Our life entails us running about from one place to another, doing work, running errands, doing favors, meeting deadlines, schedules, meetings appointments…..
The list never seems to get over. From the moment we open our eyes in the morning to the second we lie down on our bed again to sleep, our mind keeps running around. Making timetables, trying to stay two steps ahead of life. Sometimes our “hecticness” doesn’t even leave us alone in our dreams, tormenting us and leaving us with anxiety attacks. We never think to stop in our tracks for a moment, not even a split second to ask ourselves what it is that we are running towards. Because a split second of contemplation is all it takes for us to realise the futility of our hectic cramped lives.
You ask yourself, why am I so busy, what will I get from rushing through life? And your heart or your mind will fail to conjure up an answer. Because the truth is we rush through our lives without knowing why or where. We just do. Often people argue that there will be peace in the end that rushing through life right now will take you faster towards your life’s bigger picture. But what if there is no bigger picture in the end? Or what if, when you reach the end and you turn around and see that the bigger picture is the life you lead with all the things that made you feel alive and happy. And you realize that your big picture is just a blank screen, because in the hurry to get there you forgot to enjoy your life.
We often forget that we were given this life to live. And yes things do often get out of hand, tough and stressful, but that doesn’t mean we forget to live life. We should capture those little moments, those memories that make up our lifetime. Just the other day I was watching the movie Knight and Day in which the character June states that “It’s the little things that matter” and I realized just how profound and true that dialogue is.
Even now when you look back on the life you have lead so far, it’s those little things that you recollect and put a smile on your face. Be it the relaxing cup of hot chocolate at the end of a tiring day, getting wet in the unexpected rain shower and the hot cup of tea later, impromptu midnight plans with your friends, the late night phone calls and gossips. Even simple things like feeling the blast of cold wind on your face early in the morning, smell of the wet earth after rains, feel of the steaming hot water bath that relaxes your muscles or the smell of a new book. Each of these little things can give you so much joy. You only need to wait for a moment and feel it in.
Next time instead of putting in that extra hour in the office, go home to your family or just call up a few friends and spend time with them. Because whether you like it or not your life is passing by, and it isn’t slowing down to take your hectic life into consideration. Take that vacation you’ve always been wanting to. Join that cooking class that you wanted, but always put off. Stuck in traffic? Instead of getting frustrated and irritated, put on your favourite song and sing at the top of your voice and head bang along with it. Busy rushing to work early in the morning, instead of feeling grumpy because of the lack of sleep you got, just pause for a moment and feel the warmth of the sun on your face.
Appreciate these little things and feel them, because these little things are what make up our life. And few years down the line when you look back you aren’t going to remember your pay check, or the extra work hours. It’s the little memories that will keep you company so make sure you make enough of them. We spend our entire life waiting for the right moment, the right moment to start living life, to do the things we always wanted. And we spend our life in waiting; not realizing that our life is right here, right now, in this moment. All we need to do is grab it. When you do even the smallest thing can give you enough joy.
We spend our time obsessing over the wrong things, and giving value to all the wrong stuff. We let life get the better of us. And it’s often too late when we realize these things. But the truth is, we always knew these things, we just choose to ignore it believing we still had a lot of time. Life is short, and we’re all going to die, so why not make the most of the time we’ve got. Instead of stressing out, enjoy more. Do those things that make you happy rather than wasting time on doing things that frustrate you. Cease the moment and enjoy the little things.
Nothing sums it up better than this quote from The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
“I know these will all be stories someday and our pictures will become old photographs. But right now, in this moment, I swear we are infinite.”