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The Perfect Stranger

The Perfect Stranger

Just the other day, I met a guy. Very easy on the eye, well spoken, friendly and with a quick humor. His eyes were kind and his demeanor pleasant. A five minute conversation was all it took to get invested. The kind of people who feel like long time friends after a brief run in at the water cooler. Can’t help but wonder if I existed in another life, and they were part of it. Not just a part of it, but a pivotal part of it. Novels allude to this phenomena but we are prone to dismiss it as artistic license until it happens to you. Until you meet that perfect stranger and you are both in tune. Aware of the synergy of your beings as you keep up the small talk. And with a final glance you walk away secretly wishing for the chance to ‘bump’ into each other again.

It happens once in a while and more often than not, the second meeting does come. Then the third, and the fourth and countless others follow. As you both write your story, the ending entirely up to you. But, what if tomorrow never comes? What if the glance you shared as you walked away was the last you’d ever have? What if that perfect stranger will remain just that? Forever? What if fate never gave you the chance to make more memories?

Life is fleeting and time is a gift. A gift that we sometimes take for granted because we assume that we have tonnes of it left. While we are unwittingly close the end of road. Just one more step to the end. When young people our age die, why do we get so shocked? Why are we taken aback while we all know that death is our ultimate destination? Because we thought we have time. We have a time-bound existence and yet we crave eternity. The sand in the hour glass trickles down every fleeting moment and yet we choose to postpone most of our lives for a later day. An eventual moment in the future when we will finally do what we yearn or say what torments us.

So what of my perfect stranger? I just got the news of his demise. A road accident took him. Just like that. He was here and now he’s not. Like a trailer that never evolved into a movie. I think of what could have been and I become sad. The words that I wanted to say or the jokes I had already made up to share with him. When you meet a perfect stranger and never cross paths again, you secretly live with the hope of bumping into them. But if you learn that fate took them to a place that they can never feel again, you get crushed. I met him for 5 minutes so i feel that i don’t have the right to grieve. Yet I grieve. I grieve for his friends who loved him, for the family that lost him, for the roads he left untraveled, for the moments he left unexplored. I grieve for the lost of chance.

Don’t be afraid to say what you feel, to do what you will. Life is a rotating wheel so live it to the full before the momentum dies down and the wheel stops moving.

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2015 in Philosophical me

 

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Life Lessons From A Movie

Life Lessons From A Movie

I’m not your average movie buff who’s on the heels of new Hollywood releases and always has an up to date movie library. Nope. I am that friend who comes for your movie collection and binge watches them on a weekend or on days that I would rather be indoors and chill. I’m the binge movie buff. The movie fanatic with no regard for release timelines. As long as it’s a great story, I don’t really care if the movie was produced by Flinstones.

During a recent binge, I watched the movie ‘Internship’. A movie where two sales men lose their jobs in an economic downturn and they have to look for a new career path. In their middle ages, the men’s skills are irrelevant and archaic in the technological age. One of them stumbles upon an internship call from Google and they get into the program after an incredibly entertaining Skype interview and a few convenient lies. They rise against insurmountable odds to become the winning team and eventually joining the amazing Google team. An incredulous mix of sugar, spice and great laughs, you ought to watch the movie if you already haven’t.

Sometimes life is like a car ride. It can be smooth and fast. But sometimes, you can be thrown out of the windshield and get a nice couple of stitches to remind you of the time your head almost split in two. But will that stop you from getting back on the wheel and driving on? Hell no. Life moves on. So If life moves on, what is the need of getting back on half-hearted, walking on egg-shells and walking half scared of your own shadow? If you got to do it, do it with all you got. Do it as if it’s the last thing you will ever do.

This was my take away lesson from the movie. It spoke to a part of me that has been receiving some major reality check in the past few days. Few people get the chance to have reality spelt out for them. Few people have the privilege of having their strengths pointed out and weakness highlighted. Most of us spend our heads buried in self-help books trying to right what we think is wrong with us. But the truth is that we are the worst judges of our own abilities. We many not think we have what it takes but sometimes, we are way more talented than we give ourselves credit for. Other times, you may also have your head stuck so far up in your skills that you do not notice a self-destructive pattern that always plays out. Perspective is all that matters.

Sometimes we are too in love with our own selves to realize the folly of our ways. Or at times we are too busy looking for the elusive pot of gold that we do not realize the treasure chest we always had inside us. It is the irony of life. The tragedy of a one-sided view. But when heaven is kind enough to send someone to talk some sense into you, swallow any ego or excuse that may start showing up and take in all you are being told. If you really listen, it will do you more good than a dozen self-help books.

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Philosophical me

 

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A touch of Eden

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Can you hear me?
Can you hear my loud whisper,
Can you feel my silent noise,
Can you see my strong fragile heart
Can you hear me calling you?

You confuse my senses,
You infiltrated my every defences,
You consume me.
One time you’re a beautiful stranger,
And the next your my kryptonite.
I swore to forever be the lone ranger,
But I couldn’t resist you charming delight.
I am taken,
Taken aback by the feelings that amass.
Every time you look at me,
I see visions of the future in your eyes.
Every time you hold me,
I feel protected and I don’t want to leave your side.

They say that if it is meant to be it is meant to be,
But what is destiny if not a consequence of choice?
If I choose to let a love so deep go,
And I lose it. Who have I to blame?
Or if I choose to ignore an aching so true
Then my love goes into the blues,
Whom do I lament my stupidity to?
Or if I choose to self-destruct
Until prince charming swoops in to save me,
And I die alone and miserable in my twisted existence,
Who have I to admonish but myself?
Destiny is a subtotal effect of all our choices
The culmination of all our decisions
The result of how we choose to live.

So I choose to love
When my heart falls into the depth of your well,
I will embrace it and have you.
When my being yearns to have you near me,
I will keep you close and never let go.
For enjoying life is not the occasional party;
It is relishing every step of the way,
It is adoring those who love you each day,
It is appreciating those who look out for you in every way,
It is in taking in each sunrise with a smile,
And living each day like it’s your last.

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So I choose you my love.
I choose to be yours until time decides to separate us.
I vow to be by your side and walk life’s path hand in hand.
You are my completion,
In you I find the other piece of me.
You are the donor of my rib,
Divinely destined to fuse with me for life.
You are my Adam and I am your Eve,
We belong in the beautiful garden of our love.
So let’s go and create our own Eden on earth,
Where only love and senses reign.

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Posted by on November 24, 2013 in Poetry

 

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