A Child’s smile

14 Aug

What was that or for the matter of fact I wonder what is it that makes me do this. I am walking or doing something and suddenly I do these of which I guess my future self would be proud of.

Being given some work, I had to stay back in the office and had to walk the 1 km stretch alone to the metro station. I put on my favourite tracks and left the office and all lost in the music was about to reach the metro when suddenly at about 10:30 in the night I saw these bunch of kids playing on this only parked scooter on one side of the road. There was something, some may call it inspiration while it may be some invincible force which drew me towards them. Whatever it was I stopped and took a pic of this kid and then started talking to him. We had barely exchanged a sentence or two but were interrupted by his younger siblings voice who was rushing towards us saying that he also wanted his photo to be clicked. Obliging him I made him sit on the scooter and clicked the pic. Suddenly there is this shy kid who is standing on the side since the episode started, also came forward and requested that he also be in one of the pics and being more than happy to do this, I clicked his pic as wel  with the rest of the two.

Running like mad dog to represent a burden we call “life” which is usually full of woes incidents like these are actually refreshing and make you realize one thing that not much is needed. It is we who always create a fuzz of things we want, or things we should have running and running this mad race in order to have more on the plate than the other guy. it might take us to so called new level or a new height but it keeps us devoid of that purity that we have in us, that innocence that we all have in us.

Look at yourself, were you not always that happy and cheerful when you were like him a tension free child who really never gave a shit. I just wonder what changed or kept on leaking from us as we grew up. I have seen it in me and it was life as we should have known it to life as we were told.

Many people have indeed taken great pains in setting out the life map for us and very politely we have accepted it too. I mean that’s the problem that we never tried to figure it out ourselves cos that would have meant a lot of courage, a lot of actions and most importantly it would have required us to come out of this useless and highly fake comfort zone. and many of us could have done that had “the right things” were not being preached and fitted into our minds since our childhood.

A small two minute interaction with this child made me realize all this. How? Cos maybe the smile and the laughter along with happiness that he had was far more valuable and precious than what I portray to have at least 50 times a day. The child was content in what he was doing and no object or things could have changed that for him. Actually he did not care about me or the photo I was taking or for that matter he didn’t care about anyone.  At times we let many people, notions and beliefs interfere with what we are doing or we want to do and what happens is that the things gets either stalled for the future or goes into the cold box, only to be remembered in the future. Incidents like this make me realize that there is a lot to me rather than just running blindly to become a part of these thousand year old traditions.

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