I begin this week’s episode with my own little essay about what it takes to move through a mid- life crisis … and what the ‘life lesson’ potential is of such time. Interestingly, I compare my own five year journey back to serenity – and beyond – with that of my father, who went through a similar letting go in his fifties.
And why do I focus on life lessons? Because, hey, that’s what it’s all about … right? Hence my invitation for the following guest.
Deepak Ramola is a 25-year- old Indian with an intense passion for learning. Particularly, he loves those little lessons in life that are so critical … and that we learn from our fellow common man, not from great pundits.
Indeed, some may say such lessons are the very purpose of life. Over the last eight years, Deepak has collected more than 65,000 of them.
After working extensively with the Indian school system to gather lessons, he developed a way to share them through interactive learning experiences – so many people could learn from one person’s experience.
Now he speaks to all manner of people, “from ages five to 100,” as he puts it. And his website shares a TedX talk that summarizes just why these lessons may be important. Our conversation was fun, energizing and very deep at the same time. I loved this chat and I hope you do, too.
From Deepak I learned:
- How his completely uneducated mother inspired him with her own life wisdom
- How he had to trick people into giving him life lessons
- How to share life lessons with teenagers so they stay interested
- Patterns he’s noticed in life lessons
- The surprising common theme to many life lessons (it’s not about love!)
- How he, himself, has been changed by listening to so many life lessons
- The greatest lesson Deepak has taken from all of this
- This is a particular meaty interview. Enjoy!
Deepak Ramola is Founder, Artistic Director of Project Fuel.
Project FUEL collects life lessons from people all over the world and turns them into interactive and performance activities, to pass on the learnings. The passing on happens by way of workshops, seminars, and sometimes even over coffee.
Every life is important and so is what each person’s life teaches them. At FUEL, life lessons are continuously collected, documented, thought about deeply and then turned into performance activities. This ensures that you don’t just hear someone’s lesson in words but experience it tangibly, and apply it practically in your own life. The organization seeks to build a community of young adults who live, learn and share in order to make meaningful psycho-social and emotional contribution to their lives, and the society at large.
A life lesson that comes to us from another human being can shine light on the understanding of our own life. Hence the name FUEL, which stands for Forward the Understanding of Every Life Lesson.
Won’t you please let us know in a review on iTunes how you liked this episode? Thanks so very much!
Are you a listener of Suzanne Falter’s Before the Afterlife Podcast?
We welcome you into the Before the Afterlife Facebook Group! This is a place where you can discuss your thoughts and feelings after listening each new episode or really at any time you feel so inclined! We want to make this a relaxed hangout and a safe space where you can share your hopes and fears, lessons and questions, cravings and frustrations. Join here.