When I see empty park benches, I think of people who can sit there and share silences. And also people who can sit and share the stories of their lifetimes. And people who can understand the silence and listen to the stories.
When it snows, I want to be somewhere warm
When it’s hot, I want to be somewhere cooler.
When I’m stuck, I just want to walk
When I walk ahead, I keep looking back.
When I’m in the sun, I long for a canopy
When I’m in shade, I long for some warmth.
When I’m alone, I long for company
When I have company, I want to be with me.
When I have silence, I long for a sound
When I have noise, I long for some quiet.
I live here, nor there
I just live in my longing.
I spend every day,
Neither here nor there.
At times, it is not about us. At times, we need to get out of ourselves and look at the bigger picture. Doing so may give us a purpose, take away some anguish, make us aim for a better life – beyond ourselves.
I remember when I was little, I wasn’t scared of doing anything. Especially, the things that I wasn’t supposed to do – I would do, for sure. I’ve jumped off rooftops, climbed trees, touched a hedgehog, slapped my little brother when he was asleep (ok that was just self defense 😉 ), stolen pickles when Mom wasn’t watching, and the list is endless. And then I grew up. And stopped doing all that I wanted to do and started doing all that I was expected to do. At times, no one but I’m expecting myself to behave and act in a certain way. And as I get older, I realized I’ve been doing it all wrong the last few years (ok, at least 2 decades). I am going back to being what I was. I’m doing all that I want to do again. I’m putting on those skates and then I’ll figure how to slice that ice, I’ll run and learn how not to fall, I’ll swim and learn how not to drown, I’ll sing and learn how to do it better. I will do it all, again!
There’s something beautiful even about those who are full of crap – just like seagulls. You may not care to find it, but it’s there!
When you cannot eat everything is when you realize that it’s a blessing when you can eat anything!
Your pain isn’t my pain. Because what hurts you a little bit, may be a whole lot worse for me. And what kills you, I might not blink my eyes at. We are all wired differently, and all respond differently. The only thing that we all respond well to – is kindness.
Scale Credits Wong DL
Don’t be scared of being the only one on a path. May be, you are the only one with a soul left, may be you are an innovator, may be you need some space. Walk alone, if you must.
You may be a busy person. You may not have the time for meeting that person for whom you are special. Or they may not be special for you. But have your special set of people who walk with you, even when they walk apart. A sibling, your spouse, your parents, a friend, someone, anyone. We all need these special people in some moments. We all need someone to catch us when we fall.
© Rupinder Narang
Count your blessings if you have someone who promises to walk into the sunset with you.