I know someone, who at the ripe age of ninety-seven, bedridden with a urine catheter stuck up his non-existent outlet, barely managing to walk, holding a walker with trembling hands, and having suffered fourteen minor and major surgeries to his credit – envisaged to be the Tendulkar and hit a century of years. It is called the gusto to living – but is this living? Is it all that matters? – A bogus fact for cheers – Hey, look! I am alive.
No wonder it is not in one’s hands, but indeed living can’t be just grumbling, breathing, eating and purging out.
There has to be a purpose to survive, a reason to exist, a self-explanation –” why are you depleting the natural resources and becoming a burden on the earth if you can’t contribute anything?”
I may sound harsh and pitiless – but, is it just the living that matters? There has to be a purpose to live – and if you ARE surviving, then do find a motive to be inhaling while depleting the oxygen resources.
‘Make your presence a reason of pride, not a burden of regret.’
The supreme gift of survival is the capability to give, receive and even lose love. So live to your best, and don’t waste the valuable moments that have been bestowed upon you. The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were proposed to be.
I hate and thoroughly detest people who say – “ Waqt Kaat Rahe Hain.” – “ Dekho Kab Tak Gaadi Chalati Hai.” it is not the time that you are consuming – the time is actually consuming you.
We have to be aware of the reserves we possess – the riches of our intellect, treasures of our emotions, assets of our passions and the tremendous capability to make a difference in the environment and people around us. We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are aware of our richness and emotional affluence. I pity those who are alive but don’t touch the marvel of being alive.
But, I am alive – because it is all that matters . . . What a joke!
“The truth is I love being alive – and I love feeling free. So, if I can’t have those things, then I feel like a caged animal, and I’d rather not be in a cage – and it’s real simple, and I think it is not that uncommon.” ANGELINA JOLIE.
Physical misery and disease are ordained and not in our hands – you may be a health freak following the best Gym schedules and diet patterns and maybe equally protective about accidents and mishaps. But if you have to tumble down the stairs and break your hip—you have no control over that, it was destined . . . kay sera sera….. BUT, indeed, you have control over your emotions and about life’s perspective. Try to be alive wholly with all your energies and might. Play with your feelings as they have been gifted to you.
LAUGH to your fullest so that the neighbour gets envied of your happiness.
Get ANGRY with so much wrath that the person facing the brunt starts to tremble.
LOVE with all your might that the loved one melts and succumbs into your emotional juices.
Try to be alive – put life in your survival – YOU WILL SOON BE DEAD, anyway.
My father was a fashion freak. I still envy his dressing style and living. The latest imported Levis and Ralph Lauren jeans and ensemble ordained his ( Bhanmati Ka Pitara ) closet. After his death, we discovered brand new tagged clothes that were yet to see the light of the day. I don’t know for what occasion were these commodities treasured. My ‘Phoren’ settled brothers kept stuffing his never-ending desires to have more.
We keep stuffing for THE OCCASION – that never comes…sad. Don’t you think that being alive is a special occasion? Why are you living if you keep postponing consuming the goodies for the right moment? Appreciate every day your being alive because you don’t treasure that many people don’t ever get to experience life for long.
My dear sister Dr KUMKUM MEHROTRA puts her thoughts decently – “ If you live your passions and express your thoughts, you are truly blessed souls. Being into one’s own world is not being selfish; it’s an achievement, and in spirituality, it’s called –‘Mansa Sewa’—the number one service. Creating this kind of passion and vibration is sustaining the universe with the automatic flow of ENERGIES.”
We talk of death as the greatest loss. I totally disagree with this notion. When you die, you are gone in space – how can it be your loss? You are now alive in the eternal world with no unhappiness or prejudice. The tear jerkers mourn your death for a while, then get busy with their life.
‘The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.’ – the irony is that we have to mourn ourselves for this loss – no one can help us. Really! – and for once, stop worrying – ‘Nobody gets out of this world alive.’
The key to happiness while being alive is to feel – “I am happy . . . I have air in my lungs . . . love in my heart, and peace in my soul. I am blessed with the world’s best being offered to me.
I hate the lyrics of the famous Mukesh old melody – “ Zinda Hoon Is Tarah Ki Game Zindagi Nahi . . . Jalta Hua Diya Hoon Magar Roshini Nahi” . . . ufffff, too much of negativity…. Isn’t it?