Make every moment count: Are you ready for it?!


Golden rules often serve as a grim reminder and hammer us on the head now and then. It takes the form of a precious stone and a close chum that we have neglected and long forgotten as we snuggle in our personal comfort and busy in the routine existence.  A simple question: Have we forgotten how to live every second of life?

It’s my home truth, I am not pushing myself out of my comfort zone to stand on the cliff’s edge. I don’t know about you. But, aware I am of not being alone and hold your breath, this post is not a personal rant. I dare you not to avoid reading this post calling off the bullshit or gyaan yours truly is doling out. First, he should practice what he preach. Indeed, it’s what I am doing right now.

There has been a slew of terrible news in my surrounding since last week and I couldn’t buckle my mind to do stuff. It’s a question that has occupied my grey cell and couldn’t evade the thoughts raging in the mind like steamy water in the kettle.

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There was someone whom I knew during my school days and who succumbed to a brain tumor last week. He was an accomplished lawyer and still remember the triumphant face when he was a topper in his 12th standard. On Saturday, another bad news came where my aunt (Chachi) died at 78. What saddened me the most is the fact that she was pushed off the staircase by some thief who robbed her gold necklace and when she tripped on the stairs, her head took a hit.  She stayed in the coma for 15 days. And to think that the ever smiling and gentle lady didn’t die of illness and was an independent someone who actively took care of her house and grandchildren. It makes me shudder. Just today, I hear that a 26-year-old doctor suffered a massive heart attack in the bathroom and collapsed.

There is no certainty to life. Being 37 or 26 is no age to die, so many of us would concur. At the same time, no death can be justified, young or old. But, destiny doesn’t thrive on our reasoning. Are we doing enough or living life, taking care of every single moment or breathing free? We can never know what will happen tomorrow. Slogging our ass has become an art nowadays to pay bills, procreate or settle this home or car loan. Honestly speaking, I cannot claim that I make every moment count in life.

It’s on rare occasion that I meet friends, forget about partying or going on an adventure trek. It’s been ages that I haven’t gone on a date that I have forgotten how it looks.  The birthday is no reason to cheer and serves an ugly reminder, ‘You are aging and not doing enough.’ Honestly, I freak out when the birthday comes. I don’t get BPL…Bump pe Laath, anymore. My hair and beard have grown grey. The way I’ve seen the past decade, from the blissful college days, to love and break up, amazing friends, job, frustration, idleness, out of work and again an amazing job has flitted right in front of my eye. Who knows? I may not live in the next second. Tears of regret before I breathe my last. I again ask, Are you living every moment of life, claiming to be in the present and doing things that you are passionate about or it’s a drab existence? Be honest.

Facebook, selfie or Instagram uploads is no proof of happiness that someone is making the most of life. We live in the la-la-land of likes and indulge in gratification to boost our self-esteem as individuals and it’s in itself a flawed way of telling how happy or fulfilled we are. It’s a lie. There is always an issue of perception, holding the mirror to see ourselves and compare to others. The mirror boosts our ego. It’s the biggest illusion that we carry on our shoulders.

The story is classic. Study, earn money, get married, bear children and then what? We are stuck in a rut. Our sad reality! We are the product of two-faced symbolism that stands in conflict between what we desire and end up doing. Zilch! Life is a bitch. One day our tears will not compensate the missed opportunity or skip the train of wondrous life, experimenting with everything that society says No to and going on an adventure thrill with the best pals.

Just do it now. Wear this Reebok shoes, climb the muddy terrain, go on a sports adventure or fearlessly walk to this super hot woman and ask her out. Fine! You may be rejected but at least try. Go and pursue your dreams for it’s never too late. Stop thinking and go on a fling with someone or have the most amazing sex without wearing a guilty conscience. Ok! I am exaggerating here and not saying to be rambunctious. You may not want to do bungee jumpee, sleep with someone out of the blue or do sports adventure but dare to live in every moment, bring joy and do things you’ve always inspired to.

For me it is being back to India, write the novel and make a short film.

It’s never too late but a day will come when it will be too late.

Love

V

 

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34 thoughts on “Make every moment count: Are you ready for it?!

  1. Inside out. The realities of life are explicitly and thoughtfully expressed. An essay in itself in the conduct of moments. Congratulations for such a great compositions.

  2. Well written post Vishal.Life is totally unpredictable. It is like a rollercoaster. Sometimes you are on top of the world and at other times you might land in a bottomless pit. So make every moment count.
    The tragic news you hear jolts you at times. But l guess it is best to learn to live LIFE!!

    • You said it, Radhika. Learn to live Life. There is too much uncertainty in today’s times, we are knocked out and try to walk, nursing our wounds. Hope people can make a difference by start to live and seek happiness rather than being a dead soul. So many of us are embroiled in the haunting demand of the world, losing themselves. We must start to LIVE.

  3. Truly sorry to hear about your friend and your Chachi. God give them peace. But your right. There’s no certainty to life. We should live our life now instead waiting for a chance to enjoy it tomorrow.

  4. We can’t just be sure in life. It’s so unpredictable. Still, when we hear the tragic news of death, robbery or illness, they make us understand the real value of our own lives and how we are wasting it! Thanks for the inspiring post and I heartily wish you return to India to make your dreams come true… 🙂 It will happen one day for sure, watch my words…

    • It’s so true. One can never know about the next hour with so many tragic news falling. You’ve put it so well: They make us value life and making the most to find happiness. Your words mean a lot and it makes me feel so good about the India return. I will soon start working towards my objectives. Have an awesome day.

  5. Such incidents do shake us from our reverie and the make-belief world that we dwell in, particularly on the social media. Once we realise how fragile like is, it takes us time to gather ourselves. It makes sense to stop overanalysing and live in the moment to make most of what life offers us, as you’ve so aptly summarised. Have a good day. 😀

    • Thanks Somali. Such incidents shake us and reminds us to fly, making every moment count. Social media is a make believe world of life. Agree on the need to stop over analyzing. You’ve added so much beauty to this post. Have an awesome day.

  6. It is never too late to start something new.

    I am sorry that your aunt had to go, and that it was in such a horrible way. Also that your lawyer friend had to leave as well.

    • It’s extremely sad to see aunt die in such a horrible manner and such young people losing their lives like that, Al. So true, it’s never late to do things that give us happiness. Thanks for dropping:)

  7. YES YES YES! I was nodding, smiling and even crying a bit reading this…. You capture the essence of life my dear friend- agree 100% (200% if possible)Life is here and now, just do it, make every moment count. I yaaayy for you and your projects my friend:-)

  8. Sorry to hear about the untimely losses of loved ones, Vishal. It is indeed terrible news.
    Death is unfortunately our wake-up call to a reality check on the quality of life we lead. I have read that the secret of the happy people of Bhutan is that they are have a ritual of reminding themselves that ‘death’ can cast its shadow anytime and any moment of the life, that you – steeped in routine, ego, ambitions to achieve it all believe will go on forever. May be our life too will be more productive if we were to include one such routine into our lives too.
    It is indeed strange that just yesterday evening I myself was contemplating on the facts mentioned by you in this post as I read about the little boy who we hoped would battle cancer succumbed to it yesterday. It hurt to imagine that this boy has not had a single pain-free day during his struggle.
    This is a reminder, Vishal, that our greatness, our achievements, our goals and all the money in the world will fall short in the face of death.
    Thank you for the reminder and wishing you all luck to find your way back to your most favorite city, back to the warmth of home, to the bliss of warm friendship and for that book which is yet to be published.
    By the way, will that book be a passionate tale unfolding in Pune or will it be Bombay?
    Wishing you a happy weekend.

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