“Don’t be afraid that your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.”
When the April 25th 7.8 earthquake of Nepal happened, I was on the 4th floor, shaking vigorously and helplessly along with my house. It shook for around 30 seconds but believe me it felt like it was shaking forever and ever. It felt like I was forced to dance with an awful dissonance produced by the cracking sound of the windows and the movements of the bricks.
It was definitely the most terrifying experience I ever had the displeasure of experiencing. Mortality was right there staring at my eyes because I knew there was a very large possibility that the building might collapse, along with me.
Thankfully my parents, family, relatives were all safe and nobody that I knew fell victim to the earthquake. But this does not diminish the consequences of this deadly earthquake that claimed almost 9,000 lives and injured more than 22,000.
These kinds of disaster are powerful forces of nature and after experiencing I realized how helpless we are against such power. Let alone the building, I had given up hope even for the ground beneath my feet.
As much I was afraid and terrified, it was one of the most humbling experiences for me, the one that turns your life upside down. You can say, it forced me to think hard enough with honesty on how I went about living my life in the past and made re-analyze my priorities from there onwards.
“We are bunch of overachievers always worrying about our future but we sometimes forget that happiness lies in the small things that are taking place in the moment.”
For most of us (which includes me), life is moving at exceptionally rapid pace. When we have finally time to sit down and think, we are surprised at how much time has passed and two years ago might feel like yesterday.
It is definitely not our fault that we have hurriedly sprinted through our lifetime. It is the demand and the competition of this era where if you won’t do it then somebody else will in your place.
This is the reason why sometimes we get caught up with our life. We forget to take notice of what surrounds us and we start taking things for granted unknowingly.
After the incident, I taught myself to notice things which I never had time to notice before. And suddenly the air was filled with powerful aromas of Jasmine and Plumeria. The colorful twilight between the mountains in the horizon started invigorating every cell in my body.
May be this is what’s called living in the moment or maybe not but all I know is, it most certainly made me feel happy.
Facing such devastating incident and coming out of it unscratched was a big “what if” moment for me. But now I have stopped thinking about what ifs, I am here now, writing this article and from here on, I have promised myself to live in the moment and take care of my present.
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
Death is certain and there is no denying that. To me this incident gave me a new purpose, a new way to live my life. It showed me that we all have limited time to spend and there are things and forces way bigger than us.
We all do our time and we depart, it is the universal truth. It is because of this sad truth that our life is that much precious. If we lived forever, life would have no meaning. It would be utterly worthless (may be not utterly but almost). But since we live only once and have so little time, we should make sure we make it worth all the while in the world.
Living is hard but we tend to make it more complicated than it has to be. I have decided to and we can and should make it much simpler.
You can dance to a hip number, sing to a funky rhythm, read all the books you can and play till you wear out. Invent new machines, develop new drugs, discover new planets and travel a lot.
Whatever you do, do things that would bring a smile, do things that would make other people go crazy, be free like a bird and fly away for a while. Find something that would make YOU happy, fall in love and live with no regrets.
Learn from the past, live in the present and be that person what everybody wants to be but are too afraid to try. But most importantly remember to love yourself then smile and spread it all around.
Here’s to Life!!!