02 January, 2011

Forever Young

Another end, another beginning... another year. Birthday's, Anniversaries, Mother's Day, Friendship Day... etc, do we really need such 'Days' to celebrate 'special' moments of life?

What is so important about these days? Okay, you were born on so and so day and hence you manaao [celebrate] your Birthday... but besides that factor, why can't you celebrate your life on any other day? I mean, you 'are' breathing, laughing and working rest of the days too, right?

And New Year... it's like overdone. Yeah it's a new year but then don't we make promises and resolutions the rest of the year? Don't deny it, you do make a few promises during the entire year - so why keep it on a special day when you're anyway doing it throughout that year?

It's all just 'Conditioning'. We are so conditioned by society, parents, friends, colleagues and mentors that we hardly notice that each and every day of our life is a new one! Every day is a new day. So why can't we celebrate each day then?

We've let ourselves go, people... we've let ourselves get caught in that stage of 'adulthood' and 'maturity' which aren't that bad but they do rob life of it's fun. I mean, when was the last time you rushed out in the rain and jumped in filthy puddles that lined your street? Or when did you run around in a garden with your arms spread out like wings? Or for that matter, when did you last forgive someone without realizing it?

We have been conditioned to 'act' our age, to keep a check on our behavior, to walk and talk 'corporate'... and in doing so, we hardly noticed our innocence slipping away, slowly, gradually... and then, we celebrate these 'Days' so that we can go back to those childhood days of doing what we feel like, without having to answer for our wild behaviour or without accounting for who we truly are inside.

'All the world is a stage'... we seem like 'puppets' right now... dancing to society's tune, to our 'corporate' melody... where's that carefree music of childhood gone? Why are we allowed to be 'children' only on 'these days'?

There's nothing wrong with having the outlook of a child at your workplace, there's no harm in carrying your innocence to a party, there's nothing wrong in being like a child in front of your classmates - as long as you know who you are and as long as you see people for who they really are - 'grown-up children'.

It's an oft repeated line but still I need to say it, for you and for me:


"Life is short, enjoy it while you can."


Don't worry, I'm in the same boat as you... Have been rocking in it since some months... the New Year wishes just pushed all those thoughts out here, I guess.

As for New Year resolutions, well, I'll be making them all year... :) I do have some now, pretty standard stuff, y'know - like, being happy and keeping calm... stuff like that. The bigger, major resolutions will come as this year proceeds. Let's see... I've given you enough bhaashan [lecture] - but it was for me too... feel like I'm lost in that thick maze of being an adult.


Anyway, it's nice to see a good number of readers here... Super-cheer up potion it is! :)

Have fun and have a good time folks!

Oh before you leave, I would like to share this song with you - the first part talks about war, but the chorus can be applied to anyone in any situation or at any stage of life [as long as that stage is above say, 10 years of age :D]

So, here's 'Forever Young' by Alphaville... Enjoy :)


 



Cheers,

Venice :)

12 comments:

  1. Hey! Just loved going through this piece! I liked that idea of living up everyday and rekindling that child inside us... I really nice 'lecture' i'd say... ;) :)

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  2. Hi MM07... it's always super nice to see you here :) Last year was a year where there was too much of seriousness going on... hope to lighten up this year and enjoy life now on just like a child :) Glad you liked it!!

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  3. So very insightful...There is a tinge of rebellion in your post...At what society calls growing up but I'd prefer the term "loss of innocence". A nice lecture especially potent in times such as these...

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  4. Loss of innocence... it differs from person to person, some retain it, while others just mask it with 'maturity'. Nice to have you here.. have a good year!! :)

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  5. Wonderful post, and I fully agree with every point. Losing innocence is one of the greatest losses in today's time. We'll need another Walt Disney who can bring back the real childhood fun, no?

    Also loved the Santa claus poem. Wish you a wonderful year ahead!

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  6. You just entered in to my "Favourite bloggers" list :)

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  7. Hi Charu!! Was reading some of your posts yesterday... gonna comment soon. Hmm, yeah, I know very few people who have retained that child-like innocence and sweetness - it's nice to have such people around! :)

    Have a good and fun year!! Cheerio :)

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  8. Wow!! That feels awesome! :) Thank you Anuroop! Nice to have you here !

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  9. Personally, i love celebrating my birthday and new year. Those are 2 incredibly special days of my life. It's true that you need to live life each day and you don't need a special day... but well... when you do anything over n over again... something different is always a welcome change.

    So while i do live my life, enjoy the moments, have my ups and downs in the 24 hours of my day - i look forward to that 1 special day where i know for a fact that long lost friends are surely gonna call to wish, and that i'm going to be surrounded by loved ones... or not... i've had birthdays where i've 'forced' people to stay away so i can be alone. Lol. Every birthday of mine has some sort of a 'theme', that's related to my feelings.

    It's the same with New Year. The idea of a whole new year beginning, that it brings you new hope, and its almost as if you can erase the faults of the past... It's not literally done - its just the feeling of starting something new. Its like the beginning of a new day, a new month - only those are more often. A new year is 365 days apart. That's special. You gotta 'wait' to have it.

    That's just my thoughts.

    But on everything else, ur bang on! Be mature, sure, but don't give up on that child inside you!!! (And maybe its that child within me that loves birthdays / new year so much - cos of the cake, and presents and everything nice! :P lol)

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  10. Hey Dee.. Thank you so much for giving a different point of view to this topic! It's always great to read a new angle to any topic :) I'll be honest here, there are few times when I think like you... but this time somehow it was just a bit too much of I-don't-know...

    I felt that people were celebrating without really feeling the true depth of the occasion.. The way they celebrated these 'special' events seemed more out of habit than with any sense or understanding - and that really got to me!

    This post was more of a spur-of-the-moment-kinda post :) Thanks anyway for giving your honest opinion - it counts a lot... always! :)

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  11. Hi GvS, good to know that you like the song :) Keep in touch!

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