Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin. ~ Grace Hansen
It wasn't long back; I was rushing through my morning newspaper, unable to comprehend what all catastrophe the second wave could bring in. This was when the name "Narayanrao Dabhadkar" captured my eyes. For a person to whom even the breaking headlines started becoming monotonous, reading a whole news segment meant a lot.
If you are not familiar with the name "Narayanrao Dabhadkar", let me tell you that he was an eighty-five-year-old resident of Nagpur, Maharashtra. He had sacrificed his bed at the hospital to a forty-year-old man.
Narayanrao could not hold himself against the cries of the women and her children for their family's sole breadwinner. The reason he says, "I am eighty-five years old. I have lived my life. Allot my bed to this needy man and start his treatment."
However, good karma hardly mattered to covid. Narayanrao Dabhadkar succumbed to the virus just like thousands of others in the country in two days. "
The thought-provoking movement for me in this article was his statement which said, "I have lived my life."
There'll be two dates on your tombstone, and all your friends will read 'em, but all that's gonna matter is that little dash between 'em. ~ Kevin Welch
As a kid, I remember looking at older people who move around slowly and taking all the time in the world for an act as simple as eating. My grandfather was one prime example as well. I must say if it's an agony of life that young people who have the whole future in their hands end up rushing their life whereas the older adults whose days are numbered end up stretching their minutes into hours.
If you think old age is the only time man slows down, I assume humans had a similar phase when they were kids. Looking at leaves, colours, patterns, and shapes for hours together exposed their curiosity towards life and their interest and time towards things that hardly mattered to their immediate needs.
However, a man spends most of his time in a diverted route between these two-phase of being a kid and an older adult. I somehow believe that life teaches the need to slow down by making him old just in case he did not get his learnings right from his childhood.
A life without cause is a life without effect. ~ Barbarella
Being a curious follower of markets and economy, I always relate a traders life to humans destiny. As per the statistics, it is said that almost 90% of the traders end up losing their money in their lifetime. No matter how much they earn, they end up as net loser by the end of their trading life.
Just like a trader, we trade our time, energy and resources. With a net loss at the end of his trading journey, the trader realizes that he not only ended up losing all that he had at the start but also his health and life in this due course of time. What's the point of a journey when you end up nowhere and yet end up losing the health and the pleasure called living.
Enjoy the little things in life; for one day, you may look back and realize they were the big things.
I believe that accepting ourselves the way we are give us better clarity in life. Pushing ourselves to be someone who we are not is the first step towards sadness and depression. Once this wisdom gets ensured in our lives, there can be only upswings in life, even in hardships.
Let's start enjoying the little pleasures of life, which alone can make our lives bigger. Like someone rightly said, the saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have. Let these words don't end up with us to the grave.
Let's give more life to not just our life but the people around us. Let us become kids while exploring nature and an older adult while executing simple acts of our lives like eating.
Let's spread the positivity of life, and for sure, it will come a long way in getting us not just from the pandemic but beyond that as well.
Have a great day, everyone.