Friday, August 10, 2007

Just b'cos u are fine doesn't mean everyone is fine.....

As I lay in my bed trying to sleep I used to pose this question to my parents "Has everyone slept in the world?". I had this annoying habit of making sure everyone had hit the bed just like me when it was sleeping time. After getting a reassurance from my parents that everyone is about to sleep like me then only would I close my eyes. A habit I grew out of after 4th grade.

As I grew up my childhood image of everyone sleeping at the same time as I would changed. For half of the world it is day time when it is night for me and even in that night time there are a few of us who are doing night shift, completing assignments/ studying, staying up for no reason etc.
The world is not the same for everyone.

How foolish of me to think that the entire world would go to sleep with me. Just as I sometimes assume the world is a gr8 place to live in when I have my purse loaded and things are favouring me. Just because I have 100 bucks in my purse doesnt mean that the guy next to me or everyone in the world has the same denomination.

The world is one huge classroom. We restrict our learning curve to school and college and fail to see the real classroom in front of our eyes which is the world we live in. The world has many things for us to learn, experience, understand and put into practice eventually. I am trying to learn and it is not easy. But will succeed eventually one day.

One last note:

I was waiting for the local train at Park Station in Chennai. It was a hot day and i helped myself to a bottle of fizz drink. At that time to the platform arrived a family of four. There were 2 small children who must have been not more than 6 years old. They were accompanied by their parents who were both blind.

The kid boy cing the fizz wanted one also. He asked his father to get one. His dad told him it was a useless drink and there was no point in wasting money on it. Kid being a kid was adamant on what he wanted, the blind dad eventually got him one.

And I was just staring as the scene unfolded in front of me forgetting that i was holding onto a drink. In life we take so many things for granted. We have become immune to our surroundings. Just because I have my AC on while I sleep it does not mean everyone has the same luxury.

I will never be able to get over this scene. It might temporarily take a back seat but it will always be there to serve me as a reminder, to take a good look around me and think about it.

2 comments:

Vindhya said...

hi...
thanx fr stoppin by my blogs....

I read ths piece that u hav written... nice stuff... and it is true... what we hav we presume evryone else does too... and that applies to evn our flaws.... we never stop to think whther what we r doin mite hurt someone who differs frm us...
maybe ths is human nature... bt still a bit more introspection wil nt stop us frm tryin to be more humane.... i guess.....

finding thyself said...

We rarely introspect. Most of our actions are spontaneous and very rarely do we pause to take stock. When we do either it is too late or beyond our hands.

Introspection is a tough question to answer. If most of us did a bit of introspection I am sure this world will be a better place for all.

Thanks for ur post