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Friday, April 30, 2010

Race to Which Mountain??

I got this mail few minutes back from one of my best friends, although I don’t have anything against chain mails, but the thing is I don’t read mails that are not intended to be sent just to me. I maybe egotistic but its a personal preference I go by.

Anyways coming to the point, I did open this mail because my friend sent something to me after many months. I really got moved by the content of the mail and hence this post of mine after so many days.

The mail contained:

Speech by Chetan Bhagat at Symbiosis ...must read...

Don't just have career or academic goals. Set goals to give you a balanced, successful life. I use the word balanced before successful. Balanced means ensuring your health, relationships, mental peace are all in good order.

There is no point of getting a promotion on the day of your breakup. There is no fun in driving a car if your back hurts. Shopping is not enjoyable if your mind is full of tensions.

"Life is one of those races in nursery school where you have to run with a marble in a spoon kept in your mouth. If the marble falls, there is no point coming first. Same is with life where health and relationships are the marble. Your striving is only worth it if there is harmony in your life. Else, you may achieve the success, but this spark, this feeling of being excited and alive, will start to die. .......

One thing about nurturing the spark - don't take life seriously. Life is not meant to be taken seriously, as we are really temporary here. We are like a pre-paid card with limited validity. If we are lucky, we may last another 50 years. And 50 years is just 2,500 weekends. Do we really need to get so worked up? ......

It's ok, bunk a few classes, scoring low in couple of papers, goof up a few interviews, take leave from work, fall in love, little fights with your spouse. We are people, not programmed devices........." :)

"Don't be serious, be sincere."!!

While I agree to the fact that life IS a race, but I normally don’t understand where the finish line is. I don’t even get where to stop, or whether can I even stop? I see people running like horses trying to run as fast as they can, and when I ask them, “Where do you wish to go?”, some say, “I don’t know” (those are the persons whom I seriously like), some say “Who cares? If we stop running we will be overtaken!!!”, while some give a very interesting answer, “There is no finish line, its like a race with laps…” (well…… what??)

How often we see people who have lost everything in their life to be ahead in the “rat-race” (and ironical name given for a race between humans)? I have seen people who look for quantity and will settle for a lower quality of everything in their life. I see people who blabber about life as if they know everything about a “perfect life” and when they are asked about the imperfection in their own lives they say, “I don’t have time for that”.

I know I am nobody in this world to make a difference. But I do want to “change”, and “Yes, we can!”, but my point here is that we should probably look for perfection rather than magnanimity in life. As Chetan Bhagat (probably) said in the mail, “we are people, not programmed devices”, we all make mistakes, but ignoring them because you have “something better” to achieve in life, is patently preposterous.

Once in a while we all need to stop, look at where the hell we are, heal bruises and cuts, make a plan and move ahead.

There is no use coming first in a race if you have lost everything else in your life you could have possibly got had you settled for the second-best situation in your life.