Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Let's make a mistake, let's fail

When we look at our bygone years, we often say, 'Well, I am wiser now, I will not be repeating those mistakes'. But, do we ever say, 'Good that I made that mistake, I am wiser now because of it'. 

As clich├ęd as the saying might be, it is also true - We learn from our mistakes. Yes, we all do, however, how many of us are really ready to make a mistake? How many of us could say, 'Let's do it, let's take the risk, I might be making a huge mistake, I may fail, but who cares, I would not know if it would be a mistake if I don't do it at the first place!' 

We live our lives conditioned around so many factors - our family, peers, friends, society et al. There aren't any scope for mistakes, for failures, we want to blend in and not stand out. So, everyone is taught how to run the race and try and stay ahead of everyone else. Fun part is, this race never ends, we just keep running. And, then we stumble, just like everyone else. That's when we realise we have made a mistake, which could cost us the race.

Something else also hits us hard at that moment. No one had taught us to fail, everyone had only asked us to succeed. There wasn't a manual that told us that failure is also a part of life, that we do make mistakes and yes, it is 'ok' to make them as well. 

This flaw in the system did not help me either.

When I faced my first failure, I was dazed. I sat bruised and tired on that racing track watching everyone zipping past me without even giving me a glance. And, that’s when I did something I never thought I would do. I tightened my laces, got up, brushed the dust away, took a deep breath and started running again. But, this time, towards the opposite end. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Some things that make life worth it

Life could be harsh, but at times some things make it worth going through the trite of 'living' it.

  1. A rainy Sunday evening spent with your favorite yellowed book, earmarked at several places, reading it again brought different emotions & perspective that you did not feel the first time you read it. 
  2. A long-forgotten song that suddenly plays in the car radio while you are stressed out to reach to your next meeting on time, bringing the deluge of memories you shared with your friends in school/college never worrying about a dime in the world.
  3. A tenner in your jeans pocket that had been washed & ironed, & you find it just when you are short of a tenner.
  4. A poem you wrote when you were a starry-eyed young-thing & loved all that you wrote, & discover it just when you had edited your article for the nth time & still think it's not making the 'cut'.
  5. A discolored picture from your childhood with you posing a silly face, that makes you do a reality check on how conscious you get these days to put a profile pic or getting tagged by someone.
  6. An unexpected call from a friend you had been thinking to call for long, to share some silly nothingness about life.
  7. A smile from a stranger that makes you smile back instinctively, despite the fact that you just had a bitter fight & it hurt like hell.
  8. An answer to a curious kid, solving his science query, that makes him lap it like a magical solution, as you wonder why you could no longer answer your questions so easily.
  9. A gooey romantic fantasy movie that keeps the fairy-tale alive, despite so many relationships crumbling like a house of cards. 
  10. A long walk on the grass (barefoot) that soothes your soul, just when nothing seems to be in order. 

Somehow, life makes sense, doesn't it? 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Forever

It's not black, Nor is white
Definitely not the shade of gray
No blues, no reds, no yellows either
The myriad color that makes us - us
Are colors that are beyond this realm

Let us bathe, You and I
In an ocean that is deep within
Tide-less and clear
The crystal water, shines
As the sun sets in it

Where is that life we seek so much?
Where is that place we dream in dreams?
Where is that where,
Where it holds it all -
The dreams, the colors, the water that gives life?

Some say within, Some say above
Some say beyond this world you'll find
I say, why not now I get
What I want for
Now and beyond...