“Get busy living, or get busy dying”

busy-street

Am surprised at the sheer shady approach some people have towards life and happiness.

“Partying every night of the week, minting money and more money, making holiday plans far in to the future”, how exotic!

Yet there comes that moment in life when the emptiness seeps in, then begins the phase of depression. But how often have we played the right card of choices.

A few drams of whiskey and a good nights’ sleep, period. Does that still satiate the void ?

Sadly, today we live in a world where everyone is in the rat race, playing catch up with the who’s who of that bracket. Money has now not only become a means, but an end to itself, more lugubriously a goal, the only one. To some, money literally buys happiness, but is it?

How often have you taken the effort to pause for one second, and ask yourself, is this what you really want from life, is this right for you?

Comparison is also to blame for this apathy. Growing up in a society like that of a country like India, you are always prone to comparison, be it cousins, friends, relatives. Next thing you know, you gulp that hard pill and find yourself in that rank/status yourself to prove to ’em that you could do it too. But are you happy, are you really living to your fullest?’.

Take it from me when I say this – “NO! You are just getting one more step closer to killing your very self so much today that there will never be any gaurantee of tomorrow”.

Let’s take a quick look. Where does this all begin?

For many, it all begins from their very childhood and social circuit growing up. For some, much in the later phases of life.

Am sure by now you’re wondering where exactly am I going with this. Take a deep breath, while I help you connect the dots.

Anything you want from life today, only money can buy. This has been a misconception injected so deep into our DNA that we just can’t choose to let go. But how true is it?’

In the process, we have started ignoring the small things in life that can make us happy today, this very moment and something that no amount of money can ever buy. Like maybe a walk in the park with good music, maybe spending time with your loved ones, enjoying nature’s music…!

Life is something so beautiful, that material needs can never satisfy. More so, the day you stop queueing up in the rat race of being the next investment banker, the next software engineer, the next whosoever of whatsoever stream, you will begin to understand who you really are.

Many of us are already stuck in this treadmill. The real question is where to draw the line and begin all over again.

Each day a new beginning, each moment a new experience, each experience a new learning, each learning a new lesson. This is the beauty of life. 

Over the years, generations have evolved, people have gotten so engrossed in their daily lives, so much that they seem to have forgotten the whole purpose of living. The essence of every moment lived is now contemplated by the amount of work done and behoof reaped, but does quality of work done not count?

More than everything the essence of the time spent, the value made, the moment lived.

“It’s about time people stop existing, start living”    

It rather amuses me when I come across people who are already chalking out plans for  their 40s and post 60s, kudos to the aplomb and assurance they envelop themselves in on living that long, although what for ?!

“We die at the age of 25, we are just buried at 75”, hate to admit it but this is the sour truth of the generation we live in today. You don’t live the present day to the fullest, but those fairy tale retirement plans put a smile to your face. It’s good to have plans for tomorrow, but not at the cost of today.

Also remember, Alcohol, Money, physical action are not enough to fill the emptiness inside, they will never make you happy.

Down the line, you start to realize, that your entire life has only been another canister of emptiness and vacuum. Did you ever do those things you’ve always loved, like maybe dancing, art, singing, playing instruments. Who knows?

Maybe if you did try to explore your hidden maestro’s, you could have been something else.

True happiness comes from constructing healthy relationships, facing people head on, having real conversations, laughing with friends and family and experiencing true love, this differs from expectations and induces the true reality of life.

School, College, University, Job, Family, Pension. The safest route to living life right.

But what is safe, when you are just doing what everyone else is. This fear of doing something different has for long been unexplained in this community.

But remember, when you take the risk to do something you truly love, something in your forte, you can always catch the next train when and if you screw up. Not all can be successful in their first attempt, but remember, life always has a way of testing a person’s will, and you will one day find your way around it, but if you are still willing to be victim to the rat race, the only solution anyone can give, is wrap your head around it, because nothing will ever make anything better than what that field has for you.

Wake up! Let’s be better today for a better tomorrow.

Spread the Love 😀 

Advertisements

8 Replies to ““Get busy living, or get busy dying””

  1. Very beautiful. Neatly written. Apt and to the point. Shows that happiness is always in the smaller things and not dependent on materialism. I would like to suggest you to add a little bit of humour or puns and a little bit of nostalgia and a lot more of questions when you write your next article so that there is not much monotony in your writing and to connect more with the reader. (Just an opinion)
    Good endeavour. Keep up the good work. It was a nice way to start my day today. Thank you. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks a lot Sudarshan for the feed. I’m happy I could connect with you, and as for the choice of topics, I cater to a certain set of readers who can connect with instances from their own life, but yes I shall keep the humour quotient in mind for the next one.
      Thanks again Sudarshan, please do keep reading 😀

      Like

  2. Heyy, this is so true!!

    “It rather amuses me when I come across people who are already chalking out plans for their 40s and post 60s, kudos to the aplomb and assurance they envelop themselves in on living that long, although what for ?!

    “We die at the age of 25, we are just buried at 75”, hate to admit it but this is the sour truth of the generation we live in today. You don’t live the present day to the fullest, but those fairy tale retirement plans put a smile to your face. It’s good to have plans for tomorrow, but not at the cost of today.”

    amazing post!! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s