When we were kids, all of us loved the summer vacations. During fifteen years of our schooling, this used to be the best part of the year and was eagerly awaited. Amazing plans were made for a fun-filled holiday and along with the many other activities, the tradition of visiting the maternal family was also fulfilled, where one would have a gala time with cousins of different age groups.
Although the vacations use to start with a lot of vigor and promises but would sadly culminate before we could actually get the feel of it. In our excitement to do various things, we would misjudge the time left for holidays and would thus complete only half of the many things we had planned. We would keep delaying things on the pretext that there are still a lot of days left. Leave aside the fun part of it, even the school homework was piled up for the last; creating a panic situation at the end.
Alike summer vacations, the similar situation manifests in life too. All our life, we keep planning new things for various moments, look for ideal situations to enjoy and keep on postponing important activities to a later stage in life; the stage which we believe would be the ideal time to do the important part and than one fine day, unexpectedly, the life or the vacation comes to an end. Just as in our school days we used to keep the best for the summer vacations, or the end of the session, similarly in life, we keep postponing the best for the later stages of our life. But a universal truth we all must abide by is that each one of us is totally oblivious of our future or the end of our life, which may arrive abruptly and when it happens all the plans that we had made for future are left in a lurch.
Life is too short to fulfill all that is desirous, and waiting for the right time to enjoy & complete the desired is sheer foolishness because no one knows when the life vacation would precipitously end; leaving all the plans and all that we have accumulated in life as it is.
I am about to enter the 50 club and get to hear a lot of stories from friends and acquaintances who are in the same age group and feel all the more despondent after listening to those stories. And after all the contemplation, the only thing that surfaces in my mind is, ‘What is life in reality?’People struggle all their life with various issues like work, building a house and worrying about the children’s future and then comes a phase in life when they have fulfilled the most of it and thus try to take it a little easy, but then the other issues start to surface. They start getting into the trap of physical ailments and because of this everything comes to a standstill. All attention is trapped in the physical conditions & ailments and thinking about anything else becomes a distant idea. Resultantly, all the plans which were kept aside for the last ,remain undone. The financial stability takes a beating and life comes to a standstill.
So, ideally there is no reason why we should wait for the summer vacation to come and should thoroughly enjoy each moment & every second of our life, not stressing on special occasions or days to celebrate. In whatever capacity we can, we should try and enjoy life in its each moment and with every breathe so that there are no regrets of the summer vacation coming to end.
Author-`THE PERENNIAL JOURNEY’