded Voice Industry Blogs for Sugar Mediaz on various topics concerning the industry, including a Blog post ‘crossleggedwithhiramehta‘. Core team member – stage mgmt & event flow in-charge of ‘Be Happy’, community togetherness initiative in Lokhandwala Complex wherein residents take over their streets every 3rd Sunday of the month.  At present, Hira Mehta is a freelance blogger, story/scriptwriter, host, actor, proofreader, transcriber, and interviewer.

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