To stars and beyond

Have you ever looked at the night sky and marvelled at the magnificence of the universe ? Have you ever paid attention to the majesty of the towering mountains ? Have you ever noticed the calmness of the oceans ?

Most of us haven’t. I mean, who has time for all this right now ? We will do this someday – not today. Today we have greater things to do. We need to study for that upcoming exam. We need to complete that assignment. We need to pay those outstanding bills. 

Some of us who are a bit above the rest have slightly longer-term goals. Achieve that professional degree. Succeed in business. Build our dream home. Infact I can cook up all the things under the sun here, about what we want. 

We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.

But I want to ask one simple thing- are these goals (as we call it) totally and completely necessary ? Can we not have a real purpose in life ? Are the worldly things all important in life ? Can we, just for one moment, stop acquiring and start living ? 

Life is a precious gift. A one time opportunity (more than once- based on your religious views). It is to be enjoyed and not endured. You will surely be crucified many times, but you have to resurrect yourself – like the pheonix. 

And though I may get all this philosophical, but I know that there are certain expectations that we all need to live up to. And I am also aware of the fact that to do so, we have to sacrifice our natural tendencies and adopt a more worldly view of life. 

I strongly believe that we can maintain a balance between our actual selves and the more superficial selves that we are expected to live and so willingly live. We can achieve those short term and long term goals and at the same time, we could be taking that road trip which would leave us entranced. We can learn how to play instruments. We can pursue a hobby. Who doesn’t like listening to good music while enjoying a long walk, in the company of none other than our own self. 

I have definitely raised the bar for myself. 

  • Chase the northern lights.
  • Stay among the mountains for atleast one month each year.
  • Travel and wander in unknown places (because they are not crowded)
  • Last but not the least (and my favourite), count stars on a moonless night in total solitude.

I don’t mean to disrespect anyone’s goals or ambitions. But I just want to tell this to all you people- Lead such a life that your epitah reads “No Regrets”. In your final moments, you should not have any IF ONLYs or WHY DIDN’Ts. 

Life is a beautiful journey which must always be lived forwards but can only be understood backwards.

Make yourself proud!! 

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14 thoughts on “To stars and beyond

  1. A good message, and nice to think about how we will be remembered. In the blink of an eye, everything could change so it’s time to break out of the self imposed prison. I hope you manage to count the stars and the comets shooting across your solitude sky!

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  2. You’re totally right. Life and our passions and pursuits are fleeting and transient. Once you achieve one goal, or reach another level in your career or studies, you’ll be chasing the next. Although we should have goals, we can’t lose ourselves and lose appreciation for the beauty in the simplicity of the crashing of waves, or infinite stars above. Also we may have contrasting views on this based on what I read about your speed on motorcycles, but the brush of the wind while roading fast on a motorcycle hahaha. Great post bro, and hope you continue doing each of those things each day that you can, and can travel to others and get off the beaten path to enjoy the beauty in solitude.

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  3. This is a great post, I agree with most of what you said. I think life is to be both endured and enjoyed. Our primal instinct is survival. As for nature, I love nature and i take it in every day, it is my dose of serenity in my chaos. It really is calming and I get lost in contemplations. I actually just finished looking at the hues of a beautiful sunrise!

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