I recently saw an ad campaign - "India – 70 not out". Featuring Virat Kohli, speaking to children about how India was going strong as a nation through all our trials and tribulations.
The message struck a chord. India is celebrating its 70th Independence Day. A lot of sacrifices and a lot of hard work has helped us, as a nation, reach here. Wars, social conflict, economic upheavals; our country and our people, have seen it all.
Yet here we are, celebrating our 70th Independence Day as a confident, resurgent nation.
A lot of investment has gone into making our economy, and thus our nation, strong. An investment that started decades ago. The metros, the flyovers, and the airports which we take for granted and often complain about not being perfect are still solving many problems.
They were not constructed in days or months but years. Could it have been done faster? Sure. But we are still making progress, one step at a time.
Millions of people have toiled tirelessly over these 70 years. Investments small then, and perhaps big now, have made our nation capable of standing on its own.
It struck me that what we consider retirement is something like that. Celebrating our life’s story and reflecting on how we have done. Our nation, once considered poor, is now quite well off - and still independent.
Our nation started on uncertain grounds and built its stature over the years by investing in the economy, infrastructure and social systems, to become the powerhouse it is today.
As individuals, we must do the same. Build our financial foundation with whatever we have, however small. All it takes is being regular, and diligent. We can all work towards it so that we too can celebrate our personal 70th independence day with pride, joy, and peace.